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Local history, p. 4 Farmers market, p. 9 Historic Preservation, p. 10 Eastern Bluebird Rescue, p. 12 For newcomers p. 14 Learning, p. 19 Festivals & Fun, p. 20 Parks & Recreation, p. 24 Get Involved, p. 26 Heritage Quilters, p. 28 The lakes, p. 32 Cherry Hill concerts, p. 34 Lakeland Theatre, p. 37 Faith, p. 38 Buyers’ Guide, p. 39
...to beautiful, hiﬆoric Warren County! Our communiti welcome you to our beautiful county, ere hiﬆory was made and life continu to me the challeng of the world without the hustle and bustle of the m. You can ﬁnd the uniquen ere storeowners and customers know each other by name and stop to chat about the haenings of the day and events to come. Many of our hiﬆoric hom built in the mid-1800s have been rtored to their original beauty and can be toured during the hiﬆoric hom tour ich is prented every two years by Prervation Warrenton, the next being the spring of 2012. Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake are a part of our county and offer mil of beautiful waterfront for ﬁshing, boating, water sports and some great rtaurants ere you can enjoy serene sunss ile having a delicious meal. It’s all here in Warren County, NC. Come and explore the lantation hom of long ago, the rolling hills, the lak, the wildlife and beauty that our ridents enjoy every day. Come and stay awhile... you will want to tell your friends and family about this magical lace. Come back...again and again! Sincerely, Jana L. Miller, Exutive Direor Chamber of Commerce of Warren County
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the history behind each doorway
Whether you’re making Warren County your new home or just visiting here, you’ll soon notice the rich history of the area in its historic homes and buildings and friendly towns. Warren County’s development predates the American Revolution as it was formed in 1764 from Granville County. At that time, the area was named Bute in honor of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, former Prime Minister and Lord of the Treasury. In 1779 a committee of Bute County patriots petitioned the North Carolina Assembly to divide the county in half, naming the northern part Warren after Dr. Joseph Warren who had been killed at Bunker Hill, and the southern part Franklin, in honor of Benjamin Franklin. After the petition to divide was granted by the legislature, prosperity grew with tobacco, and later cotton, providing Warren County with great wealth. Two physicians were in practice, the ﬁrst courthouse was built, and churches ﬂourished, most notably Hebron Methodist, founded in 1771. By 1860, Warren was the richest county in North Carolina. Page 4—Discover Warren County
Health resorts, with their sulphur springs and hotels, brought in visitors from all across the country. Shocco Springs and Jones Spring were among the better known, and it was at the latter that Annie Carter Lee, daughter of General Robert E. Lee, stayed with her family during the War Between the States. Orren Randolph Smith, a native of the county, designed the original Stars and Bars at the onset of the War Between the States. Warren County has provided the state with four governors, six attorneys general, three Supreme Court justices, four superior court judges and ﬁve magnates in the tobacco industry. Warren County is made up of three incorporated towns surrounded by more than half a dozen communities which share in the region’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Discover Warren County—Page 5
Warrenton The town of Warrenton, the county seat, was established during the fourth year of the American Revolution. On July 22, 1779, 100 acres of land were purchased for the town from Thomas Christmas, and William Christmas drew the ﬁrst plan of the town with 162 half-acre lots. By the 1920s the town prospered as the center of a plantation region. Warrenton became an educational center with the Warrenton Academy chartered in 1786 by the Macon brothers, one of whom, Nathaniel, would become one of the greatest speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives. Two additional schools were founded later, the Falkener School for young ladies by 1800, and the Mordecai School by 1809. Warrenton Academy later became John Graham High School, located on North Main Street, which now houses the Warren County Department of Social Services. Warrentonians enjoyed ﬁne architecture, music, dancing, art, and horse racing. Beautiful homes were built as centerpieces of the large plantations, and later Jacob Holt townhouses were erected. Prosperity continued to grow thanks to the cotton gin. The town’s population by 1800 was 238, and by 1850 it had increased to 700. Today it is over 860. Over 90 percent of Warrenton’s Page 6—Discover Warren County
downtown buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Norlina With a population of over 1,100, Norlina is located just south of the Virginia border, situated on land that was part of a grant to an early John Langford for his service in the Revolutionary War.
