PO Box 324, Southern Pines, NC 28387 · (910) 692-2051 FAX/Phone · moorehistory@connectnc.net · www.moorehistory.com

2016 January 24 Lost Town of Craigrownie Program
2016 February 2 Saving Kenneth Black Cemetery Grave Marking
2016 February 13 Love Your Local Authors Meet and Greet
2016 April 16 Clenny Creek Day at the Bryant House
2016 April 18 Shaw House Tea Room Luncheon
2016 April 26-28 Charlottesville Virginia Tour
2016 April 30 Springfest at the Shaw House
2016 June 12 Annual Meeting
2016 July 17 Civil War Medicines Lecture by Dr. Matt Farina
2016 September 11 The Wayward Girls of Samarcand Lecture
2016 September 17 From There to Here: The Pleasure and Perils of the Import/Export Business Book Signing by Don Tickle
2016 October 3 Autumnfest
2016 October 8 Shaw House Vintage Fair
2016 October 26-28 Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Shirley Plantation Tour
2016 November 5 Tar, Pitch, and Turpentine Demonstration
2016 November 9 Monroe's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Tour
2016 December 4 Bryant House Holiday Open House
2016 December 8 Members Holiday Party
2016 December 9-17 European Christmas Markets Tour
2016 December 9-11 Shaw House Holiday Open House

January 24, 2016

Lost Town of Craigrownie Program

Lecture by Michael Cox
Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe Street, Southern Pines
2:00 pm
No admission charge.

The Moore County Historical Association is sponsoring a presentation by Michael Cox of Southern Pines on Craigrownie, a "lost town" of the Sandhills Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe Street and East Pennsylvania Avenue. The presentation is free.

Cox, an advertising salesman for The Pilot, the local newspaper in Southern Pines, has put together his riveting tale that goes back to an ancestor of his named Duncan Patterson, who was one of the original landowners in the area arriving in North Carolina in 1740. He was one of the Highland Scots who left Scotland to be free of the British and settled much of this area before the Revolutionary War.

Plans for this town to serve as a railroad center, a resort and other activities came to nothing and today it lies becalmed and all but invisible in its hidden nook in northern Richmond County. The town that once covered 30 acres leaves no visible trace today, but it does have a legacy in the people of the area who carry its history through generations of their families. Craigrownie is named for the homeland of Duncan Patterson's wife. The name may be translated to mean "Tree on a Hill," and reflects fond memories of her native Scotland, where Cove Castle, in Argyll, Scotland are located.

February 2, 2016

Saving Kenneth Black Cemetery Grave Marking

Behind Chick-fil-A and Little Caesar Pizza, Southern Pines/Aberdeen
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
No admission charge.

Join the Moore County Historical Association as New South Associates from Greensboro mark the graves at the Kenneth Black Cemetery found by ground penetrating radar (GPR). GPR of the site was done on December 16, 2015 after the Historical Association reached its fundraising goal to hire the company. Coffee and refreshments will be served as guests learn about the cemetery and how the graves were found. Weather permitting.

To find the cemetery - The cemetery is located in Southern Pines/Aberdeen off HWY 15-501 behind the Chick-fil-A and Little Caesar Pizza restaurants. Turn onto the road by the Chamber of Commerce sign. Keep right on the paved road. The road ends a few yards away and there you will see balloons along a dirt road to the left. The cemetery is located .2 of a mile down the road.

February 13, 2016

Love Your Local Authors Meet and Greet

Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
No admission charge.

The Shaw House and Azalea Art Press invite you to LOVE YOUR LOCAL AUTHORS! a very special open house on Saturday, February 13 from 2-4 p.m. Come experience the historic Shaw House in downtown Southern Pines and enjoy tasty Valentine’s Day treats, live music and readings by your favorite writers such as Cos Barnes, Norris Hodgkins, Bill Lindau, Christy Monroe, Sidley Payne, Ann Murphy Robson, Mary Lou Berry Roche, Jennie Rose and more. Free to the public and all are welcome!

April 16, 2016

Clenny Creek Day

Bryant House and McLendon Cabin, 3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
No Admission Charge

Bring all the family to the annual Clenny Creek Day and have food, music, fun, and support the Moore County Historical Association’s maintenance of two historic dwellings: The Bryant House and McLendon Cabin at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road in Carthage.

