Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Stepping Back in Time:  Hearthside Cookery, this Saturday, October 18 from 10 am to 3 pm, Westmoore Pottery, Busbee Road, off Highway 705 between Seagrove and Robbins NC.

Cooks from The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will be the guest presenters this year as they cook foods in the large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery using historical “receipts” (as recipes were then called) from the late 18th century.


Civil War Reenactment at Historic Brattonsville, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Battle reenactments at 2 p.m. each day, plus cannon-firing demonstrations, historic archery demonstrations, camp life activities and children’s military demonstrations. Historic interpreters dressed in 19th century clothing will be guiding guests through the antebellum plantation’s house museums.  Food available for purchase.


Spirits of Rosedale, Fridays and Saturday, October 24, 25 and 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Join us for Halloween as the Spirits of Rosedale come back to life. Discover why, even today, they remain in this 200 year-old plantation. Let the spirits transport you through the history of this mysterious place. Meet spirits bound by tragic epidemics, insanity, greed, and hope for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Don’t linger too long with the spirits…. they might put the Hoodoo on you! Appropriate for ages six and up.


The Haunted Home Site, Friday, October 24 at 7 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

Join us for ghouls, goblins and ghost stories.


Legends and Lanterns Halloween Tours, Saturday, October 25 and Thursday, October 30 from 6 to 9 pm each evening, Old Salem.

Tour Salem’s nighttime streets, visit haunted shops and hear local ghost tales.


Trick or Treat in Old Salem, Sunday, October 26 from 6 to 7:30 pm, Free.

Trick-or-treating throughout the historic district for children who should be accompanied by a parent or adult. South Main Street from Salem Square to Frank L. Horton Museum Center.


Ghost Walks, Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 from 6 to 9 pm, Latta Plantation. Travel through the Plantation at night as you venture past an explosive Civil War battlefield, survive a soldiers cemetery, escape a ghostly prison camp and enjoy being frightened, all in the spirit of Halloween.


The History of Reed Gold Mine, Tuesday, October 28, Reception at 6:30, Program at 7 pm, Matthews Historical Foundation, at the Matthews Woman’s Club, 208 South Trade Street.

Aaron Kepley will present a program on the Reed Gold Mine, an NC Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark, which is the location of the first documented gold find in the United States.


Say Ahh!…and Eek! Medical Horror Stories at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, Special Halloween-Inspired Tours, Tuesday through Friday, October 21-24 at 1, 2, and 3 pm.

Learn about the dark side of medical history, including the “American Chamber of Horrors,” Civil War era anesthesia and amputations, the study of cadavers, electrotherapy, the deadly Spanish influenza epidemic, and other cringe-worthy exhibit subjects.


The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon Fund Raiser, Monday, October 27 at 6 pm, Historic Rosedale.

This is a period farm to table five course gourmet dinner.  It is our primary fund raiser to support preservation and education for the Historic Rosedale Plantation Foundation.  The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon Antebellum Dinner is phenomenal; there really isn’t anything like it in the Southeast. Tickets are $150 each.  The meal will be prepared by celebrity chefs coordinated by Executive Chef Robert Marilla from CPCC. Diners will enjoy open bar cocktails in the house and garden, butlered hors d’oeuvres and a candle-lit dinner under a tent on our expansive lawn. Carefully selected wines will be paired with each course.


Francis Marion Symposium, Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, Manning, SC.

http://www.francismarionsymposium.com  This year’s program will feature presentations by Chris Swager, David Reuwer, David Neilan, Peggy Pickett, Ben Rubin, J. D. Lewis, Fin Smith, Scott Aiken, Joe Stukes, and a discussion led by Charles Baxley.


Your Top-Secret Mission: Get To The Duke Mansion’s “Homeland” Halloween Party and Fund Raiser, Saturday, October 25 at 7 pm.

Calling all assets and high-ranking officials: You’re invited to a top secret briefing this Halloween at The Duke Mansion.  Expect great food, live music, and a chance to blow your cover at the historic mansion known as Vice President William Walden’s home on the television series “Homeland.” Costume or cocktail attire.  $75.00 admission.


Music of the Highlands: Jamie Laval in Concert, Friday, October 24 at 7 pm, Gaston County Museum.

 Jamie Laval is the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion. He performs the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.  Contact Jason Luker at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at Jason.Luker@gastongov.com. Or order tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com.