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Visit Troy, NC

• Uwharrie Outdoor Festival • TroyFest - Annual 4th of July Celebration • Denson’s S Creek Golf Course • Montgomery County Farmers’ Market • Movies on Main • Concerts at the TownStage Amphitheater • and much more! Visit our website for a list of events, restaurants, shops, recreational activities, festivals and more! www.troy.nc.us



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Town History 4 TRY TROY 2021

Like the rest of Montgomery County, what eventually became the town of Troy was settled by Scottish immigrants. Following the burning of the county courthouse at Lawrenceville in 1843, Angus McCaskill donated 50 acres of land for “the building of a Courthouse and layout out of the Town of Troy,” in what was previously known as “West’s Old Field.” County records were moved to the new county seat in 1846. The source of the town’s name is disputed by historians, with some crediting the name to emminent attorney John B. Troy, others to popular State Solicitor Alexander Troy. The town was originally incorporated by an Act of the State Legislature in 1852 with subsequent incorporations and amendments in later years. The town government operates today under the town manager/ town council form of government from a modern town hall in the center of downtown. Early records show a population of 130 persons in 1884, with population growing rapidly at the turn of the century to nearly 900 people. The coming of the Asheboro and Aberdeen Railway and founding of Smitherman Cotton Mills in 1895 played a role in that growth. The 1920s brought more growth and change, with the construction of a town water and sewer system and street paving in the early 20s. That

street paving led to the legend that Troy’s streets were paved with gold. Sharp-eyed citizens were said to find gold nuggets in the fill dirt hauled in from the thriving gold mining operations in the Eldorado section of the county, northwest of the town. Troy has remained the county seat of Montgomery County since the 1800s. In addition to the courthouse and county administration, Troy is home to many services used by residents from throughout the county and beyond, including a public library, FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital, Montgomery Community College, N.C.Cooperative Extension Service, recreation facilities, the historic Roller Mill Museum, Peabody Museum, a seasonal farmers market, and more. The town has seen its success rise and fall through boom times, depression and recessions. Today, it is home to a diverse population of approximately 3,500 people. A variety of shops and restaurants fill its historic downtown buildings along brick paved sidewalks with comfortable benches and decorative street lighting, while more stores, restaurants and service businesses draw customers along the busy state highway that bisects the town. Some information taken from Montgomery County Heritage volumes, published by the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Town Information TOWN OF TROY Phone: (910) 572-3661 MAYOR Craig Jones BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Bruce Hamilton Wallace Jones Angela Elkins Kayren Brantley Damon Prince TOWN STAFF Greg Zephir, Town Manager Cathy Maness, Clerk James Atkins, Police Chief Joe Huntley, Fire Chief Benny Dennis, Public Works Director Theresa Thomas, Senior Center & Recreation Director

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TROY Schools serving

Students living in Troy are assigned one of several different public schools in the Montgomery County Schools system, depending on grade level. For additional school information, contact:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS 441 Page Street Troy NC 27371 Phone (910- 576-6511 Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis TROY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades Pre-K – 2) 310 N. Russell Street Troy NC 27371 Phone 910-576-3651 PAGE STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades 3 – 5) 897 Page Street Troy, NC 27371 Phone (910) 576-1307

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER 770 Glenn Road Troy, NC 27371 (910) 576-6511 MONTGOMERY LEARNING ACADEMY 310 South Main Street Troy, NC 27371 MONTGOMERY EARLY COLLEGE (Grades 9-12) MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS In addition, Troy is home to two private Protestant church affiliated schools.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6 – 8) 129 NC Highway 109 South Mt. Gilead, NC 27306 Phone (910) 572-9378

FAMILY WORSHIP MINISTRIES CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Grades Pre-K – 12) 401 Troy Candor Road Troy, NC 27371 Phone (910) 576-1617

MONTGOMERY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9 – 12) 770 Glenn Road Troy, NC 27371 Phone 910-556-5500

WESCARE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Grades Pre-K – 12) 1368 N.C. Highway 134 N. Troy, NC 27371 Phone (910) 572-2270

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The Embers Friday, April 2, @ 7 p.m. Kenny Mann with Liquid Pleasure Friday, April 16 @ 7 p.m. 80z Nation Friday, April 30 @ 7 p.m. Jim Quick and Coastline Friday, May 7 @ 7 p.m. Chocolate Chip & Company Band Friday, May 21 @ 7 p.m. The Legacy Motown Revue Friday, June 4 @ 7 p.m. The Sand Band Friday, June 18 @ 7 p.m. Local Band (TBD) Friday, June 25 @ 7 p.m. Band of Oz Friday, July 16 @ 7 p.m. Local Band (TBD) Friday, July 30 @ 7 p.m. Darrell Harwood Friday, August 6 @ 7 p.m. Blackwater Band Friday, August 20 @ 7 p.m. Local Band (TBD) Friday, August 27 @ 7 p.m. Bantum Rooster Friday, September 17 @ 7 p.m.


