Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Spratt-Haglar Statue YouTube Link.

In case you missed the inaugural broadcast of the new Trail of History TV segment on the new Trail of History statue of Thomas Kanawha Spratt and Catawba Chief King Haglar, here is a link to it on YouTube .



Ann wonders if a Trail of History TV show about a statue in the Trail of History is that storied “intersection of two Indian trails” where it was said Charlotte was founded.


First Footin’ and Hogmanay, Thursday, January 1 at 11 am, Free, Historic Rural Hill.

First Footin’, also known as walking the bounds or “beating” the bounds is the traditional walk in the woods and fields around the boundaries of Rural Hill.  Dress appropriate to the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Hogmanny or Scottish New Year is a celebration of the New Year by sharing stone soup with your neighbors.  The event is free but bring some vegetables to add to the soup or bring bread or desert.


German Christmas Celebration, Saturday, December 27 from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, December 28 from noon to 4 pm, Rowan Museum and Old Stone House.

Tour the 1766 two story Georgian house decorated for Christmas in 18th century style.  Learn about the house from costumed docents and observe musket firing, woodworking, weaving, candle making and hearth cooking plus music, children’s games, goats and chickens.  The Old Stone House is on Old Stone House Road off Highway 52 in Granite Quarry, NC.


The Duke Mansion’s 100th Birthday Party on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, from 8 pm to 1:30 am.

Dinner, dancing, champagne toast to ring in the New Year and late-evening breakfast.  Black Tie, $515 per couple or $258 single tickets, RSVP to kelllis@tlwf.org or 704/714-4445

Enjoy the best of everything Charlotte has to offer in a celebration of the mansion’s 100th birthday in 2015.   Experience a sumptuous multi-course dinner from Chef Harrison Booth in a heated tent adorned with lights on the McGuire Lawn.  Dance to the romantic vibe from That Guy Smitty, named Best Lounge DJ by Creative Loafing.  Toast the New Year at midnight with champagne, and enjoy a late-evening breakfast to start the New Year in style.