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In 1900, Robert F. Rose, a descendant of Langford, sold just under five acres of land in Norlina to the Richmond, Petersburg and Carolina Railroad for the building of a depot at the juncture of the Seaboard Air Line Railway and the RaleighGaston Railroad. One of his sons, John Horace Rose, also sold land to the railroad. Before the town was named Norlina, a combination of “North” and “Carolina,” the area was called Mount Regis. In 1901, a hotel was built to accommodate travelers stopping in the area, many of whom would have dinner on their way through the town. With the town being a railroad juncture, Norlina grew rapidly. Businesses in the town included a hardware store, a cotton gin, a drug store, the Metropolitan Cafe run by “Jack the Greek,” a shoe shop and a hunting club, which was turned into a private residence in the year 2000. Around 1909, The Norlina School was erected and was later moved to the site where the junior/senior high school campus of Norlina Christian School stands today. The original frame building was used until 1915 when construction on a new school was begun. The Norlina Graded School opened on Feb. 1, 1916. Norlina was incorporated in 1913 with citizens
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agreeing to make the town one square mile with the railroad station as the direct center. The growth of the town was at its peak just before and during the time of World War II with the railroads playing an important part in the war by providing transportation for the troop trains, both north and south, and also to the seaports at Portsmouth and Norfolk, Va. During the war years there were 18 passenger trains a day running through Norlina, north and south, and four passenger trains daily on the Portsmouth, Va. line. Additional trains carrying freight and troops also ran through the town.
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macon The smallest of the county’s incorporated towns, Macon is located northeast of Warrenton. It was settled in the early 1800s, and its post ofﬁce was established in 1839. The area started out as Macon Depot. In the 1880s, the name was changed in honor of Nathaniel Macon, a prominent county native who was three times Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a U.S. Senator from 1815-1828. He and his brother, John, were both active in 1786 toward founding The Warrenton Academy. Macon was the hometown of the late Reynolds Price, a well-known North Carolina author. Page 8—Discover Warren County
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what’s fresh from the farm Warren County’s history is rooted in agriculture, and today’s farms still yield some of the best produce you’ll ever taste. The Warren County Growers Association Farmers Market is open at the corner of Macon and Bragg streets in Warrenton Saturday mornings from April to October with seasonal offerings of fruits, vegetables, freshly picked ﬂowers, locally produced meat products and home-baked items to make anyone’s mouth water.
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Discover historic preservation Warren County is known for its beautiful, historic homes, some of which are featured in homes tours sponsored by Preservation Warrenton, Inc. The next tour is planned for April 28-29, 2012. The organization also offers walking and driving tour brochures to point out other historic sites of interest in the local area.
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the eastern bluebird rescue group If you see more bluebirds now than you did in the past, it is probably due in large part to the efforts of citizens who place bluebird houses in their yards, on their farms and in other places they think the beautiful feathered creatures would like to call home. One local group working to build such houses is the nonproﬁt organization Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group, which operates a factory at 532 W. Ridgeway St., Warrenton. The organization formed out of the
hope that more bluebirds would return to the area, and grew with the goal of making Warren County the “Bluebird Capital of the World.” Frank Newell, the group’s president and chief executive ofﬁcer, recalls that the outlook for the Eastern Bluebird’s survival was bleak just a few decades ago. “The bluebird population dwindled to 10 percent of the normal population density in the 1970s, and they were about to become extinct,” he said. “That’s when we started to get serious about trying to save them.” At his home, Newell built a few bluebird houses, which were occupied almost as fast as he could ﬁnish them. People began to ask him to construct bluebird houses for them, and volunteers started to offer to help make more houses. Newell considers 1985 to be the year that bluebird house building efforts took off in earnest. From a workshop at the Newell family farm near Warrenton, bluebird house construction moved to an empty warehouse on Ridgeway Street in 2004 and, more recently, to its current location in another warehouse. A number of individual volunteers help Newell build the bluebird houses, but his largest volunteer group is known as the “Friends of Frank.” They like to come to the factory on the ﬁrst and third Mondays of each month and
start working around 7:30 a.m. They typically build 800 bluebird houses by lunchtime. With dedicated volunteers like that, Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group has built and distributed well over 140,000 houses to date. Its largest distributor of the houses is State Employees Credit Union (SECU). Recently Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group and SECU volunteers traveled to Raleigh to donate the group’s 100, 000th bluebird house to Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Bluebird houses have been shipped to every state except three and to three foreign countries. “Due to loss of habitat, contamination and pollution of the environment, there are very few places that bluebirds can nest except bluebird houses,” Newell said. Because more and more people along the East Coast are putting up bluebird houses, the bluebird’s population density has returned to 64 percent of normal and is still climbing. In this area, bluebirds, who mate for life, usually nest in April, June and August. “For each birdhouse you put up and monitor, it has the potential over the three nesting periods to bring 12 baby bluebirds a year into the world,” Newell said.
