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A regular sell-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features costumed, fully choreographed tributes to male and female groups of the era, backed by a band of seasoned musicians who have been performing together for decades.

Relive or experience for the first time the harmonies and smooth moves by acts such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and many more! This high-energy show is perfect for audiences of all ages.

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



 On the morning of March 16th, after the fight of the preceding afternoon around John Smith’s house 2 miles south of this road, Union General H. J. Kilpatrick’s cavalry found a back road circled to the rear of the Confederate position. The Union cavalry attempted to use this road to flank the Confederates, but was stopped by Colonel G. P. Harrison’s brigade of McLaws’ division after moving only a short distance.

     General W. B. Taliaferro decided to abandon the Confederate second position after finding his men in danger of being flanked. At 1:00 P.M. he withdrew to the third and final line of earthworks, where he was assisted by McLaw’s division on his left and Wheeler’s dismounted cavalry on his right. Rhett’s disorganized brigade was held in general reserve behind the junction of this road and the Smithfield road.

     The Union forces soon advanced and established a strong line immediately in front of the Confederate third line. From this new position they pressed the Confederates all afternoon and part of the evening, but were unable to break the line. At 8:00 P.M. General W. J. Hardee, commanding the Confederate forces at Averasboro, having accomplished his objectives, began withdrawing his corps along the Smithfield road. Wheeler’s cavalry was left behind to cover the retreat. By 4:00 A.M. on March 17th, all Confederate units had been withdrawn leaving the Union forces in control.

     General Hardee wished to accomplish two things by contesting the Union advance at Averasboro. The first objective was to determine for General Joseph E. Johnston, commander of all Confederate forces in the Carolinas, whether Sherman’s army was advancing on Raleigh or Goldsboro. The Confederates learned it was moving on Goldsboro. The second objective was to stretch out the distance between Sherman’s left and right wings (which were moving on parallel roads) in order to give General Johnston a chance to concentrate his smaller army and destroy the Union left wing before the right wing could come to its assistance. Both of these objectives were fully accomplished. The stage was now set for the greater Battle of Bentonville fought 25 miles east on March 19-21, 1865.


The 2018 Registration Form for the 7th Annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair is now online at! We are accepting authors, publishers and literary agents for our next event, scheduled:

On Saturday, September 22
At Robeson Community College
In Lumberton, North Carolina

In past years, authors have registered at no charge and provided 40% of their proceeds to Book ‘Em, which was used to increase literacy. RCC has streamlined the process, and now authors pay a flat $50 for a half table or $100 for a full table, and authors keep 100% of their proceeds. This results in authors pocketing more from their sales, and the income from the table rental goes directly to literacy programs.

One of our headliners is Jeff Mudgett, the author of the New York Times bestseller Bloodstains, an intriguing story about his own ancestor, serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes. Jeff’s journey began as research into his ancestry, leading him to America’s first serial killer. As Jeff traveled the world, he uncovered evidence of hundreds of victims and discovered that Holmes could have been Jack the Ripper. His research led to the History Channel documentary series, American Ripper. The story of H. H. Holmes is also soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio as America’s first serial killer in The Devil in the White City based on the book by Erik Larson.

Jonas Saul, our second headliner, is the author of more than 30 novels with more than two million books sold, consistently outranking Stephen King and Dean Koontz on Amazon’s top 100 Most Popular Authors list. Two of his series have been optioned for television series and major movies, including his bestselling Sarah Roberts Series and his Jake Wood Series.  His next thriller, The Immortal Gene, will be released worldwide in 2018—with Book ‘Em North Carolina as one of his first stops.

Rounding out our trilogy of headliners is Elizabeth Massie, the two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award for her novel Sineater and her novelette “Stephen”. She also won the Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers for her novelization of the Showtime original television series, The Tudors. Her most recent works include the short fiction collection, It, Watching as well as stories in Christmas Horror, Vol.2 and Fantastic Tales. The House at Wyndham Strand, Massie’s new young adult historical horror novel, is scheduled to be out in late 2018—hopefully, just in time for Book ‘Em.

Date:   September 22, 2018

Time:   9:30 am - 4:00 pm



Valdese Tourism • PO Box • Valdese, NC 28690


New River State Park

The New River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976 and it wildly winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New River State Park is base camp for exploration of this river at two principal spots—Wagoner Road Access and US 221 Access. Both offer walk-in camping a few hundred feet from parking areas and both offer paddling access. Primitive, canoe-in camping is available at downstream access areas. Brief trips or multi-day excursions can be arranged with private outfitters or careful planning if visitors bring kayaks or canoes. It’s easy to combine paddling, camping, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. A visitor center with exhibit hall complements interpretive programs on the river’s history and ecology, and a community building can be rented for family or group gatherings.