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


School Year 2017- 2018

Historic Sites Open For School Tours

Shaw House Properties and Bryant House Properties

The Moore County Historical Association invites teachers to consider visiting one or more of our five sites. These historic sites bring history to life and complements your social studies programs. We are a non-profit organization with a mission to protect history and share resources while engaging visitors with memorable experiences. When your students visit either the Southern Pines or Carthage properties, they will take a guided tour through our houses as they compare and contrast the time period in which the people of the past lived and our lives today. Advance planning is extremely important as our sites do require reservations for groups. Our docents want to provide your students with an enjoyable educational program. Admission and the tours are free. More information is available in our School Groups Information Sheet.


February 1, 2018

Scotland Tour Information Meeting

Shaw House, Southern Pines • 2 pm

A visit to Scotland might be just what you will enjoy for a 10-day tour Sept. 16-25, handled by Collette Gateway guest experiences. The Moore County Historical Association is offering a special travel presentation with all the details on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Shaw House, 110 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines. You must RSVP for this by calling (910) 692-2051.

Highlights on this trip include bagpipe lessons, visit to a whiskey distillery, the Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle, Loch Ness, the Orkney Islands, Dunrobin Castle, a Sheepdog Demonstration, St. Andrews, with a choice on the tour, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish Cooking Experience.

The tour starts on Sunday, Sept. 16 with an overnight flight to the country of stunning landscapes, lively cities, and stirring history.

The tour begins next day, Sept. 17 in Glasgow. This city was Scotland’s Victorian era capital city. You’ll visit the National Piping Centre, hear a demonstration and if you like, give it a go. There will be a welcome dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 you’ll be in Glasgow for a leisurely morning and visit to a renowned whiskey distillery. You can taste why Highland malt whiskey is considered the world’s finest. Continue to the Highlands, through dramatic sceney of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, then arrive at your hotel to spend the night at Loch Linnhe.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19 you’ll take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, known in poetry and song as “the misty isle.” Visit museums, the Armadale Castle and Gardens, learning more about island life and the history of Skye. You’ll conclude with a ferry crossing back to the mainland, visiting where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Many of the losing side in this rebellion emigrated to America, and many of them settled in North Carolina and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Thursday,  Sept. 20 you’ll see stunning and unspoiled landscapes further into the Highlands. You’ll see the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle, then enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. You may get to see the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately nicknamed “Nessie.” The Great Glen where you’ll travel today is famous for its many lochs (lakes), finishing the day in Thurso.

Friday, Sept. 21, sees you taking  a ferry to the Orkney Islands that were once a Viking stronghold off the coast of Scotland. On crossing you’ll see much bird life and maybe porpoises and seals. This is a “magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience,” says Collette’s guidebook. The remains of a Neolithic village, built at the same time as the great pyramids in Egypt will be on your tour, as will the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reportedly older than Stonehenge. Visit the Viking town of Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.

On Saturday, Sept. 22 you’ll visit the Culloden battlefield itself. This is in the eastern highlands near Thurso. The battle changed the course of history in April, 1746, all during a half-hour of fighting. Also a stop is planned at the majestic Dunrobin Castle, dating back to the 1300s.There will be breathtaking views along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast, and you’ll have an overnight stay in the Eastern Highlands.

Sunday, Sept. 23 continues the visit to the eastern Highlands, including a stop at a family run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. You will see sheepdogs at work while surrounded b the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Next the Victorian town of Pitlochry will offer time at leisure before you travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. You will see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course, then end  your day in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.

The ninth day of Monday, Sept. 24 in Edinburgh is your choice, allowing you to go on a locally guided panoramic city tour, explore both Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Or you can join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot, descending into the city’s vast underground vaults where a world unchanged since the 18th century lies waiting. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening will offer a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. With a “wee dram” in hand you can toast the end of an unforgettable, wonderful journey.

The tour ends on the 10th day, Tuesday, Sept. 25 and its home again from Edinburgh.


March 11, 2018

Scottish Settlers in the Sandhills Lecture
The Failed 1884 Highland Emigration to the Sandhills

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

Highland Scots came in large numbers to the greater Sandhills region beginning in 1739. The last major effort to recruit Scots to the area occurred in the 1880s and was sponsored by John T. Patrick (the founder of Southern Pines) and others. By the summer of 1884 around 300 or more Highland Scots had been located and settled here. Within less than a year they were mostly gone. What happened?

The lecture is presented by Bill Caudill, Founder and Director of the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews University.


March 19, 2018

Shaw House Tea Room Luncheon

Seating 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Due to popular demand the third annual Moore County Historical Association luncheon is set for March 19 at the Shaw House and Garner Cabin, corner of Morganton Road and Broad Street in Southern Pines.

Two seatings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This year, take out service is offered. Reservations are  required, both for the seated meals served by volunteers, and any take-outs. When you prepay for your meal your reservation is made. The take-outs can be picked up at the Shaw House between 11:45 and 12:45 p.m. that day, also based on prepaid reservations already made.