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Just for newcomers If you’re about to move into your new home, you’ll need to know where to call to get your lights turned on and your phone service connected. Following is a list of contacts to help get you settled.
Progress Energy: To apply for electrical service or ask billing questions, call 1-800-452-2777. To report a power outage, call 1800-419-6356. For more information, customers also may visit the website www. progress-energy.com.
Water/ Sewer/ Garbage: County residents Water/Sewer: For residents outside the territorial service boundaries of the towns of Warrenton and Norlina, apply to the Public Utilities Ofﬁce at 712 Hwy. 158 Business West in Warrenton or call 252- 257-3645 for water and sewer service. Garbage: A number of convenience sites are located throughout the county. Sites and hours of operation include the following: Eaton’s Ferry: Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, closed. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Eaton’s Ferry site will be open seven days a week, 12 hours a day; Warrenton-Ridgeway Road/Highway 158 Business: Monday-
Halifax EMC: Customers may call 252445-5111 to set up electrical service. To report a power outage, call 1-800690-0522. Account information is available 24 hours at 252-445-6700. For more information, customers may visit the website www.halifaxemc.com. Page 14—Discover Warren County
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, closed; Afton: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, closed; Arcola: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, closed; Five Forks: Sunday, 2:30-6:30 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, closed; Macon/Vaughan: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, closed; Inez: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, closed; U.S. 1-Wise: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, closed; Drewry: MondaySaturday, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Many sites also accept some recyclable items. The landﬁll is located off Baltimore Road in Warrenton and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 252-257-2711.
Water/Sewer/ Garbage: town residents Norlina: All services (water, sewer, and garbage) are combined on one bill. To set up service, go to Town Hall, located at 101 Main Street at the corner of Main and Division streets, and ﬁll out a water agreement. There is a $40 set-up fee on all new water accounts and a $150 deposit. For more information, call 252456-3325. Warrenton: Water/Sewer: To set up service, go to Town Hall, located at
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119 E. Market Street, and complete the necessary forms. A $150 deposit is required. Garbage: For residents living within the city limits, once-a-week backyard service is provided. A $24 landﬁll fee is included on the water bill. For more information, call 252-257-3315. Macon: Garbage: For residents living within the city limits, garbage is automatically picked up. If owning, the cost is included on the tax bill. If renting: consult your rentor. Water/Sewer: Many Macon residents have wells. However, residents who wish to be included in Water/Sewer District II should contact Macon Robertson at 257-3645. For more information and for information about town stickers for automobiles, call 252-257-4732.
Telephone Service Local telephone service is available through CenturyLink. For residential service, call toll-free 252-977-9011. Business customers should call 1-800786-6272. For repair service, residential customers should call 252-977-7100; business customers should call 1-800786-6272.
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Driver’s Licenses and License Plates
To obtain a driver’s license, go to the Driver’s License ofﬁce in Henderson, which is located at 1080 Eastern Blvd. and may be reached by calling 252-438-8930. For license plates, go to the N. C. Motor Vehicle License Plate Agency ofﬁce located at 946D W. Andrews Avenue
(Crossroads Shopping Center) in Henderson. For more information, call 252-438-3528.