Admission is free and parking is abundant off Richardson Road in the field, with parking signs showing you where to go. Come and spend the whole day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s the annual rite of spring organized by the Friends of the Bryant House, an 1820s-era furnished home on the site, next door to the 1760s era Joel McLendon Cabin, the oldest dwelling on its original site in Moore County. Both historic house museums owned by the Moore County Historical Association are open year-round for tours. Vendors will have crafts , baked goods, jewelry and all kinds of items for sale and display. Plus we are having a special plant sale including rabbit's eye blueberry plants, hostas, bedding plants, herbs, Flying Dragon bitter orange trees, Night Blooming Cereus Cactus.

There will be a Civil War camp on the beautiful spring grounds.

Demonstrations of old-time activities such as quilting, weaving, and living history will take place throughout the entire day, with craftspersons Cheryl Heath - herbalist, Linda Hardison - weaving, Paula Caddell - pinestraw basket weaving, Jackie Heller - spinning, and Ellis Hardison - bee keeping. The McLendon Cabin was occupied during both the Revolutionary and the Civil War, the Bryant House during the Civil War.

Enjoy a great lunch plus terrific snacks including cheese nachos & popcorn, while listening to the talented musicians including Clyde Maness & Friends, Momma Molasses, Earline, and Cousin Amy Band.

We are hosting a special 30/10/10 raffle with three winners. The top winner will get 30% of the ticket sales and two winners will get 10% each. The remaining sales goes towards the preservation of the properties. Tickets may be purchased at the Shaw House, corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street in Southern Pines, from Friends of the Bryant House or at Clenny Creek Day. You do not have to be present to win.

Money raised from Clenny Creek Day is used to defray maintenance and restoration costs for the two historic house museums. The Friends of the Bryant House money raised by Clenny Creek Day events in past years was recently used for restoration work on the McLendon Cabin to stabilize its chimney and foundation. Other restoration work will be the roof repair on the Bryant House and replacing the rotten sliding.

ACCEPTING VENDOR BOOTH RESERVATIONS. Booths are $20. Read or download our vendor information sheet.

For information, call (910) 692-2051.

April 18, 2016

Shaw House Tea Room Luncheon

Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines
Time to Be Announced
$18 pp

MARCH 23, 2016 UPDATE: The luncheon is booked with all seating closed. Thank you everyone for your support! A special luncheon at the historic Shaw House is set for Monday, April 18, to honor the many decades that the Shaw House tea room served delectable lunches in the ca. 1820s home at 110 Morganton Road in Southern Pines.

The Moore County Historical Association (MCHA) is sponsoring this nostalgic old-timey event by staging two luncheon seatings: at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The cost is $18 per person. For reservations call Grace Jones (910) 281-5417.Space is limited and admission will be by reservation only. Although some parking is available on site, car pooling is recommended.

The MCHA was formed in March 1946 under the leadership of Elizabeth “Buffie” Ives for the purpose of acquiring the Shaw House property. The house, which forms the core of Southern Pines history, was built and occupied by the Shaw family from the 1820s to the 1940s. This year is the 70th anniversary of the Historical Association, which is the oldest historical society in North Carolina in continuous operation.

Many people will remember having lunch at the Shaw House Tea Room until it was discontinued in the 1990s. Its most popular dishes were creamed chicken over waffles and a prune cake dessert. The menu this year will include both of these goodies.

The event is coordinated by volunteer Grace Snelgrove. MCHA Vice President Jim Jones, a restauranteur and volunteer, is in charge of the food preparation. Volunteers will also serve as hosts and wait staff.The Shaw House Tea Room was featured in Ford Times magazine as a “Famous Eating Place,” in 1975.

Make your reservations right away to revisit or experience for the first time this beloved historic tea room and its welcoming staff serving delicious, heartwarming food in the homelike surroundings of the Shaw House. Who knows? Maybe this will become a tradition itself.

