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January 26, 2017

Tour Meeting of Canada’s Marine Coastal Wonders in 2017; South Africa in 2018

Shaw House, Southern Pines
3:00 pm

Visit Canada’s spectacular coastal waters during an 11-day Collette tour in 2017.

Learn more at a preview slideshow set for Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Shaw House, 110 Morganton Road in Southern Pines.  The trip begins with a Sept. 11, 2017 departure.

The Moore County Historical Association is sponsoring the trip through the Collette Tours that we have used for several years. More details will come later for a later 14-day trip planned to South Africa, departure: Feb. 21, 2018.

But first: If you book six months ahead for the upcoming Canadian trip, by April 2017, you will get a $50 discount.

This tour enables you to experience local life at the St. John City market. There are interesting displays on the inventions of Alexander Graham Bell at a museum there. You can learn some Gaelic phrases and join in all the fun. We’ll visit the St. Martin’s Farms, riding through a covered bridge from the 1800s or earlier, explore the fishing village of Luneburg, and the Cabot Trail plus its rugged terrain. There will be a ferry trip to Prince Edward Island, the land “cradled within wages.” Experience the sea-sprayed shoreline to Hopewell Rocks where there is a spectacular view, and visit one of Canada’s most picturesque spots: Peggy’s Cove.

The price per person is $3,649;  if you book by April, 2017 you’ll save $50 and pay 3,599. The trip price includes 17 meals, 10 breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners.

For more details, contact Sarah at the Shaw House at (910) 692-2051.


March 19, 2017

Dr. Matt Farina Presents "Dr. Mary Edwards Walker"

Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe Street, Southern Pines
2:00 pm • Free Admission

A fascinating program, on Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919). Dr. Walker was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

In 1855, she earned her medical degree at Syracuse Medical College in New York, married and started a medical practice. She volunteered with the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War and served as a surgeon at a temporary hospital in Washington, DC, even though at the time women and sectarian physicians were considered unfit for the Union Army Examining Board. She was captured by Confederate forces after crossing enemy lines to treat wounded civilians and arrested as a spy. She was sent as a prisoner of war to Richmond, Virginia, until released in a prisoner exchange.

After the war, she was approved for the highest United States Armed Forces decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor, for her efforts during the Civil War. She is the only woman to receive the medal and one of only eight civilians to receive it.


March 20, 2017

Shaw House Tea Room Luncheon

11:30 am and 1:00 pm Seatings
By Reservation Only

Back by popular demand is the second annual creamed chicken and waffles dining experience at the Shaw House Tea Room. The first “Dining with History” presented with volunteers by the Moore County Historical Association was April, 2016 was a huge success among the diners, many of whom remembered when the MCHA back in the 20th century regularly served  their signature delicious luncheon cooked on site at the Shaw House. As before, there will be pitchers of syrup to be drizzled on the waffles for fans of the creamed chicken/waffle/syrup taste combination.

The beloved menu is same as last year: lunch with dessert and beverage, and the price is the same: $18 prepaid by reservation only. There will be two seatings: one at 11:30 a.m. and the last at 1 p.m. After lunch, diners are invited to visit the gift shop that will be moved outdoors, weather permitting.

Call (910) 281-5417 to reserve seats. Once payment is received in advance your place is reserved. Credit cards are cheerfully accepted as are local checks or cash. For those who want to donate additional funds to help MCHA preserve and protect its five house museums, donations will be cheerfully accepted. There is room for approximately 40 people at any one time, so make your reservations as quickly as possible. Last year the luncheon spaces were filled very quickly so don’t delay.


March 29, 2017

Day Tour to Stagville Plantation, Durham

Departs from the Shaw House
Members $55, Non-Members $65

Day tour by mini-bus to Durham County to visit Stagville Plantation. Stagville has the remains of the South's largest pre-Civil War plantation. It once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860.

Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn built by skilled slave craftsmen, and the Bennehan Family cemetery.

Day tour lunch is Dutch-treat at the Bullock’s Bar-B-Cue which specializes in barbecue and brunswick stew. The day will end with a visit to Bennett Place Historic Site where General Johnson surrendered the Southern armies to General Sherman in 1865. Members $55 Non-Members $65 due March 8th check payable to Kirk Tours.

Call Marva Kirk for reservations. (910) 295-2257.


April 15, 2017

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 12th Annual Clenny Creek Day! Have food, music, and fun while learning how the early settlers lived in Moore County. This year, the Friends of the Bryant House and volunteers are offering an Easter Egg Hunt, period costumes, face painting, and other activities for the kids to enjoy. Buggy Town Coffee will be on site with their special coffees and teas. Front porch music by local musicians along with the customary raffles, historical re-enactors, food, vendor’s sales (handmade jewelry, local honey, vegetable bedding plants, herbs, and more) will be joyed by the whole family. We are counting on Mother Nature to provide us with another beautiful spring day out in the country to enjoy with friends and family.

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

For information, call (910) 692-2051.


April 29, 2017 (11 am-4 pm),
April 30, 2017 (2:30 pm)

Springfest at the Shaw House

The annual Springfest will be observed Saturday, April 29 at the Shaw House (ca. 1821) in Southern Pines with an exhibit of early American coverlets curatored by Linda Hardison. The coverlets will be displayed at the home of the Moore Historical Association and at the two northern Moore early settlers’ cabins corner of Broad Street and Morganton Road. The exhibit will be open from 11-4, with docents available at the two other historic house museums on the site to give visitors information about early dwellings and settlers here  and to answer questions.

Admission is free and so is a program the next day, Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. by Linda Hardison, a retired teacher who lives in northern Moore County, and is a curator of the coverlet exhibit.