Voter Registration Once you have been a resident of Warren County for 30 days, you may register to vote in Warren County. In order to make updates or changes to your voter registration, you should be prepared to provide proof of your previous and/or current address - both mailing and physical (E-911 assignment) in Warren County. Other agencies that provide voter registration services include the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, driver’s license division; the Department of
Social Services, Employment Security Commission or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children ofﬁce at the Warren County Health Department. Registration books close 25 days prior to any election; however, a new law that was passed in 2007 allows for ﬁrst-time voter registration during One-Stop voting. You may view your current voter registration by going to www.sboe.state. nc.us. A public access terminal is located at the Board of Elections ofﬁce, and staff will assist you with any changes that you wish to make. The Board of Elections ofﬁce is located at 309 N. Main St. (John Graham Centerannex building), Warrenton. Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 252-257-2114.
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Warren County offers K-12 education in both public and private schools, as well as access to higher learning through VanceGranville Community College, which has a local campus in Warrenton. Warren County Schools includes four elementary schools, a middle school and three high schools, giving students a choice in preparing for the future. The county also has a charter school — the HaliwaSaponi Tribal School — and a private learning environment at Norlina Christian School.
libraries Whether you read for fun over the summer, need to research local history or use a computer for homework, Warren County Memorial Library and the Norlina Library offer a variety of services for local citizens, as well as classes, special exhibits and programs throughout the year.
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festivals, parades & fun year-round
July Wise Independence Day Parade and Festival: July 2, 2011. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and follows Highway 1 to the ďŹ eld behind Wise Baptist Church. A festival follows the parade in the oak grove at Wise Baptist Church off Highway 1. The event features music, food and craft vendors.
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Fireworks display, July 2, 2011 at nightfall. Sponsored by Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department at Eaton Ferry Bridge on Lake Gaston. Lake Gaston Annual Boat Parade celebrates Independence Day on July 3, 2011, 10:30 a.m. The parade route covers several coves along the lake before returning to the Main Lake, where participants gather to sing.
Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival: Presented on July 16, 2011 by the Ridgeway Historical Society, Inc. and the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department. Event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. behind the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Shed located near the ﬁre department on Highway 1. Festival includes music, food, historical displays, games, kiddie rides, horseback rides and a wide variety of vendors.
August Art Plunge: Held in 2011 at Morningstar Marina at Lake Gaston. Event showcases local and regional artists from North Carolina and Virginia. Featured artwork includes paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, metal outdoor sculpture and more.
September Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival: Sponsored Labor Day weekend by the Littleton Lions Club in downtown Littleton; features a variety of vendors, festival food, music, car show and more. Warren County Agricultural Fair: Sept. 14-18. Sponsored by the Warrenton Lions Club at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Ridgeway Street, Warrenton; features rides, a variety of foods, games and agricultural exhibits. Warren County Firemen’s Day: Sponsored by the Warren County Firemen’s Association the last Saturday in September; includes ﬁre departments from across the area in a parade down Warrenton’s Main Street, lunch & competitions at the Warren County Fairgrounds as teams vie for the coveted Best All-Around Department trophy.
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Annual Seafood Festival: Sponsored the ﬁrst Saturday in October by the Lake Gaston Lions Club at the festival site in Henrico. The event features allyou-can-eat seafood with ﬁxings, soft drinks and other beverages and live music.
Warren County Christmas Parade: Sponsored by the Warren County Jaycees. Parade route typically follows Main Street in Warrenton. Event features ﬂoats, bands and a special visitor from the North Pole.
Harvest Market: Sponsored by the Warrenton Revitalization Committee on Courthouse Square each October, with food and craft vendors, music, displays, artisans and more. Fall For the Arts: Sponsored by O’Sail, the Organization to Support the Arts, Infrastructure and Learning on Lake Gaston. The event features a juried show and sale of various art displayed at multiple artists’ studios and lakefront homes.
Prelude to Christmas: Sponsored by the Warrenton Revitalization Committee following the county Christmas Parade. Event features the lighting of the town Christmas tree, music and a visit by Santa Claus.