April 26-28, 2016

Charlottesville Virginia Tour

Leaves from the Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines

Join Beverly Offutt and Marva Kirk as they present a three-day tour of our early presidential homes. The tour will visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison with additional stops at Jefferson’s summer home, the Walton Mountain Museum, and Michie Tavern. All entrance fees, breakfast, and lunch at the tavern are included. Hotel accomodations are at the English Inn, which has an indoor pool.

Prices: Members, $420 per person, double; $520 per person, single; Non-Members, $425 per person double; $525 per person single.

Transportation is by mini bus. To make a reservation, call 910 295-2257. Payment in cash or check due by March 28.

April 30, 2016

Springfest at the Shaw House

110 W. Morganton Road
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
No Admission Charge

Going to Springfest in Southern Pines? Do a little time traveling and stop by the Shaw House and see how folks lived 100 and 200 years ago. There will be a display of early photographs of the area when it was known as the Pine Barrens and our post-Civil War population were all folks from the North. Did you know there were more hotels in the area around the turn of the 1900s than there are here today? Find out why!

In addition to the displays and tours, we are also hosting a huge second-hand book sale of over 700+ history books from the Howard Muse collection.

June 12, 2016

Historical Association's Annual Meeting

Shaw House in Southern Pines
2:00 pm, BYOC Bring Your Own Chair
Members and Guest of Members, No Admission Charge

This year's annual meeting will be held at our own Shaw House on Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM. The Association's annual meeting bring together our members with a reverence and knowledge of history. In honor of our 70th Anniversary, there will be a special presentation by Ray Owen on the history of the Historical Association. Refreshments will be served.

July 17, 2016

Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality

Presentation by Dr. Matt Farina
2:00 pm, Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe Street, Southern Pines
No Admission Charge

Civil War medicine has been described by the 3 “B’s” – butchery, barbaric and brutal--- by many historians on The History Channel and The Civil War Journal—and some of them were physicians also. This is a flawed approach however. We must look at medicine and even soldiering in the context of the time in which it occurred, not from our perspective 150 years later.

Civil War medicine was flawed; but great advances occurred in medicine because of the War. This presentation will deal with some of the truths and myths about 19th Century medicine and will cover the practical advances that occurred during the War, but are often overlooked. A replica capital amputation kit and other medical items will be on display as part of this presentation.

The presenter, Dr. Matthew Farina, is a retired pediatric cardiologist, who has been a student of Civil War history for many years. He is a past president of the Capital District Civil War Round Table (Albany, NY), and has been editor of its newsletter since 2000. He has been editor of the newsletter for the Rufus Barringer CWRT in Southern Pines, NC since 2007.

September 11, 2016

Wayward Girls of Samarcand

Program by Ms. Anne Russell
2:00 pm, Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe Street, Southern Pines
No Admission Charge

The Wayward Girls of Samarcand is the true story of the sensational 1931 Arson Trial in North Carolina. Sixteen poor white teenage girls faced the death penalty for burning down two dormitories at the State Reform School for Girls. Crusading journalist, socialite, and attorney Nell Battle Lewis defended her clients by exposing sadistic treatment, deplorable conditions, and forced sterilization presided over by Samarcand superintendent Agnes B. MacNaughton. In this her first and last trial, Lewis saved the defendants from the electric chair.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Sam Ragan, Publisher of The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, hired Anne Russell as entertainment editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and encouraged her career as a journalist, poet, historian, playwright, and author of fiction and nonfiction. Anne has enjoyed several writer residencies at Weymouth arts center. With a doctorate in American Studies and MFA in creative writing, she has been university professor of English, Communications, and Graduate Liberal Studies at UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Pembroke.

Anne, who was born in Raleigh and now lives at Wrightsville Beach with her architect husband, spent four years researching and writing this gripping true story set in the Sandhills, teaming with historian Dr. Melton McLaurin, himself a native of North Carolina.

September 17, 2016

From There to Here: The Pleasure and Perils of the Import/Export Business - Book Signing

Author Don Tickle
Shaw House, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
No Admission Charge

Author Don Tickle will be signing his memoir FROM THERE TO HERE: THE PLEASURES AND PERILS OF THE IMPORT/EXPORT BUSINESS at the historic Shaw House in Southern Pines on Saturday, September 17 from 2-4 pm. Don and his wife, Joyce, are residents of Southern Pines and invite you to come and and visit with them and celebrate the publication of Don's book.