Local Band (TBD) Friday, September 24 @ 7 p.m. Trey Calloway Friday, October 1 @ 7 p.m. North Tower Band Friday, October 15 @ 7 p.m. Salute to Veterans Jim Quick & Coastline Friday, November 5 @ 7 p.m.

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When visiting Troy, an area that is a must see is the historic downtown area. Nestled among the Uwharrie Mountains, several businesses have staked their claim to the restoration efforts in Troy. One of those businesses is Uwharrie Mercantile. Dana and Ray Dawson opened Uwharrie Mercantile, affectionately called the Mercantile by locals, on August 31, 2017. Their dream of having a business in the Old Troy Hotel had finally come to fruition. Today, it is a place for all ages to gather and enjoy a variety of lattes, cappucinos and smoothies, or a good ol’ Cup O’ Joe.

Also offered is a lunch menu and fresh, locally made cakes and baked goods. Visit www. UwharrieMercantile.com for the full menu and visit them on Facebook @uwharriemercantile to see their Brew of the Day and the many events being held at their location throughout the year. Better yet, when you happen to be strolling Main Street or driving through, stop by, grab a coffee and experience everything that makes Uwharrie Mercantile a destination. A place to gather. A place to celebrate. A place to create. A place to love.

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Montgomery County Farmers’ Market is in town every Thursday from April until October (hours TBD). Located in the Hotel Troy Parking Lot, the mission of the Farmers’ Market is to provide local food to Montgomery County residents. With local produce, jellies, eggs, meat, arts, crafts and cooking demonstrations, the Market is a perfect snapshot of what Montgomery County has to offer. For more information on becoming a member of the Farmers’ Market, contact Debbie Malarz (dlmalarz@ ncsu.edu).

2021 TROY FEST TroyFest is the annual Independence Day celebration in Downtown Troy. In its thirtysixth year, TroyFest has evolved into a largescale festival with events from 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Each year, the festival is kicked off by a parade featuring Sir Purr, The Top Cats and the PurrCussion Band; elected officials; classic cars; dozens of vintage tractors; and floats from a variety local organizations. At 11 a.m., the street festival begins. Featuring food trucks, craft vendors, a Kid Zone, and live music, TroyFest has something for every member of your family. Don’t forget to cool down from the heat in the water spray provided by the Town of Troy Fire Department. The grand finale is a dazzling fireworks show at Lowe Warner Park, with evening festivities beginning at 6 p.m. in the park. In addition, The Town Board of Commissioners gives away free ice cream to all TroyFest attendants at the start of the evening. This year’s event will take place on July 3, 2021. Contact Greg Zephir, Troy Town Manager (troymanager@troy.nc.us), for a vendor application or for more information.

MOVIES OFF MAIN The Town of Troy hosts an annual family-friendly summer film series from June through August at Troy TownStage Amphitheater. Movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. one Friday night per month. Visit TownStage.Online or MontgomeryHerald.com for a list of upcoming shows.

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TOWN EVENTS TRUNK OR TREAT Each year, the Town of Troy hosts a Trunkor-Treat event on Halloween (Oct. 31) from 5:30-7:30. This event was designed to allow residents of Troy and Montgomery County to have a fun, safe Halloween experience in Downtown Troy. Whether you are participating as a trick-or-treater, or you want to bring your car and pass out candy, Trunk-or- Treat is a fun event for the whole family. After you have gotten your candy from Trunk-or-Treat there is still plenty of time to go Trick-orTreating in Troy.

their favorite! Live music will be performed at the TownStage during the day and into the evening.  Come out and enjoy the fun, food, music and fellowship!  For information on the competition, call Town Hall at 910-572-3661.