January Archaeology Day: Sponsored by the Piedmont North Carolina Chapter of the Authentic Artifacts Collectors Association at the Warren County Memorial Library on Front Street in Warrenton; includes regional displays of ancient Indian artifacts, and discussions and identiﬁcations of relics found in the region.
April Annual Powwow: Sponsored by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe at Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School near Hollister April 20-22, 2012; event features Native American dance, drum, singing, crafts, food and more. SpringFest: Sponsored by the Warrenton Revitalization Committee on Courthouse Square each April, with food and craft vendors, music, displays, artisans and more. Page 22—Discover Warren County
Gaston Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center at the Chamber, 2475 Eaton Ferry Rd. Trophies are awarded, and BBQ is served from noon until sold out. Warren County Relay For Life: Held at Warren County High School to beneﬁt the American Cancer Society. Event includes survivors lap, luminary ceremony, music, food and other activities. (sometimes held in April)
May Battle of the Barbecue: Sponsored Memorial Day weekend by the Lake
For information on the many events held in Warren County year-round, check the online Community Calendar at www.warrenrecord.com.
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Parks & Recreation The Warren County Parks & Recreation Department provides organized sports activities for children and adults throughout the year, plus several playgrounds. Programs include soccer, football, baseball, softball, basketball and occasional clinics. A central recreation complex offers a walking trail, multiple ﬁelds, a playground and open areas for enjoying outings. A park in the Manson area includes tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas and a swimming pool, and a gymnasium in Warrenton hosts events including pickleball games and basketball tournaments. Other organizations in the county offer sports activities during the year, including church league softball three nights a week during the summer.
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the art of quilting
Whether you are a skilled quilter or are working on your ďŹ rst quilt, if you are looking for other people who share your love for this traditional yet contemporary craft, the Heritage Quilters may be the perfect group for you. For 10 years now, a diverse group of Warren, Vance and Halifax county residents has gathered on a regular basis to share their love of quilts and desire to help their community through a variety of projects. The idea for the Heritage Quilters began to develop in the mid-1980s as Warrenton residents Margaret Bullock and Jereann King Johnson discussed forming two groups â€” one interested in writing oral histories and family stories, and the other interested in quilting.
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encouraging and While the writing documenting quilting group did not traditions and develop, several activities. area residents Today, the Heritage worked together in Quilters continues 2001 to organize a to meet once a meeting that would month at the Warren focus on a shared County Cooperative interest in quilts. Extension Center on Ten people attended Rafters Lane near this ﬁrst meeting Warrenton. These of what would gatherings are become the Heritage “open invitations” to Quilters, and they anyone interested in decided to meet on a quilts and quilting, regular basis. no matter their skill At their initial level. gathering, the The group includes both men and group developed a mission statement establishing their goals of supporting, women of all ages and skill levels. For those new to quilting, Johnson explained that the Heritage Quilters can provide information on everything from quilting classes to where to ﬁnd fabrics and other supplies. “We have information ����������������������������������� about classes if you’re ���������������������������� interested in traditional ��������������������������������� ����������������������������� hand quilting or machine ���������������������������� quilting,” she said. “We �������������������������������� especially encourage ������������������������������������ young people to come ������������������������������������ and visit us. We want �������������������������������� them to get more involved in our work.” From the 10 people who attended the ﬁrst 317 North Main Street, Ste. B (April 1, 2011) • Emporia, VA 23847 meeting in 2001, the ������������ Telephone: (434) 634-4830 • Fax: (434) 634-4870 ������������� group has grown to
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include 21 members now. Johnson said that members enjoy making a wide variety of quilt styles from traditional to contemporary, including pieces that look like works of art. Projects include both handand machinequilted creations. Over the past decade, the members have showcased their talents in several quilt shows. In addition to quilting, the Heritage Quilters are dedicated to helping their community. “Service is a big part of our mission,” Johnson said. The group is involved in a variety of activities, including quilt documentation to build an archive of Warren County quilts; a countywide tour for new teachers and school system personnel to help them learn Page 30—Discover Warren County
more about the area; work with youth groups; area presentations, especially with youth, school groups and other community-based groups, and participation in local festivals to help others learn about their work. The Heritage Quilters are also active in the Community Investment Network and provide small scholarships to collegebound high school seniors. The group hopes that these efforts will grow in the future. “Longrange, we want to provide grants to community groups who provide youth educational activities,” Johnson said. _____ For more information about the Heritage Quilters, email Jereann King Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Portia Hawes at 252-257-9194.
