Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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

Admission charged at most events unless otherwise noted.

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


A Trip to Loray Mill in “Spindle City,” (Gastonia), Tuesday, April 2 at 10:45 am, Tour starts at 11 am, Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents, Free, the Public is Invited.

This tour will include the history of the mill which opened in 1902, its transition from textiles to tire cording and to its current renovation as a history center and a place for businesses and residences.

Loray Mill was the site of the 1929 strike in which Ella May Wiggins was killed.  Ella May was quite a character: a mill worker and balladeer who lived in an African American mill village.  She supported the Textile Workers Union, and participated in the Communist sponsored strike.

Loray Mill, 300 Firestone Street, is a large brick building with plenty of parking; it is easy to spot when you turn onto Firestone Street.  From the parking lot use the brick path to the building’s front entrance.  Those wishing to stay for lunch may eat at the Growler located in the same building.  Take I 85 south  to Gastonia.  Exit on Highway 321 and go south.  At Franklin St., turn right, go about a mile and turn left on Firestone Street.  Loray Mill will be one block on your right.


Relentless Catharine; Discussion from 2 to 3 pm, Book Signing and Reception from 5 to 6 pm, Saturday, March 30, Historic Brattonsville, Free.

Pat Veasey is an award-winning educator and author whose historical research delves into the lives of those in the Brattonsville community in the 18th and 19th centuries. She will discuss her latest work, Relentless Catharine: Educator, Community Activist and Author in Antebellum South Carolina.


Children’s Day on the Farm, Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Discover how children contributed to 18th and 19th century farm life.  Events include magician Simon St. Clair
plowing demonstration, candle-dipping, butter churning, quill pen writing, clay marble-making, cow milking demonstration, live animals in the barnyard, chicken egg hunting, 18th century cooking, tape loom weaving, toys and games, making wooden pegs in the woodworking barn, gardening activities, including planting, hoeing, and building a wattle fence, blacksmith demonstrations and 19th century school activities.


Oyster Roast, Sunday, March 31 from 2 to 5 pm, Historic Rosedale.

At this annual tradition of good food and good times, oysters are roasted outside in the true Southern coastal tradition. The usual fixins will be available, plus a low country boil and hot dogs. There will be beer and wine for adults and you can expect great live music, a craft beer tasting, and other fun things to do at this 3-hour afternoon happening.  Reservations must be purchased no later than noon Friday, March 22.  No tickets will be available at the door.


Local Author Randell Jones, Saturday March 30 at 2 pm, Free, Kings Mountain Historical Museum.

This program will highlight the 250th anniversary of Daniel Boone’s first excursion through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky and the stories of the women who were a part of that adventure.  Funding by the North Carolina Humanities Council.


 “Saving Colonel Williams,” with Randell Jones, Monday, April 1 at 7 pm, Revolutionary War Round Table of the Backcountry, USC-Upstate, Spartanburg, SC.

Randell Jones presents the newly discovered history of the route in the Catawba River Valley used by the Lincoln County (NC) Militia and the SC Militia to get to the Battle of Kings Mountain. This new telling is a collaborative effort of three independent scholars (Anderson/Robertson/Jones) which allows us to correct the long-suspect narrative about the actions of Col. James Williams, thus making him perhaps the real hero of the battle. Optional dinner at 6 by reservation; talk at 7 pm, $5. Campus Life Ballroom.


Your DNA and Family History, Sunday, March 31 at 4 pm, Davidson Friends Meetinghouse, 625 South Street, Davidson, Davidson Historical Society, Free.

Genealogist Marilyn Jones will discuss DNA testing and how it can enhance your genealogy research inAn Introduction and What to Expect from DNA Results,”  She will review different types of DNA tests and what to expect from each, as well as the major testing companies and the benefits of each.


100 Years of the Vote, Coffee and Conversation, Saturday, March 30 from 10 to 11:30 am, Free, President James K. Polk State Historic Site.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and Charlotte will be hosting the Republic National Convention. We are developing an exhibit to be displayed through the year and we want to hear from you. We will tell you what we have in mind and ask you to tell us what you would like to see. What aspects of this area of history are of greatest interest to you?  What do you think is most critical to include?  What types of objects or displays would you like to see?