Hardison is fascinated by the mystery that she says each coverlet displays to those able to “read” it and she loves to analyze and document each one. The ones in this exhibit are on loan to MCHA and come from other places besides Moore County and Southern Pines.

“My hand weaving focus is on coverlets, and coverlet analysis and documentation,” says Hardison, who considers early American coverlets that will be here that day from many other parts of the U.S. to be a fascinating trip of discovery for her and others trained in that science to enjoy.


May 9, 2017

Tour Collette Special Presentation Africa 2018

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 • 3 pm at the Shaw House

Wildlife safaris, walking tours of quaint seaside villages, meeting and interacting with African elephants, dining under the stars during your stay in a nature conservancy of South Africa—much more--including cable car rides, a lunch and wine visit to a South African winery, an African sundowner in a 4 x 4 for the sunset, and learning about the culture by visits to a local village or two.

These and more experiences will be yours to enjoy during a planned tour, Feb. 21-March 6, of 2018 by Colette Tours, sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association.

Stunning photography showing the marvelous sights of wildlife including lions and other beasts, spectacular scenery, and more details about the day to day itinerary will be provided at a special travel presentation on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Shaw House, corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street in Southern Pines

You must RSVP for this event because seating is limited. Call (910) 639-3823 for reservation to this free presentation if you are considering learning more about the trip. This is small group travel at its best: it rewards travelers with new perspectives, limiting their number to 12-24 people. These make personal adventures that today’s cultural explorers dream of.

Highlights include visits to Cape Town, Table Mountain, Stellenbosch, Entabeni Conservancy, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, and seven wildlife safaris. The maximum elevation is 7,800 feet. And, epic scenery, winding coastlines, visits to spectacular Table Mountain via cable car, afternoon game drives, exotic dining and shopping and museum-hopping experiences, will be yours to enjoy. See the hand-washing ceremony, learn about regional culture and the history of local languages. Journey to the vibrant city of Johannesburg….the list goes on and on.

If you book your trip right away you can save $200. All 14 days, 23 meals, (12 breakfasts, four lunches and seven dinners) are included, as are airfare packages with RDU, attraction fees and taxes, hotels, and related charges.

Booking by July 22, 2017 locks in current rates of $6,999 for double occupancy, and $7,999 for single.

Plus, if you want to extend your vacation, sign up for an optional five days, three night Dubai Pre Tour Extension, at $649 per person, land only. Air fare arranged separately by you. Inquire for air fare at the time of booking this extension tour.


May 21, 2017

Annual Meeting

Lighterwood Farm, The Old Gonsalvo Speight Home Place
2:00 pm

The annual membership meeting for the Moore County Historical Association will be in May this year to enable the attendees to enjoy cooler spring weather instead of the June date observed for several years. It is expected the more pleasant outdoor weather of May 21 when it is being held will attract a larger attendance among members than in extremely hot recent years.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and it’s at Lighterwood Farm, a 140 year old cabin and farmhouse surrounded by beautiful greenery and plants. The farm is in the West End area. Its owner and resident outreach caretaker Jesse Wimberly is a fourth generation away from when his great grandfather built the modest cabin which for years had no running water, no electricity or indoor plumbing. Today the farm and its several hundred acres is part of the Sandhills Area Land Trust but still owned by the family. The SALT program uses the properties as educational tools with easements granted to SALT and visitors to access the property.

Wimberley has modernized the cabin with more up to date facilities that he resides in with a few pets but it still resembles the small, tin roofed home that his ancestor built when he came to Moore County to get into the turpentine business back in 1870. Wimberly will give the program. Directions: From the Pinehurst Traffic Circle take NC 211 toward West End. Turn left at the traffic light onto Foxfire/Hoffman Road, cross the railroad tracks. Look for balloons making the way to the farm. Take a right at the second mailbox that is Lighterwood Farm and stay to the right. The property is in an isolated rural area, so leave home in plenty of time to arrive there.

A feature originally published in Pinestraw Magazine was most recently published in The Pilot and can be read here.


June 3, 2017

Moore County Historical Association and
Sandhills Area Land Trust Presents
"A Glimpse of Moore County History" 

McDonald Artisan Farm, 1615 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen
10:00 am to 12:00 noon • Free Admission • BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)

Join the Historical Association and the Sandhills Area Land Trust as Gene Schoenfelder and Joe McDonald offer a glimpse back into Moore County’s history. Long before there was golf in Moore County, the Civil War and the American Revolution were fought here. But long before the Europeans came to Moore County… there were the local American Indians who inhabited our local land. What Civil War incidents happened in Southern Pines? Who was Kenneth Black and what was his role in the American Revolution? What happened to our American Indians? 

Join us for this taste of history topped with lemonade at the historic McDonald Artisan Farm, built c. 1776. June 3rd is Land Trust Day, and we'll be honoring the permanent protection of this significant property for our community.


June 25, 2017

Jesse Wimberley Presents "The Natural History of the Sandhills"

Southern Pines Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe Street, Southern Pines
2:00 pm • Free Admission

Jesse Wimberley, whose family has been in this area since 1870, will lecture on how the natural history of the Sandhills influenced the cultural history, both past and present. Because Moore County Is divided between two distinct geographic communities Piedmont / Costal plain we have a very diverse natural which led to a unique cultural history.


September 11 - 21, 2017

Canada Coastal Wonders Collette Tour

Details TBA


Octobert 14, 2017

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
No Admission Charge
Details TBA


December 3, 2017

Bryant House Holiday Open House

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


December 7, 2017

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
Details TBA


December 8-10, 2017

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
Details TBA