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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
Free Film and Lecture
In honor of the men and women whose lives were lost in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Tryon Palace will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. At 11 a.m., there will be a free showing of 'Pearl Harbor: The Heroes Who Fought Back.' At 1:30 p.m., join us for an intriguing and educational free lecture by local author Jay Eldred. 

Admission to 'Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day' is free and will take place in 
Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.


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.



Robeson County Christmas Show

December 12 - 14, 2019

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, 315 North Chestnut Street Lumberton, NC 28358 


Our annual heart-warming holiday musical revue for the entire family featuring the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays.  This year's show will have appearances of Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch and Santa Claus!  This year marks the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater's eighth edition of what has become a sell-out each year.  Get your tickets early!Visit the weblink listed below for ticket information or call the theater box office at 910-738-4339.  



The Harper House was used as a hospital by the XIV Corps, March 19-21, 1865. About 500 Union wounded were treated here.

During the winter and early spring of 1864-1865, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army wreaked destruction on Georgia and South Carolina. On March 8, his men entered North Carolina. Concerned with the ability to feed and supply his 60,000 men, Sherman divided his army into two wings: the left, commanded by Major General Henry Slocum and the right commanded by Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard. Both wings advanced in the direction of [Goldsboro, F-11, as Confederate forces from across the region were cobbled together in an attempt to delay their progress.

      On March 19, at [Bentonville, HHH-21] a small, 30,000-man Confederate army led by General Joseph E. Johnston attacked the left wing of Sherman’s army. Johnston had been able to raise nearly 30,000 men from South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and eastern North Carolina. Slocum, initially not realizing that he faced an entire army, pushed forward, but was driven back throughout the afternoon. Soon, Confederates led by D. H. Hill were able to flank his men, pouring devastating fire upon Slocum’s troops. Johnston continued his assaults throughout the evening but pulled back upon realizing that the right wing of Sherman’s army soon would be arriving as reinforcements.

      On March 20, Howard’s wing, along with Sherman, arrived on the field. Only light skirmishing took place during the day as Johnston pulled back his left wing to protect his army’s avenue of escape over the Mill Creek bridge. The following day, Union forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower led an unauthorized assault on the Confederate left flank. Mower’s forces almost succeeded in taking the bridge but were called back by Sherman.

      During the night of March 21, Johnston pulled his army across Mill Creek and retreated, burning the bridge behind him. Although he had lost an opportunity to decisively defeat a wing of Sherman’s army, Sherman, by his own admission, had lost the chance to destroy Johnston’s forces by pulling back Mower’s troops. The Union Army, anxious to reach Goldsboro, did not pursue. Sherman’s army lost 304 killed in action, 1,112 wounded, and 221 missing. The Confederates lost 239 killed, 1,694 wounded, and 673 missing.

      Many of the wounded were cared for at a Union army hospital established for the XIV Corps of Sherman’s army at the Harper House. Nearly half of Sherman’s wounded were cared for at the site.



Trails Forever Update
The first stage of the restoration of Trillium Gap Trail, one of the most popular GSMNP trails, has wrapped up for the season with major improvements made from the trailhead to Grotto Falls.

The restoration is the work of Friends of the Smokies Trails Forever crew. This full-time GSMNP crew reconstructs and rehabilitates some of the park’s most impacted trails. This is the fifth Trails Forever restoration project.

Blogger Julie Dodd asked Josh Shapiro, the crew supervisor, about this year’s restoration work on Trillium Gap Trail. READ MORE