Troy’s Annual Salute to Veterans Concert will continute this year featuring Jim Quick & Coastline! Pulling from the threads of Soul, Blues, R&B, and Americana, Jim Quick and

BIG FOOT BARBECUE COOK OFF This event is the second Saturday in October and is a Rib, Brisket and Pork cookoff held in Downtown Troy! Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each category and then a Grand Champion!  There is also a people’s choice award for the public to purchase Sampler Tickets and then vote for 12 TRY TROY 2021

Coastline weave together their own genre of music known as Swamp Soul. Delivered with precision by front man Jim Quick and his band, this group captures the true, honest spirit of traditions born and bred in the small southern towns of America. Concert will be held at TownStage Amphitheater Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. Pictured, Brandon Thompson.


Fellowship Dinner that is held every year on

Each year, the Town of Troy Christmas Tree Lighting is held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. This event is a time for family, fun and fellowship, where Town residents and visitors can come together to kick off the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a couple elves, will be located in Ms. Ada’s Walkway to hear Christmas wishes from all the children and are available for pictures with children and families. Local service clubs provide free hot chocolate, snacks and candy to the visitors. Do not forget to get your free raffle tickets! Children can enter the raffle to win a free bike, and adults may enter to win one of a myriad of gifts including small appliances, gift cards, or even Christmas décor. The Christmas Tree Lighting is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday cheer with friends and family and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Visit the downtown shops and restaurants as they stay open late for this special occasion. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at a food truck or get some cotton candy on a light-up stick! The Christmas magic begins Wednesday, November 24 at 5:30 p.m.! For more information call Town Hall at (910) 576-3661.

Center. A great dinner of turkey, dressing

CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP DINNER “No One Should Be Alone At Christmas” is the slogan that began the annual Christmas

Christmas Day at Troy/Montgomery Senior and all the “fixings” is served to everyone attending. This dinner is for anyone who is alone or lonely on Christmas Day. Thanks to the generous donations by area businesses for the food, treat bags that are given to all attendees and the many door prizes that are given out to add to the fun!

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PARKS & TRAILS The Town of Troy provides a variety of recreational locations and opportunities for residents and visitors alike. From our seven parks to our 7.5-mile nature trail, Troy provides a number of activities, not only for the avid sportsman, but also for children and families. At the Roy J. Maness Nature Preserve, you can fish or even take a casual stroll around our pond. We encourage you to try our nine-hole disc golf course or to attend a tournament at one of our seven baseball and softball fields. Or to attend a movie or concert at the Troy TownStage & Amphitheater, located in Capel Centennial Park. Each park has its own distinct character, and is built to serve a diverse population. PEABODY PARK. Located at the intersection of Rush Avenue and S. Elm Street, is home to the Town of Troy softball facilities, which includes three fields, pitching stations and batting cages. This facility also includes two outdoor basketball courts. 14 TRY TROY 2021

BLAIR PARK. Ideal for families with young children or those wishing to have a picnic in our downtown area. Located at the intersection of Bruton and North Pearl Streets, Blair Park features playground equipment, sandboxes, park benches and shaded picnic tables.

CAPEL CENTENNIAL PARK. Re-named to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Capel Rugs, America’s oldest rug manufacturer. Located on Smitherman Street, near historic downtown Troy Centennial Park is home to the Town of Troy baseball facilities. In

addition to the two baseball

golf course, walking trail and

the Roy J. Maness Nature

fields and two batting cages,

playground. The picnic facili-

Preserve and is currently

Capel Centennial Park is the

ties can be reserved.

over 6 miles long. The Town

home of Troy TownStage


of Troy has also opened a

& Amphitheater.


river access and boat access


as the northern trailhead

to Little River at the site of the

Named for Congressional

for the Town of Troy Nature

old Smitherman Dam off of

Medal of Honor recipient

Trail, which meanders south

Troy Candor Road.

Henry F. Lowe Warner, is

toward Glenn Road through

TROY WALKS. Troy Walks

home to the Troy-Montgom-

7.5 miles of beautiful forest

is a downtown walking trail.

ery Senior Center and the

and along the banks of Little

It winds through downtown

Lowe Warner Baseball Field.

River. At the Nature Preserve,

neighborhoods and along

The park is also equipped

visitors can fish, picnic, hike,

Main Street for 1 1/4 miles.

with tennis courts, a vol-

bike or camp.

leyball court, a horse-shoe


of the Montgomery County

complex, a nine-hole disc

This greenway connects to

Health Department.

