Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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North Branch MHA Meeting, Field Trip to Holly Bend, Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm, Free.

We will meet at Holly Bend, the large frame plantation house located on the continuation of Neck Road past Rural Hill. After you pass the walled Davidson family cemetery, turn left and go through the cedar tree canopy. Holly Bend is on your right. It was built by Robert Davidson between 1795 and 1800 on 420 acres adjacent to Rural Hill, the home of Major John Davidson, his father, who gave Robert the 420 acres in 1795. Holly Bend was completed before Robert married Margaret Osborne on January 1, 1801. Robert and Margaret, who had no children, lived at Holly Bend until they died, he in 1853 and she in 1864.

The significance of Holly Bend lies not in its exterior appearance, but in the treatment of the interior. The use of such lavish interior trim in an outwardly unexceptional house, together with the exuberantly vernacular handling of forms, makes Holly Bend unique. The lively creativity of the carpenter-interpreter transformed the standard Adamesque compositions into a purely local expression of Federal Neo-Classicism. Join us for a tour of Holly Bend. If you have questions, contact Sarah Sue Hardinger, sarahsuenc@gmail.com, or (704) 906-6656).


Letters from Home, Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm, Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, Sons of the American Revolution, Buy your tickets now as these events usually sell out.

“Letters from Home” is America’s Bombshell Duo, featuring their 1940’s-style patriotic music, comedy and dance. These dynamic entertainers travel the country honoring our nation’s Veterans, active military heroes and their families by reviving patriotism through their 1940’s-style music.  Veterans are encouraged to wear their ribbons or part of a uniform to signify their service.   Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for children, including dinner, so buy your tickets now by sending your check, to the Mecklenburg Chapter SAR, c/o Tom Phlegar, 7324 Marlbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212-4770.


Hats Off to Mom, Thursday, Friday, & Sunday: May 5, 6 & 8 (no tours Saturday, May 7 due to private event) at 1:30 & 3:00 pm, Historic Rosedale.

A special look at hats & headwear through the ages. Examples of how millinery fashion changed as displayed by different hats in the many rooms of the home. As part of this special program our prized green silk bonnet, one of the oldest locally made textiles, will be on display for these three days only. Wear your favorite hat and come on out to Rosedale for a one-of-a-kind hats off experience.


Happy Birthday General William Lenoir, Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, Fort Defiance.

Celebrate William Lenoir’s 266th birthday, tour Fort Defiance and learn about its construction.  Hear how it looked when the General was alive and about some of his hobbies. There will be a birthday cake at noon for the General.


Special Forces in Vietnam, History Club Meeting, Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm, The Rowan Museum.


Book Sale at the Museum, Matthews Heritage Museum.

The Craig Marek collection of 275 books on World Wars I and II are offered for sale. The inventory includes the complete 156-volume Ballantine Illustrated History of WWII.  See the web site for a complete listing of the books including title, author, condition, and cost.


Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour – NoDa, Saturday, May 7 at 11 am, Free.

Meet at Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson Street and join us for a one hour walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood, an eclectic arts district and community that began as a mill village. Following the tour, we will host a reception.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.  Preregistration required.