Don's international adventures began in his twenties when he unexpectedly became an entrepreneur and purchased a furniture business in High Point. This led to a highly successful life-long career in the furniture import/export trade and brought Don to exotic places he never dreamed about while growing up in rural Surry County, North Carolina.

His business brought Don throughout Asia and China at a time when there were few Americans traveling this part of the world. It often brought him face-to-face with real danger and with customs such as eating in a "snake restaurant" that most of us would never encounter. There was also a lighter side to Don's experiences and his natural good nature allowed him to find humor in his experiences wherever he went.

October 1, 2016

Southern Pines Autumnfest

Southern Pines Town Park
Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Moore County Historical Association’s Autumnfest booth on Saturday, Oct. 1 will be at the Southern Pines downtown park, 9-4 p.m. Admission is free to the annual event held on the first Saturday of October. Event chair Grace Snelgrove promises that this booth will be all about identifying various odd, old-fashioned and mystery objects that MCHA’s veteran committed volunteer Marilyn Hartsell helped select.

“What is it?” is all about fun and painless learning. This free event comes right before the next major MCHA event, the Oct. 8 annual Shaw House Fair where many items will be for sale and there will be door prizes.

October 8, 2016

Shaw House Vintage Collectibles & Antiques Fair

Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road and SW Broad Street, Southern Pines
Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
$2 Admission Charge, Includes 1 Raffle Ticket, Children 12 and Under Free

NOTICE: DUE TO THE HURRICANE THE EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. INFORMATION ABOUT THE SALE WILL BE POSTED. The 8th annual Shaw House Fair of Vintage Collectibles will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9-4 at the historic Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road at Broad Street in Southern Pines.

Admission is with a $2 purchase of a ticket entitling each person to a prize drawing. Other fun at the day itself include tours of the 1820s Shaw House, the Sanders Cabin and Garner House, both 1700s era settlers’ cabins on the site with the Shaw House. The Moore County Historical Association owns the houses and raises money through memberships, donations and fund-raisers such as the Shaw House Fair, to maintain these structures that are also used for free group and individual tours.

Co-President Jim Jones is working to get new vendors and familiar faces to return, in addition to working hard with his wife Grace to spiff up the property and make it attractive when throngs of visitors arrive on the grounds. The Fair is held rain or shine. Last year’s was hampered by nonstop rain, requiring items to be put inside the house where visitors could browse through them. Despite the handicap the MCHA made money on the event, so that hopes are high for this year when the weather will hopefully be sunny and pleasant.

Live music, lunch on the grounds, vendors and all the things familiar from Shaw House Fairs past will be there. The live music includes groups such as Earleine and the Barefoot Peddlars and Berryfield, including Carthage native Al Simmons. The tours and demonstrations will be free that day, and reenactors of the Civil War era as well as frontier reenactors may be present to demonstrate survival skills.

October 26-28, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Shirley Plantation Tour

Depart Shaw House at 8:30 am
Members $585 Double pp, $685 Single pp
Non-Member $595 Double pp, $695 Single pp

Tours of Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestown, VA and the Shirley Plantation will be Oct. 26, 27 and 28. There will be deluxe accommodations with breakfast and all entry fees. Member costs are $585 for double lodging; $685 for a single member; and $595 for non-member double; $695 for non-member single. Tour departs from the Shaw House at 8:30 a.m. by Kirk Tours. Checks are payable by Oct. 5 to Kirk Tours, P.O. Box 3376, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Call Marva for reservations at (910) 295-2257.

November 5, 2016

Tar, Pitch, and Turpentine Program

Bryant House, Carthage
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Program Times at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00
No Admission Charge

Before tobacco, North Carolina’s cash crop were products of the longleaf pine tree. For over 250 years pine tree products were used across the world for things ranging from masts to waterproofing wooden ships.

In fact, the Tar Heel state was the largest supplier of pine tree products (naval stores) in the world.