The historic menu is homemade creamed chicken on waffles, with maple syrup to drizzle over it if you wish. Dessert is traditional homemade prune cake. The MCHA has revived this time-honored and beloved menu to offer once a year that was formerly served daily for a couple of decades.  Chefs are Jim Jones, co-president, retired entrepreneur and Roberta Williams, both professional culinary artists.

Cost per person is $20. To reserve a meal and a seat call (910) 281-5417. Paid reservations will be accepted as long as seating lasts and payment is received. We accept credit cards and local checks.


April 21, 2018

Clenny Creek Day

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The 13th annual Clenny Creek Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the historic Bryant House (1820) and McLendon Cabin (1760s). Previous years have offered live music, vendors, historical interpretation, Civil War encampment, raffles, plant sales, children’s activities, face painting, food (including a favorite - pintos and cornbread cooked on site), period costumes, plant sales, and more. The Friends of the Bryant House use all proceeds from this free event for maintenance and repair of both houses.


April 28, 2018

Springfest at the Shaw House

11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Details TBA


May 20, 2018

Annual Meeting

Details TBA


September 16-25, 2018

Scotland Tour

A visit to Scotland might be just what you will enjoy for a 10-day tour Sept. 16-25, handled by Collette Gateway guest experiences.

Highlights on this trip include bagpipe lessons, visit to a whiskey distillery, the Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle, Loch Ness, the Orkney Islands, Dunrobin Castle, a Sheepdog Demonstration, St. Andrews, with a choice on the tour, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish Cooking Experience.

The tour starts on Sunday, Sept. 16 with an overnight flight to the country of stunning landscapes, lively cities, and stirring history.

The tour begins next day, Sept. 17 in Glasgow. This city was Scotland’s Victorian era capital city. You’ll visit the National Piping Centre, hear a demonstration and if you like, give it a go. There will be a welcome dinner at the Centre’s farm-to-table restaurant.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 you’ll be in Glasgow for a leisurely morning and visit to a renowned whiskey distillery. You can taste why Highland malt whiskey is considered the world’s finest. Continue to the Highlands, through dramatic sceney of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, then arrive at your hotel to spend the night at Loch Linnhe.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19 you’ll take a stunning drive along the “Road to the Isles” and over the Skye Bridge to the legendary Isle of Skye, known in poetry and song as “the misty isle.” Visit museums, the Armadale Castle and Gardens, learning more about island life and the history of Skye. You’ll conclude with a ferry crossing back to the mainland, visiting where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied the clansmen for battle during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Many of the losing side in this rebellion emigrated to America, and many of them settled in North Carolina and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard.

Thursday,  Sept. 20 you’ll see stunning and unspoiled landscapes further into the Highlands. You’ll see the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle, then enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. You may get to see the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately nicknamed “Nessie.” The Great Glen where you’ll travel today is famous for its many lochs (lakes), finishing the day in Thurso.

Friday, Sept. 21, sees you taking  a ferry to the Orkney Islands that were once a Viking stronghold off the coast of Scotland. On crossing you’ll see much bird life and maybe porpoises and seals. This is a “magical place that very few visitors to Scotland get to experience,” says Collette’s guidebook. The remains of a Neolithic village, built at the same time as the great pyramids in Egypt will be on your tour, as will the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar, reportedly older than Stonehenge. Visit the Viking town of Kirkwall before returning to the mainland.

On Saturday, Sept. 22 you’ll visit the Culloden battlefield itself. This is in the eastern highlands near Thurso. The battle changed the course of history in April, 1746, all during a half-hour of fighting. Also a stop is planned at the majestic Dunrobin Castle, dating back to the 1300s.There will be breathtaking views along the windswept cliffs of Scotland’s east coast, and you’ll have an overnight stay in the Eastern Highlands.

Sunday, Sept. 23 continues the visit to the eastern Highlands, including a stop at a family run farm set in the heart of the Highlands. You will see sheepdogs at work while surrounded b the mountain wilderness of Cairngorms National Park. Next the Victorian town of Pitlochry will offer time at leisure before you travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. You will see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course, then end  your day in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.

The ninth day of Monday, Sept. 24 in Edinburgh is your choice, allowing you to go on a locally guided panoramic city tour, explore both Old and New towns before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Or you can join a local expert and explore the Old Town and Royal Mile on foot, descending into the city’s vast underground vaults where a world unchanged since the 18th century lies waiting. Both choices include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. This evening will offer a lively and interactive cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions. With a “wee dram” in hand you can toast the end of an unforgettable, wonderful journey.

The tour ends on the 10th day, Tuesday, Sept. 25 and its home again from Edinburgh.


October 6, 2018

Autumnfest in Southern Pines

Details TBA


October 13, 2018

Shaw House Vintage Collectibles & Antiques Fair

Details TBA


December 2, 2018

Bryant House Holiday Open House

Details TBA


December 6, 2018

Members Holiday Party

Details TBA


December 7-9, 2018

Shaw House Holiday Open House

1:00 to 4:00 pm, Details TBA