It was created with the help

DENSONS CREEK COMPLEX Densons Creek Golf Course opened in May of 2009. Previously the course had been Montgomery County Golf Course. The course was originally nine holes, with an additional nine holes being added later. Today, Densons Creek is an 18-hole Championship Course. Densons Creek is a municipal golf course owned by the Town of Troy. It is a public course, but offers memberships to both county and out-of-county residents. The Phil McCriston-design course features 6,550 yards of golf from the longer tees for a par 72. The course rating is 71.7, and it has a slope of 124. MEMBERSHIP Membership is now all-inclusive. Your $150 a month now includes cart fees, green fees and unlimited access to the

range and practice areas. There is no initiation fee. With a membership, you only pay cart fees for each round paid. Also included with the membership are swimming pool privileges, reciprocals with other clubs, members room, special lesson rates, pro shop discounts, and free use of the Montgomery Room once per year. TOWN OF TROY POOL The pool is open to the public from Memorial Day until Labor Day and is available for rentals. The pool is also utilized by the Troy-Montgomery Senior Center as an exercise facility, where it regularly holds water aerobics during the summer months. For rental information, contact the Troy-Montgomery Senior Center (910.572.4464).

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Area Business Map Key sponsors are listed by location and are indicated by corresponding numbers on the map.


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Drew’s Gas and Go Troy Town Hall Uwharrie Mercantile FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital Montgomery Community College Pugh Funeral Home Troy Flower & Gift Shop Steve’s Auto Republic Services

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10. Densons Creek Golf Course & Troy Swimming Pool 11. Colonial LP Gas 12. Montgomery Herald 13. Jeannie Blake 14. Friendly Chevrolet 15. Discover Uwharrie Welcome Center



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Town Services

The Town of Troy provides the following public services. For additional information on all town services, residents may call the town hall at 910-572-3661.

Pictured, A weathered fence along Main Street.

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Water and Sewer:

One of the most vital services the Public Works Department provides for the community is the management and maintenance of our water and sewer system. The Town of Troy purchases water from Montgomery County and maintains the system throughout the town. The town also operates a state of the art wastewater treatment plant that uses an ultra violet system to treat the collected water. The town works closely with residents to monitor usage and assist in water leak detection and also makes continuous improvements to the treatment plant to ensure we have available capacity to handle growth and development. Trash: The town contracts for collection of household waste through Republic Services. Household waste is collected every Friday. Each residence is provided a receptacle and PUBLIC WORKS: customers have the option to purTroy’s Public Works De- chase additional receptacles if partment provides a wide necessary. The town also encourrange of services for our citiages recycling via a large colleczens and businesses. The Depart- tion bin behind town hall where residents may deposit paper, ment is responsible for servicing cardboard, glass, tin and steel many miles of water and sewer lines, maintenance and repair of cans and certain plastics. Troy’s streets and sidewalks, and Loose-leaf pick-up: Collected weekly from October through providing yard and household April 1. Residents may place waste pickup. Our crew works leaves curbside on Monday and hard to ensure our community our crew will work throughout the is both visually pleasing as well week to collect. Leaves should be as ensuring are services remain separated from limbs and limbs reliable and efficient. should be cut to no longer than

6-feet long, 3-inches wide. Bulk items: Call to schedule pick-up. The town does not collect construction material, carpet, tires, batteries or paint. Those items must be brought to the landfill. Street Maintenance: Public Works crew also performs street maintenance to include street and sidewalk repairs as well snow and hazard removal.

FIRE: Troy is served by an outstanding volunteer fire department funded by the Town and Montgomery County. The fire station, at 610 North Main Street, is home to the first organized fire department in the county. The Troy Volunteer Fire Department responds to calls within a five-mile radius of the station that includes areas well beyond the town limits. The firefighters work and train constantly to maintain a good Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating that affects local homeowners’ insurance rates. To find out more about the Troy Fire Department, contact the fire chief at 910-572-3661. The Town of Troy is also actively recruiting more volunteer firefighters. POLICE: Troy Police Department, located at 120 Broughton Street, currently has 11 full-time and three part-time officers involved in all aspects of law enforcement. Community policing initiatives are an integral part of day-to-day operations. With the advantages of state of the art equipment and many grant-funded programs, Troy is home to one of the best police departments in the state. Non-emergency calls may be directed to 910-5768151. In an emergency dial 911 for immediate assistance. 2021 TRY TROY 19