The now obscure skills to create the tar, pitch and turpentine from the longleaf pine that was necessary to English, other European and American wooden ships sailing the seas and rivers from the 1700s to about 1950 will be demonstrated and discussed. The program is free and is hosted by the Moore County Historical Association.

Bryan Avery, a state-sponsored filmmaker, historian and writer, is presenting this unique and exciting trip into the Tar Heel past. Avery will use pots and other tools originally used for the purpose and will light fires to demonstrate how the cooking, including distilling turpentine from gum, was done.

No admission charge. Attendees should bring their own outdoor seating.

November 9, 2016

Monroe's Crossroads Civil War Battlefield Tour

Depart Shaw House at 9:00 am
Members $50
Non-Member $55

A day tour of Monroe’s Crossroad Civil War Battlefield and Museum of the Cape Fear at Fort Bragg, conducted by the Fort Bragg Cultural Resources agency. Tour departs the Shaw House at 9 a.m. and travel by Kirk Mini Bus. Luncheon will be dutch treat. Members’ cost will be $50, and non-members $55 each. Checks are payable by Nov. 1 to Kirk Tours, P.O. Box 3376, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Call Marva for reservations at (910) 295-2257.

December 4, 2016

Bryant House Holiday Open House

Bryant House & McLendon Cabin, 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage
1:00 to 4:00 pm
No Admission Charge

Get into the old-time Christmas spirit with the annual Christmas open house at the historic Bryant House and McLendon Cabin.

The Moore County Historical Association and Friends of the Bryant House host the event without admission charge so every Yule visitor can get a little taste of how early settlers celebrated Christmas.

Decorations are based on old-timey materials and traditions, there will be refreshments, and live music.

The Bryant House and McLendon Cabin are at 3361 Mt. Carmel Road in Carthage. The cabin is the oldest dwelling remaining on its original site, where it was built in the 1760s. Next door on the same lot is the Bryant House, a bigger dwelling dating back to the 1820s. Along with decorations and refreshments, there is customarily an historical interpretation and tours. The cabin’s huge fireplace has been used for a roaring fire as a small but cozy island of Yule cheer and decorations.

December 8, 2016

Members Holiday Party

Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road and SW Broad Street, Southern Pines
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Members Only, No Admission Charge

Tis the season for yule tide greetings and to say to our members, "thank you for your support." So step back in time and join us in olde holiday cheer.

December 9 to 17, 2016

European Christmas Markets Tour

Classic Christmas markets in Innsbruck, Munich, Wurzburg, Strasbourg and Nuremberg are on the travel agenda set and handled by Collette Tours. We depart Friday, Dec. 9, and return Saturday, Dec. 17. Cost is $3,499 double, and $3,699 single.

A $250 deposit is due at registration, and final payment due Oct. 10.

There will be a special travel presentation at the Shaw House on Wednesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. for those interested in the trip. The Shaw House is at 110 W. Morganton Road, corner of Morganton and Broad Street in Southern Pines. Save $200 by early booking.

For more details call Liz Whitmore at (910) 692-4943. (Whitmore and Collette Tours coordinated last October a nine-day trip through the Canadian Rockies, some of it by train.).

December 9 to 11, 2016

Shaw House Holiday Open House

Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road and SW Broad Street, Southern Pines
1:00 to 4:00 pm
No Admission Charge

Enjoy old-time decorations, warm apple cider and homemade cookies at the annual Christmas Open House. Tour three house-museums built between the 1700s and 1800s. The event is free to the public to let people see how early Southern Pines and Sandhills residents lived.

As a special treat, professional artist Kathleen Vance will make a special appearance on Saturday and Sunday to do portraits in silhouette taking only a few minutes. She’ll  be there from 1-4 both days on a first-come, first-serve basis to be placed in frames which the “sitter” can have immediately to take home. A native of Palo Alto near San Francisco, she moved to Pinehurst about six months ago. She has already produced watercolors of the Shaw House (1820s) that are printed on notecards now for sale in the gift shop. Vance, who studied at prestigious art colleges and studios from Boston to New York’s Art Students’ League, pursued her art for six years in the Caribbean among other places, and has three art degrees, raised a family and even did a stint doing “technical art” along the way. Now she is pursuing her first love-creative art now.