Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

For site contact information see the most recent MHA Docents Dandelion Newsletter

Admission charged at all events unless otherwise noted.

Many of these events sell out so it is best to register at the web sites.


Now that Thanksgiving is over, begin the Christmas Season in a historical way at all the local historic sites. There are too many of these to attend them all, but you will want to plan to attend one or two to get in the Christmas Spirit.


MHA Docents Annual Christmas Tea Luncheon, Tuesday, December 5.

Business meeting at 9:45 am, program at 10, followed by the Tea. Please join us in the fellowship hall at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church for the MHA Docents’ December Tea and Luncheon, our gift to the history community to share with friends both old and new. This year we will again participate in the annual Toys for Tots program. To participate bring a new, unwrapped toy.

The program will feature the history of a small mill town first named McAden Mills but now famously known as Christmas Town USA. Our speaker, Dick Roberts, one of the original organizers of the annual, month-long McAdenville Tree Lighting ceremony, will share stories of the area’s rich history, including why the names Springs and McAden are important to its heritage.  Learn how he and a small group of volunteers, along with the dedicated support of Pharr Yarns, created this wonderful annual Christmas event.

After Mr. Roberts’ talk, we’ll hear about the 20th anniversary of the Historic Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley.  Their brief presentation will feature the Guild’s highlights and accomplishments.  There will be several tables of pictures and memorabilia featuring both the McAdenville lights and the cooking guild’s activities, along with a display of dishes from Christmas’ past.

Docents:  Please be at the church by 9:30 to arrange your dishes on the serving table.  All docents should bring a dish to share for our Tea/Luncheon.  We will be joined by many of our friends in the history community, so do be generous when planning your dish.


Employment Opportunity at Historic Latta Plantation.

Latta has an opening for a Historic Interpreter/Event Coordinator.  This is a full-time, salaried position. For details contact David Clay, Latta Executive Director, 704-875-2312 ext. 303, dclay@lattaplantation.org  There is also an opening for a part time, weekday mornings, farm assistant with large-animal experience.


Rosedale Musical Christmas, Saturday, December 2 from 11 am to 4 pm, Historic Rosedale.

Join us this holiday season as we reach out to Christmas past. Beautiful music will fill the air from harp, bagpipes, dulcimer, hand bells and a caroling troubadour. The first floor of the home will be open for viewing, and decorated in its 19th century holiday finest. In the Basement Kitchen you will see more of the house and do some gift shopping with our vendors. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Each group will also receive a bogo coupon for regular house tours, so you’ll be able to come back to experience the entire house.


A Candle Light Christmas, Saturday, December 2 from 6 to 9 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

Walk through the Candle-lit plantation and see everything alive, as if you’re peeking through the windows of a doll house. Live music, a live Nativity and refreshments.


Christmas Tea Party, Saturday, December 2 at 1 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

Mothers and Daughters along with their Dollies, will enjoy this exciting tea party held in an enchanting quaint cabin. Crafts, refreshments and history will be served at this reservation-only event. Call 704-875-2312 for details.


Christmas Candlelight Tours, Saturday December 2 from 3 to 9 pm, Historic Brattonsville.

Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate the Christmas of the backcountry settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries and you will learn of old and new Christmas traditions. There will also be children’s activities including a visit with Father Christmas while you relax around the campfire and enjoy musical entertainment.  Food will be available for purchase.


Matthews Christmas Stroll, Saturday December 2 from 3 to 7 pm.

The Matthews Heritage Museum will participate in the Christmas Stroll which is open and free to all who wish to participate. During the afternoon, we will light the town Christmas tree.


The Spirit of Christmas Past, Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 7 pm, Free, Kings Mountain Historical Museum.

From 10 am to 3 pm experience the magic of the “Toys, Games & Trains” exhibit, and tour the historic Barber House decorated for the holidays. Learn about the history of Christmas celebrations, and participate in traditional craft demonstrations led by 18th century costumed interpreters.  Take home your own hand-made ornaments.

From 3 to 5 pm view the City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas Parade.

From 5 to7 pm enjoy a special “night run” of the “Toys, Games & Trains” exhibit, candlelight tours of the historic Barber House and hot apple cider with cookies by the firelight.


A Golden Christmas, Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site.

Join us for holiday cheer with a little history added in. Activities include a hayride, holiday crafts, holiday decorations, a German Christmas Market with vendors and demonstrators, and candlelit mine tours.


Charlotte Folk Society Annual Holiday Potluck & Jams, Saturday, December 2, Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, From 2 to 10 pm, Free.

Entrees & beverages provided. Bring a side dish to serve 8 people or donate $10 per person towards expenses. Song circle & jam sessions at 4 pm and after dinner. Dinner at 5 pm. Family-friendly and open to the public. 704-563-7080; www.folksociety.org


Holiday Tea & Shopping at the Duke Mansion, Sunday December 3 from 2 to 4 pm. $35.00, Duke Mansion.

Brighten your holiday season with a delicious holiday tea at The Duke Mansion. At 2 pm, shop for memorable gifts from some of Charlotte’s top boutiques. At 3 pm, savor tea in the living room with tea sandwiches, canapes, scones, and sweets. Stroll the public areas and grounds of this mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places.


Genealogy Group 1, Saturday December 2 at 10 to 11:30 am, York County Library.

Interested in genealogy? Need help with your research? This small support group meets once a month to discuss our research, techniques, and new sources, and to help each other learn more about our family history.


1830s Christmas in the White House, Saturday, December 2 at 2 pm, Andrew Jackson State Park.

Learn how Christmas was celebrated with President Jackson at the White House. We will be joined by a special guest who will share her experiences at Christmas time in the 21st Century White House.