TroyMontgomery Senior Center The Troy-Montgomery Senior Center

of the many activities/services open to

was erected in 1986, and has grown from

older adults at the Troy-Montgomery Senior

a small program with a volunteer director,

Center. It is easy to become involved at the

to a thriving community center within Mont-

Center. If you are a resident of Montgomery

gomery County. Today, the Center employs

County, North Carolina, aged 55 or old-

a full-time director and staff whose goal is to enhance the lives of every senior adult in Montgomery County. The Troy-Montgomery Senior Center is a multipurpose facility where older adults in Montgomery County can come together to fulfill many of their social, physical and intellectual needs. At the Center, older

er—or have a spouse aged 55 or older— you can come and be a part of all we have to offer! You can express your creative side with activities like painting and quilting, or you could get competitive with your peers at our corn hole tournaments, canasta games or

adults have the opportunity to become more

by becoming active in the Senior Games!

active than ever before. Health promotion,

The opportunities are limitless and they are

social activities, senior services & informa-

available today. Join us and enjoy all of the

tion, intergenerational programming, and

fun and fellowship we have to offer here at

volunteer opportunities—these are just some

the Troy-Montgomery Senior Center.

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SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES: The Senior Center strives to offer free programs and services that will best meet the needs of older adults in Montgomery County regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, educational background or disability. These are some of the activities offered at the Senior Center or in partnership with other agencies: Health screenings Fitness & health promotion Tax preparation/counseling Legal services General and medical transportation Support groups/classes for caregivers Housing assistance Reverse mortgage counseling Home repair/modification Home health services In-home aid services Medicaid benefits Medicare Parts A&B Medicare Part D Social Security Benefits Job training/placement Congregate meals Home-delivered meals Adult daycare/day health

Mental health Disaster preparedness Durable medical equipment/assistive devices Hospice care Long-term care facilities Ombudsman Rehabilitation services Report suspected abuse Neglect or exploitation Respite Senior Games Telephone assurance Lunch-and-learn Educational programs Canasta Bingo Cornhole

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Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Herman Morton and Barbara Yarboro, pay a visit to downtown Troy.

Donna Keesler checking on her plants at Extension Master Gardener

Connie Dunn with White Oak Farm weighs some sweet potatoes for a customer

Troy Town Manager Greg Zephir and Troy Town Board member Damon Prince take part in a COVID Christmas Tree Lighting.

Shantal Gaono takes part in the drive through tree lighting. 2021 TRY TROY 23


Troy Rotary Club The Troy Rotary Club is composed of professional men and women who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing our local community and improving lives throughout the world. Established in the middle of the Great Depression, Dec. 21, 1936, Rotary became the county’s first service club. Membership is open to the entire county. Guided by the motto, “Service Above Self,” Troy Rotaries have joined with Rotary International to develop and support projects that seek to solve two of the world’s most critical problems – the education of polio and providing clean sources of water to underdeveloped countries. Locally Rotary has helped its members develop leadership and business skills that have led to service in county government, education, religion and charitable causes of every kind. Rotarians provided the leadership for the establishment of the local businesses, clubs and foundations. The annual Troy Rotary Club golf tournament has provided the necessary funding to support the following local projects: Boy Scouts of America, FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation, Communities in Schools, Montgomery Community College Scholarship, citizenship awards and scholarships at

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East and West Montgomery High Schools, providing every third-grade student in the Montgomery County Schools with his/her own dictionary, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program for pre-school children, Rotary Against Drugs (RAD) Speech Contest, and Trinity Music Academy. Troy Rotary has also partnered with other Rotary Clubs in District 7690 to support the Stop Hunger Now project by providing disaster relief through Shelter Boxes in the United States and the world. District 7690 sponsored the Triad Flight of Honor, which flew local Rotarians and local World War II veterans to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. The last flight was in 2011. Two members of the club have previously served as District Governor, J. Spurgeon Edwards (1959-60) and Austin M. Garriss (1968-69). Larry W. Lassiter became District Governor for 2015-2016. Through his leadership, the Troy Rotary Club hosted a Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from Australia in 2010. To learn more about Rotary, go to www. rotary690.org. Visit us on Facebook @Troy. Rotary.NC or email us at TroyRotaryNC@gmail.com.


Troy Woman’s Club

Members of Troy Woman’s Club after the club’s annual Reverse Raffle Scholarship Fundraiser event held February 17, 2020. The Troy Woman’s Club was organized in 1947 by noted area clubwoman Mrs. P.R. Rankin of Mt. Gilead. The club, which had 24 charter members, was meant to bring together women who are actively interested in the welfare of the community and who enjoy the fellowship of this association. For many years the club held an annual Antique Show & Sale and later a successful Tasting Affair, and continues to do fundraising for its community benefit projects, including an annual spring luncheon honoring elderly ladies in the community that continues today from the initial event in 1950. The club has sponsored citizenship and scholarship awards to West Montgomery High School

students annually and sponsored children’s activities at TroyFest. Club members have also enjoyed many trips over the years, including visits to New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Memphis, Williamsburg, Va., and Hershey, Pa. Club dues are $25 annually, and meetings are held the third Monday of each month from September through May at Uwharrie Mercantile in Troy. Additional information on member responsibilities and/or joining this organization are available by mailing Troy Women’s Club, c/o Rosemary Huntley, 120 Byrd Street, Troy NC 27371.

