The Mecklenburg chapter is joining chapter member and Eagle Scout David Miller (Troop 327, Lakeland District, Piedmont Council) to honor and mark the site of an original slave cemetery at Rehobeth United Methodist Church. David’s Eagle Scout project was to clean the cemetery and identify where the people were buried. We are now honoring those people with a service on February 4, 2018. Color Guard is encouraged to participate. Please email Jim Tatum to participate or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
12 – 1:30pm – Come early and join everybody for a soup, stew and variety lunch/fellowship
2:00pm – The program begins at the site of the slave cemetery
2:30pm – Eagle Scout program will begin inside the Church Family Center (all are invited)
Light snacks will be served following the Eagle Scout program.
The church is located diagonally across from the Jayco Camping Center on Sherrills Ford Road.
From I-77 North:
– Take Exit 36 West on Hwy 150 approximately 7 miles.
– Turn left on Sherrills Ford Rd. and the church will be on the right approximately 300 yards
From Hwy 16 – It is a 4-lane road north
– Right turn on Hwy 16 across business 16. Drive approximately 6 miles from business 16
– Turn right on Sherrills Ford Rd. and the church will be on the right approximately 300 yards
Chapter member Jim Tatum will be smoking his famous pork BBQ!
The Mecklenburg chapter will welcome back Thomas Jefferson as our special President’s Day Community Dinner speaker on February 15, 2018 in Charlotte, NC at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel.
Historical actor Bill Barker presents an enlightening, informative and educational look at the life of the 3rd U.S. President as it might have been told by Mr. Jefferson himself. Mr. Barker brought Thomas Jefferson to us 6 years ago as our very first President’s Day Dinner guest.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Barker’s interest in Thomas Jefferson reaches back to his youth. He enjoys researching the American world Jefferson knew with an interest in the role the man played and continues to play in our American identity. He has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He first came to Williamsburg in the spring of 1993 to perform as Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg. He has continued to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, and assists in the development of Jefferson programs for the Foundation.
This special President’s Day event in Charlotte is perfect for all ages, groups, families and anybody who loves American history!
On Saturday, February 17th at 10:00AM, the SAR and DAR will host the annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration in the Prizery. The program will include greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, Daar and local officials. The Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Phil Wiliams. Dan McMichael, protraying General Nathanael Greene, will present the keynote address.
Following the morning program, guests are invited to visit the permanent exhibit located on the third floor of the Prizery and the outdoor exhibit at the Boyd’s Ferry site on teh Dan River. A Brunswick stew lunch will be available for a cost of $5.
Weather permitting, a dramatic re-enactment of the Crossing of the Dan by British and Colonial troops will culminate the day’s activities. A replica of a ferry boat will transport troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.
Please join us as we celebrate the Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the 1st Patriot victory during the war for Independence. Activities will include musket and cannon demonstrations throughout both days, as well as demonstrations of colonial trades such as blacksmithing, candle dipping, spinning, cooking, gardening, powder horn making, colonial toys and games, live music, and much more. For up to date information, please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moorescreeknps. The event is FREE and activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2018 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
The combined North Carolina SAR Color Guard and North Carolina DAR chapters will commence a memorial walk on Saturday February 25 starting at the visitor’s center at 10:00 AM. There will be wreaths presented at the Women’s Momunment, at the Moore Monument, at the Loyalist Monument and finally at the Patriot John Grady Monument.
Vendors will be available for lunch at the Battleground. In addition, around 11:30 AM following the event a fund-raising lunch will be served at the Currie Community Baptist Church. The cost will be $10 per person; reservations for the meal must be made with John Thornhill by 7 Feb 2018. Cell phone contact: (910) 284-0232. Seating is limited; reservations for the meal are required.
28396 Nc Highway 210
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge- February 27, 1776
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, fought between North Carolina Patriot and Loyalist militia forces, demonstrates the bitter internal divisions that marked the American Revolution. The Loyalist, mostly Scottish Highlanders wielding broadswords, charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge, nearly a thousand North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. Expecting to find only a small Patriot force, the Loyalist advanced across the bridge. Shots rang out and 30 to 70 Loyalist lay wounded or dead, including Lt. Col. Donald McLeod, who led the charge. Stunned, outgunned, and leaderless, some of the Loyalist surrendered, while others retreated in confusion.
Moores Creek is the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution and the site of the last Scottish Highland broadsword charge. The victory ended British authority in the colony and stalled a full-scale British invasion of the South for nearly four years. The resulting Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776, instructed North Carolina’s delegates the Continental Congress to vote for independence; it was the first American colony to take such action.
Craig Thompson Friend is Humanities and Social Science Distinguished Graduate Professor of History and Director of Public History at NC State University. He is also 2017-2018 President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
Topic:George Washington’s Birthday and the Origins of American Commemorative Culture