Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community


Gold! The Carolina Gold Rush and Chevalier Vincent de Rivafinoli, MHA Docent Program, Tuesday, October 7, Fellowship Hall, Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, program at 11. Visitors are welcome.

When little Conrad Reid discovered a 17 pound bright and shining rock in 1799 he started America’s first gold rush. For the next half-century all of America’s gold came from the mid-South and a large proportion of it from Mecklenburg County.  Ann Williams will tell us how panning for gold in creeks evolved into following a vein into the ground, and introduce Jim as the Chevalier Vincent de Rivafinoli, the Italian nobleman and mining engineer who did so much to develop the gold mining industry in Charlotte.

With his fine European clothing, his mulatto body servant, his gold-headed cane, extensive library and well-stocked wine cellar, this world famous mining engineer revolutionized gold mining in America.  This human comet flashed briefly through our skies and then, after three years, went on to other climes.  But his knowledge, skill and innovations improved the gold industry, and led to the establishment the first US branch mint and a number of local fortunes.

Afterwards Jim and Ann Williams will tell us about the movement to establish a new historic district in Charlotte, the Gold District.


Turning To Clay: The Historic Pottery Industry in North Carolina, Saturday, October 4 at 1 to 2:30 pm, South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road.

The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Public Library presents Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Program Archaeologist and Curator at Fort Bragg’s Cultural Resources Management Program. This is part three of the Bringing History to You Series.  Learn about the latest archaeological finds from Old Salem, the Jacob Weaver Kiln site in the Catawba Valley, and the St. Aspah’s District of Southern Alamance County.


Southern Revolutionary War Institute Symposium, Saturday, October 4, 8 am to 5 pm, McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC.  Lunch is included in the $50 registration fee.

This year’s topics focus on “The King’s Own Patriots: Loyalists and Provincials in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.” Presentations feature noted scholars Todd Braisted, Jim Piecuch, Bob Bemis, Ben Rubin, Greg Brooking, Carole Troxler, and Mike Scoggins, plus a tour of the Institutes new facilities.


A Revolutionary Weekend


Saturday through Tuesday, October 4 through 7, at Three Historic Sites.

See http://rev-war-weekend.com/ for details.


Walnut Grove Plantation, near Roebuck, SC


Friday, October 3 from 7 to 9 pm there will be Lantern Tours of the Plantation.


Saturday, October 4 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, October 5 from 10 am to 3 pm there will be a military encampment with battle reenactments at noon and 2:30 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.


Both days there will be a living history festival with colonial crafts and trades such as blacksmith, cooper, broom and basket makers, surveyor, gunsmith, woodworker, weaver and soap maker. Children can make candles, play with toys and games, and write with quill and ink. Bring a picnic or visit the food vendors on site.


Kings Mountain National Military Park.


Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, October 5 from 9 am to 3 pm see demonstrations of musket and rifle firing, children’s militia drills, trades and crafts, 18th-century medicine, cooking, and fife and drum.


Also on Saturday, Guided Lantern Tours along the Battlefield Trail start at 7 pm. Living history interpreters will tell about the night after the battle using actual accounts from participants of the battle.   The last tour leaves at 8 pm.  Reservations required at 864-936-7921.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight.


Cowpens National Battlefield


Saturday, October 4:

10:30am – 11:00am – Non-firing cannon demonstration

11:30am – 12:00pm – Living Historians Common Knowledge will discuss colonial life from the female perspective, with a focus on medicine and textiles

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Ranger guided Battlefield Tour

2:30pm – 3:00pm – Southern Campaign talk

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Living Historian


Sunday, October 5:

10:30am – 11:00am – Non-firing cannon demonstration

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Ranger guided Battlefield Tour

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Southern Campaign talk

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Ken Johnston as “Benedict Arnold”


Monday, October 6:

6:00pm – 7:30pm – The Overmountain Victory Trail Association presents the drama: “A Night before Kings Mountain.” Hear the story of the Overmountain Men and their journey from the colonial frontier to the Battle of Kings Mountain.


Tuesday, October 7, the Anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain

9 am to 5 pm – Honor those who fell in the Battle of Kings Mountain. A wreath laying ceremony at the US Monument will be held at 11 am. The Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers will arrive at 3:00 pm followed by a keynote address by author John Buchannan.