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Troy Lions Club The Troy Lions Club, formed in 1947 through the sponsorship of the Biscoe Lions Club, is a proud part of the international organization of Lions Clubs, originally formed in 1917 with the mission to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions. Troy Lions Club started with 24 charter

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members and has had many dedicated members over the years including Joe Huntley Jr., 54 years; James Hurley and James Spivey, 50 years; and Jack Brown, Jimmy Preslar and Will Atkinson, over 40 years service. The club holds local fundraisers, including raffling a gun at Christmas and a TV at Troyfest. Road Blocks are held twice a year also (at stoplight cars are asked to donate change/dollars to the fund). These funds support the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina, as well as projects associated with the international Lions Club mission of preventing blindness, restoring eyesight and improving eye health throughout the world, such as White Cane, (canes, Braille and eyeglasses), and Camp Dogwood, helping to send visually impaired kids to camp, as well as local service projects. Each year children are referred to the Troy Lions Club from the schools, as well as adults referred from other organizations to help with eye exams, glasses and hearing aids as well as community service projects. Volunteers are always welcome to join the club and become a part of this service organization. Anyone interested in learning more about Troy Lions Club is invited to be a guest at monthly meetings or call (910) 5763233 for more information. Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of each month.


Peabody Community Development Club, Inc. Peabody Community Development Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization opened on September 11,1999. The club is composed of members dedicated to preserving the history of the historical Peabody Academy and High School through promotion of opportunities in civic, cultural, recreational and economic activities. Meetings are held every third Monday at 6 p.m. in the Peabody Museum. Joining fee is $6 and $3 per month. Peabody Community Development Club,

Inc. operates the Peabody Museum. The museum houses numerous memorabilia from the Peabody Academy and High School and Peabody community. The museum welcomes contributions in the form of photos, artifacts, records, etc. to display throughout the museum. The museum is located in lower level of the historic Peabody Academy and is open to visitors every second Saturday, from 1 – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

A photo circa 1930’s in front of the historic Peabody Academy.

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Troy Mothers Club The Troy Mothers Club was organized in September 1918, making it the oldest ladies’ civic organization in the town. The club originated, along with the Mt. Gilead Mothers’ Club, from a 1918 visit of a representative from the Twentieth Century Self-Culture Association. The association promoted a set of books called “Draper’s Self-Culture,” a popular self-study guide of the era that focused on strengthening the family through education, social proficiency and community


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programs. The charter membership, which is limited to 20, included teachers, pastors’ wives and homemakers. Quickly, the club adopted the constitution and by-laws as presented by the association and has been active ever since. For many years, the club’s main fundraiser was the annual sale of cookbooks. Recently, the collectible paper cookbooks were compiled to make a brand new publication of treasured community recipes. The Mothers Club has always been interested in and active in beautification projects such as landscaping, flower gardens and town cleanliness. The club focuses on education throughout the year with programs on current trends and issues. Members are very dedicated to community service in the form of helping others in need. Some of the services the club provides are meals, food items, household goods, travel and donations. Through the almost 100 years, the Troy Mothers Club has changed some … the $1 yearly membership has increased and the members no longer attend meetings in their white gloves and best hats. However, the foundation on which the club was established is still very evident and the purpose of the club remains the same – to strive for “mutual improvement of the members and general welfare of the community” For more information, phone (910) 5724116.


