EDENTON — Agriculture in northeastern North Carolina will be the focus of this month’s 2nd Saturday event tomorrow at the Historic Edenton Visitor Center on North Broad Street.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. visitors will have the opportunity to hear from Bob Harrell of Chowan County. Harrell will talk about his experiences growing up on a family farm. He will also be displaying and answering questions about horse-drawn plows and other old-time farm equipment.
“I’m going to tell them (visitors) how we lived with my grandma and granddaddy at their farm on Brayhall Road until I was 6 years old,” Harrell said. “I followed behind my granddaddy in the fields from the time I could walk.”
Harrell said when he was old enough he helped work in the fields.
“When my granddaddy died my daddy took it (the farm) over,” Harrell said. “I worked on the farm until I graduated from high school and joined the Army Air Corps. But the memory of those times has stayed with me all my life.”
Harrell may be best known as the founder of the Albemarle Learning Center that for years provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children, and a space for the preservation of agricultural tools and equipment from days gone by. He said the closest he comes to farming these days is picking peaches from the trees in his yard and taking them to the local farmers market to sell.
But Harrell still loves talking about how in the old days a horse-drawn plow was an essential part of farming and then comparing that to the strides in growing crops that have been made in modern times.
Carolyn Owens, programming and special events coordinator at the visitor center, said she was delighted Harrell accepted her invitation to share his memories of life on the farm.
“He (Harrell) has a real way with telling stories and I think people will be very interested in hearing what he has to say,” Owens said.
In addition to Harrell’s presentation, visitors will also have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of local artisans inside the visitor center.
Owens said items this month will include jewelry by Karen Malloy, and Mandy Bass, textile work by Paula Reinhart and Linda Bond, pen and ink art by Phil Alden, crafts from recycled items by Sharon Waff and Debra Phelps.
And youngsters won’t be left out, Owens said.
“I will be making cornhusk dolls and marbles with them,” she said. “So there will truly be something here for everybody to do and to enjoy.”
Museum of Albemarle and the War of 1812
The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City has chosen “North Carolina and the War of 1812” and “The 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting” as their duel themes for July’s Second Saturday event.
While North Carolina was not the theater of major operations during the war, there were two minor skirmishes between the British and the locals. Many North Carolinians were involved in the war effort.
At 11 a.m., Dr. Wade Dudley, Department of History, East Carolina University will explain that participation during his lecture “North Carolina and the War of 1812.”
Dudley’s numerous publications include eight books and several dozen chapters, articles, and short stories. Among the books is “Splintering the Wooden Wall: The British Blockade of the United States, 1812-1815,” which received the John Lyman Book Award from NASOH for Best Book in United States Maritime History in 2002.
The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the organization known today as the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, founded by Juilette Gordon Low. Starting with just 18 members, her organization promoted “self-reliance and resourcefulness” for young women.
Over its 100-year history, over 50 million American girls served as members. Throughout the Albemarle region and the nation, Girl Scout troops continue to follow the traditions and values developed by Juliette Gordon Low a century ago.
Visit the museum’s exhibit, “Something for All the Girls”: A Hundred Years of Girl Scouts.
Several of the museum’s Junior Docents will be dressed in early 1800s clothing and playing period games at the Downtown Waterfront Market at Mariners’ Wharf Park from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
At the museum Junior Docents will explain patriotic symbols relating to the War of 1812 and lead hands-on activities that will encompass both themes from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Bring a straw hat to the museum and decorate it in the 1812 style, make a hair bow, paper dolls, and a small boat. Learn the importance of recycling and make an object from recycled materials.
Circle S Ranch will have pony rides on the Green for $3. Carolina Carriages will have nostalgic rides by the waterside for $5.
The 2nd Saturday series is sponsored during the summer months at 37 state historic sites and museums across North Carolina by the state Department of Cultural Resources. Each month the event focuses on blending history and authentic North Carolina culture.