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tranquility If you’re looking for a relaxing place to vacation, retire or relocate, Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake offer more than 70,000 acres of fresh water for ﬁshing, boating and water sports. Both are home to championship ﬁshing and offer an abundance of game ﬁsh such as large mouth and striped bass, walleye, black crappie and several species of catﬁsh. Camp sites and rental properties are available for vacationers, and for those looking to retire with some peace and quiet, waterfront cottages and large homes dot the shoreline in Warren County. The lakes offer private and public boat ramps, swimming areas, marinas and parks, sandy public beaches, public and private golf courses and boat rentals.
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Warren County’s mild climate makes Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake ideal for water sports and relaxing throughout much of the year.
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the joys of classical music
Tucked away in the community of Inez in southern Warren County stands a musical treasure — historic Cherry Hill, which has developed a farreaching reputation for offering performances of world-renowned musicians. Concerts feature piano, voice, string quartets, classical guitar and a wide variety of other instruments. Those attending the performances have a unique opportunity to enjoy music in a historic setting dating back to 1859, when it was built for Marina Alston and her family. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many original features of the structure remain today, and the curved staircase in the foyer is a favorite sitting place for concertgoers. The home, built in the style of noted Warren County builder Jacob Holt, was originally situated on 2,000 acres and retains 500 of the original acreage. Members of the Alston family lived at Cherry Hill until 2004. The home’s most recent resident, Edgar Thorne, created the Cherry Hill Historical
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Foundation. Inc. in 1982 with the dream of establishing a venue for cultural and educational events for local residents. In the years since then, his dream has come true with six endowed classical music concerts every year — three in the fall and three in the spring. The addition of central heating and air conditioning has allowed for an expanded concert season and provided more seating areas
for concertgoers, including the popular screened porch. Over the past season, performances have included concert pianists Thomas Pandolﬁ and Thomas Otten, violinist/ pianist Carol Chung, pianist Daniel Steinert, saxophonist Brian Koser, soprano Pamela Koser, the Duke Pegram Trio, student cellist Kieran Campbell, and opera singer Julia Rolwing. The 2010 season also included Cherry Hill’s ﬁrst summer music camp, featuring children’s chorus, piano master classes and lessons, as well as a concert performed on a three-keyboard Allen organ Discover Warren County—Page 35
brought up especially for the summer camp. Over the years, the historic home has received praise from performers for its exceptional acoustics. The site features a Steinway concert grand piano that has solidiﬁed Cherry Hill’s reputation as an excellent venue for classical music. Edgar Thorne’s vision of bringing music to people of all ages continues to be the main focus of Cherry Hill’s board of directors. The group is working to plan a wide variety of activities in the coming years so that even more residents of this area Page 36—Discover Warren County
and beyond will discover the unique treasure nestled in Warren County. _______ Cherry Hill is located at 2740 Highway 58 in Inez at the intersection with Rabbit Bottom Road. All scheduled concerts are held at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free of charge for children ages 12 and under. For more information, contact Mary Raiford at 252-257-5259 or visit the website www.cherryhillconcerts.com.
Community Theatre comes alive at Lakeland Lakeland Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Littleton, Warren County’s Small Business of the Year for 2010, has been bringing theatre arts to the community for more than 30 years. Offering dramas, comedies, musicals, special shows and theatre workshops throughout the year, Lakeland showcases local talent of all ages and provides a fun learning environment for aspiring actors, singers and those who want to get involved behind the scenes.
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Warren County has a diverse faith community with more than 100 houses of worship holding services on a regular basis. Churches with long histories and striking architecture can be found throughout the county. Among them is Hebron Methodist Church in the Oakville area, pictured here, believed to be one of the oldest churches in North Carolina. Today, these older, historic buildings stand together with more modern worship structures to illustrate the continuing importance of faith in everyday life. A listing of local worship services and times can be found each week in The Warren Record.
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