Child Study Club The Child Study Club of Troy had its beginnings 80 years ago, in late February 1934, when a group of local women met with Mrs. P.R. Rankin at the home of Mrs. Charlie Brown to talk about organizing a new woman’s club. A short time later, a meeting was held at the school building and the Child Study Club was born. The club immediately became a member of the N.C. Federation of Women’s clubs. Twelve members fulfilled the requisite for membership: “possession of a pre-school child.” Charter members included Mrs. Bertie Brown, Mrs. Ernest Boysworth, Mrs. O.R. Carrithers, Mrs. A. Leon Capel, Sr., Mrs. W.I. Farrell, Mrs. Eston Griffin, Mrs. Edgar Haywood, Mrs. D.B. Kelly, Mrs. M.M. Moscovetz, Mrs. Wistar Moore, Mrs. Howard Nance and Mrs. Kirk Thayer. The group chose Mrs. Eston Griffin as its first president. “Healthier, Happier Children” was the motto, blue and white the colors, and the forgetme-knot, the flower. In 1938, the club began sponsorship of the Girl Scouts in Troy. Many other projects followed including the following: tree sale, mobile book cart at the hospital, Christmas lighting contest, Troy library volunteers, school safety patrol, free preschool clinic, woman of the year program, summer recre-

ation project, and candy stripe program. The club established the scholarship for West Montgomery High School in 1965 and is continued to this day. Present club activities are sponsoring the exceptional education class at Troy Elementary for Christmas and Easter, preparing holiday gift bags for the Back Pack Pals, compiling the community calendar, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and participating in beautification projects. Also, community support from local businesses and citizens through fundraisers such as the community calendar and hamburger supper, has made possible yearly donations to the West Montgomery High School Scholarship, Council on Aging, Montgomery County Rescue Squad, Foster Children through Social Services, Troy Fire Department, Troy Elementary School, Page Street Elementary, West Middle School, Friends of the Library, Crisis Council, Trinity Music Academy, MCC Foundation, Communities in Schools, Partnership for Children and FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation. Meetings are held the second Thursday afternoon of each month, September through May, hosted by a club member. The club no longer belongs to the federation in order to provide more funds for local projects.

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Discover Uwharrie Welcome Center By Tammy Dunn

It is finally open! From the very beginning residents and visitors alike have watched the corner lot near the courthouse in Troy transform from an eyesore to a place of pride. People were curious as to exactly what was happening at this spot and who was behind it as they observed the project proceed at a slow, but steady pace. Many thought it was the town or the county behind this venture, only to be surprised that this transformation was privately funded with the only motive’s being to inspire the community to embrace what they have in their own backyard. Additionally the hope is this blueprint will provide a greater 30 TRY TROY 2021

depth of knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural opportunities that can be found in the Uwharries. The Discover Uwharrie Welcome Center was envisioned by Troy resident Win Dozier, who also funded and oversaw each step of the restoration of the old gas station into a fun, interactive and informative place to learn about the Uwharries. On a recent afternoon Dozier was talking to a young couple from Raeford who were seeking information about hiking in the Uwharries. This was the couple’s second visit to the Uwharries, with the first’s also being a hiking expedition. Not knowing anything about the area, the couple, along

with their dog Carmen, were seeking information about hiking trails. After talking with Dozier and viewing the large trail map on display, the couple returned to their vehicle with coordinates in hand ready to hit the trail. In addition to the original lot, the space beside it came available. It too was an eyesore and Dozier was able to negotiate a deal to purchase that space as well, creating a much needed green space in the center of town. Dozier said this same thing happens every time he is on site, noting the week before a guy from the other side of Raleigh came by to inquire about gold panning in the area. Dozier was able to give him the requested information while also sharing additional information as well. Tracy Davis, a longtime resident of the area, who even lived for a while in the

Uwharrie National Forest knows the area well. Additionally, she is the owner of River Daisy, a kayaking excursion company that has kayaks and or canoes on the river every weekend, and she will be able to handle the questions of where to go and what to do. The welcome center is not your typical state run welcome center. It is what one person described simply as fun! There is a jeep sitting among some rather large rocks that you can climb into and via the screen in front of you, visualize that you are riding one of the OHV trails in the forest. Those trails see visitors and various groups come from all across the nation to ride these trails. Two guys from Florida recently stopped in at the welcome center, noting they came that far just to ride the OHV trails in the Uwharrie National Forest. 2021 TRY TROY 31

