Courtland plans Heritage Day
The Southampton County Historical Society will hold its 23rd annual Heritage Day 2016 from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Heritage Village/Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Courtland.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for school-age children. Preschoolers are free.
Museum equipment such as the sawmill, gristmill and printing presses will run intermittently during the day. Crafts people from Virginia and North Carolina, many in period costumes, will demonstrate old crafts, with craft items for sale.
The Museum of Southampton History, adjacent at 22541 Linden Street, will feature several special exhibits, including six models of local homes and historic buildings built to scale by E.B. Gayle, along with photographs of many more old homes.
The Trains of Southampton features a working train representing downtown Courtland in the 1950s and includes photos of depots, trains, and more. The Prehistory Exhibit displays prehistoric shells, sharks’ teeth, and whale vertebrae from when Southampton County was part of the ocean floor. The Military Room highlights the service of local soldiers in all wars through uniforms, photos, memorabilia and weaponry.
Jeff Hines will sell and autograph his three books. He will have a short presentation at noon outside the museum on the movie “Walk with You,” based on his book about Dred Scott.
Dr. Will Dunstan and Rick Francis will be at the Rebecca Vaughan House, on site, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to answer questions about Nat Turner and the 1831 Southampton slave insurrection.
Always a popular attraction, the museum’s grist mill will be grinding fine cornmeal, which will be available for a donation. Samples of hot cornbread made from that meal will be given away throughout the day. Volunteers will demonstrate the old technique of type setting on the museum’s two old printing presses, an 1885 Chandler & Price and a Columbian #2, treadle operated, hand fed. Visitors can print a free bookmark bearing the museum’s logo.
Antique cars and tractors will be on display. Small gasoline engines will be “put-putting” throughout the day. In addition, the 1920s ground sawmill and planer mill will be in operation several times during the day. The blacksmith shop too will be open, with blacksmiths at work. A state-certified trapper will demonstrate how to handle and tan fur.
String music by Potecasi Creek String Band from Murfreesboro can be heard resonating around the grounds. Shiloh Grass, a local bluegrass band and crowd favorite, will entertain during the day. The little country church is always an attraction, and this year will feature old-fashioned hymn sings. Don Spence, Hillbilly Poet, will recite poems about local history.