Many of the 1.3 million visitors who come to the forest annually are looking for mountain bike trails to ride, and the trails off N.C. Highway 24/27 west are one of the most popular destinations. At the welcome center there is a mountain bike to ride much in the same way as the jeep adventure. Additionally, there is information to be shared about those trails, which are also part of the Uwharrie National Forest as well. The growth in kayaking has been huge this summer. Along with that growth there are people looking for places to put those new kayaks into the water, and the county has plenty to offer when it comes to paddling. There is Falls Reservoir, which can be accessed in the Uwharrie National Forest; also there is the Uwharrie River, though you do need to check the water depth in certain locations before putting in. Those varying depths can give you a wild ride or no ride, where you literally have to drag your kayak over the rocks. Steady sources of water can be found farther down the Uwharrie and on Little River as well. All that information, as well as an interactive kayak ride, can be found at the new welcome center. One adventure of particular interest that Dozier has created is called Passport. The folded brochure resembles a passport booklet and when you open it there are 10 locations listed inside for you to visit and take a photo. Once you complete those stops, return to the center for your official medallion. Some of the 32 TRY TROY 2021

places to visit include Jumping Off Rock, Low Water Bridge, STARworks and Town Creek Indian Mound. Beside the huge map of the Uwharrie National Forest there is an associated computer kiosk that shows the location you choose, along with directions and other information. Dozier noted that since the forest is so spread out and with multiple entrances, this map and associated information will give individuals a better idea of where they are and how to locate where they want to be, depending on what they want to do. Dozier said recently he envisions adding many more things as time goes by, but for the time being Davis is welcoming people to see the ongoing project, in the hope that they too will be inspired to Discover the Uwharries.

TRINITY MUSIC ACADEMY Although a small, rural town, Troy is home to a surprisingly vibrant arts community, including Trinity Music Academy (TMA). TMA is an outreach ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church. It was established in 1990 to train organists and music directors for the outlying area’s rural churches. Donations and a number of scholarships assure that no students are turned away due to finances. No longer solely a Trinity Methodist Mission, several of TMA’s Board of Directors are now from other denominations and churches in many areas of Montgomery County. Students represent diverse cultural and financial backgrounds from all across central North Carolina. Instruction through the collegiate level is offered in piano, pipe organ, voice, bowed strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, computer studio and composition. Instructors include the TMA executive director, the Rev. Dr. Paul Chandley, pianist/composer

Sophia Pavlenko Chandley and professional musicians from throughout the central N.C. region. While the curriculum is designed to produce well-rounded musicians, educating artists to serve Christ in their respective home churches is still the primary emphasis. TMA also maintains a respected concert series that brings outstanding artists to Montgomery County. Concerts given four to five times a year include a broad range of music, from the purely classical and Christmas favorites to Broadway show tunes and even the occasional swing band or John Denver tribute. To learn more about becoming a member, call 910-576-8742 or 910-576-4186. Trinity Music Academy is located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 239 North Russell Street, Troy, NC  27371. 2021 TRY TROY 33


ROLLER MILL HISTORY MUSEUM The Troy Roller Mill was erected in 190809 by stockholders of the Troy Milling Company. The land was bought for $220.00 and Mr. N.M. Thayer surveyed the property in consideration of $1.00. The bricks were hand-made in Montgomery County and the total cost of the building and machinery was $13,798.02. The mill opened for business in 1910. It was a flour and grist mill until 1952 when a flash-fire destroyed the flour mill operations on the third floor. The mill continued to be a community grist mill until 1970, when a terrible drought affected the corn crop and the last miller, Mr. Horace Brasswell, became so afflicted with arthritis that he could no longer continue with the operations of the mill. It sat dormant from 1971 until 19801981, when Mr. Hilton Cochran donated the building to the Montgomery County Historical Society. At this time, Dr. Charles Highsmith, Mr. Chochran and other members took on the challenge of restoring the old building and raising funds to accomplish the restoration. The historical society spent almost two years publishing a book called “Montgomery 34 TRY TROY 2021

County Heritage – Volume 1.” The book was completed and sold and the funds were used to restore the old roller mill and turn it into Montgomery County N.C. Roller Mill History Museum. Over the years, following the restoration, many art shows and plays were hosted at the museum and it was the meeting place for the historical society until the late 2010s. A clean-up effort has recently been initiated and the doors were opened once again in May of 2019 by the Montgomery County Historical Society and assistance from local communities, with high hopes of remaining a historical property, public meeting space and complete historical museum for future generations to enjoy. Donations, county artifacts, records, antiques and photos are always welcome to be displayed in the museum. Anyone with an interest in the history of Montgomery County is welcome to join The Montgomery County Historical Society. Dues are $10 per year or $100 for a lifetime membership. Call Garrett Maynard at (336) 301-6254 for more information.

Blazing Trails Since 1967 Montgomery Community College seeks to provide life-long educational opportunities for personal growth, while readying students of all types for existing and emerging careers. Our campus in Troy features 134,400 square feet of facilities on 153 acres of land nestled in the hills of the scenic Uwharrie National Forest. Visit www.montgomery.edu to start your journey.

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