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The exact location of the home in which Scottish Jacobite heroine and AmericanLoyalist Flora MacDonald lived during her stay in North Carolina has, for decades, been the subject of much debate. With her husband Allan, MacDonald emigrated to North Carolina in 1774 and settled on a plantation purchased from Caleb Touchstone in present-day Montgomery County, not far from where Flora's stepfather, Hugh MacDonald of Armadale, had settled only two years before. The controversy regarding the actual site of the MacDonald homestead has centered on two tracts of land that were owned by Touchstone. One tract was located on Mountain Creek in upper Richmond County and the other on Cheek's Creek in Montgomery County. The two sites are only about five miles apart near the Richmond-Montgomery county border. Historians James Banks and J. P. MacLean reported that the MacDonalds purchased a tract of land on Mountain Creek and named it Killiegray. The site of the Killiegray plantation on Mountain Creek was believed by many to be the site of the MacDonald home; however, the name Killiegray is that of a small island in the Sound of Harris in the lands of the Clan MacLeod in the Scottish Hebrides. The MacDonalds would not have named their plantation after a MacLeod holding with which they had no connection.

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Givens Performing Arts Center Announces 2014/15 schedule:

Broadway & More Series

Broadway Rox – Sept. 20

The National Acrobats of China - Oct 13

Jekyll & Hyde, the musical - Oct 20

American Big Band: Home for the Holidays - Nov 21

Million Dollar Quartet - Jan 15

NC Symphony - March 21

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton - March 24

The Great Gatsby - April 25


Bonus Events

Michael Ian Black, comedian – Oct 24

Mamma Mia! - Nov 13


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NC Spotlight:
Gaither Carlton

Gaither Carlton, a native of Wilkes County, North Carolina, was an old-time fiddle and banjo player. The youngest of nine children, he was a quiet and shy as a boy, and although many of his relatives were musicians he chose to teach himself to play music. When he grew up, he would go on to play with regional greats including G. B. GraysonClarence Ashley, and Al Hopkins.

While Carlton had been playing both banjo and fiddle since the 1920s, he was not recorded until the 1960s, when he was featured on several albums with his son-in-law, Doc Watson. Watson married Carlton's daughter Rosa Lee. Gaither in time would gain wide recognition for his excellence as a musician, brought to the public eye when he performed and recorded with Doc.

Listen to Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton play "Hicks Farewell" on Youtube:


grapes, peanuts(green or boiled), squash, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, cucs, peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes

call ahead to check on peas and butterbeans please


honey, jams, jellies and preserves on on hand daily----if you would like a gift basket please place an order with us


Col. Thomas James Purdie, CSA

Thomas James Purdie was born at the family home, Purdie Hall, on the bank of the Cape Fear River, near present day Tarheel, NC on June 22, 1830. He was the second son and third child of James Bailey Purdie and Anna Mariah Smith Purdie. The couple would eventually have four children born at Purdie Hall before the death of James Bailey in 1835. Purdie Hall, which still stands today, is a two story Georgian style house, which was built by James Samuel Purdie, grandfather of Thomas Purdie, between 1803 and 1807.

The Purdie family was one of wealth and prestige, affording Thomas the opportunities and advantages which were, at that time, only available to children of wealthy families. His father died when Thomas was only five years old; so he was reared under the watchful eye of his mother during his formative years.

Little is known of the early life of Thomas except that recorded in local accounts, such as a neighbor's diary. These accounts indicate that Thomas was a well-respected young man, who collected books and helped tend his family's vast land holdings on both sides of the Cape Fear River.

In 1855, at the age of twenty-five, Thomas built a home for himself on family land several hundred yards up river from Purdie Hall. Family papers reveal that his new home had a large library to accommodate his lust for reading and for accumulating books. Thomas was able to live in his new home for only six years when the Civil War began. One can imagine that those six years were among the happiest as he tended the family farms and indulged himself in his quest for knowledge. By 1860, as revealed by the census, Thomas had become among the wealthiest men in Bladen County. The Thomas Purdie house no longer exists.

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Welcome To The 22nd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!

It’s Salty, Roasted, Plain, Green and Boiled. It’s also the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest PEANUTS. We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year. This year’s date is September 20th, 2014. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts which is known, and whose peanuts are shipped, world wide.

Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade.  When the parade ends, a day to be remembered begins. We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, Craft and Food Vendors, Bar-B-Que plate sale, Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, Corn Hole Tournament, Rides for the entire family, Games for the Kids, Our Own Secret Recipe Hot Dogs, Sausage Dogs and Steak and Chicken Fajitas. The Nationwide NASCAR Show Car will be here and the Nationwide NASCAR Race Car Simulator is just waiting for a driver! Nationwide will be giving away fantastic prizes!

Our Entertainment Line Up is sure to keep you moving all day. The band line up will be:
1. The Band of Oz
2. BlackWater Rhythm and Blues Band

3. The New Believers

This is sure to be our best festival yet. We are 22 years strong and so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community. Please visit our website at: and read all about us. Our committee looks forward to seeing each and every one of you have a great and memorable day.  

There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun.

We are a family friendly festival with a few rules to make sure everyone is comfortable. They are as follows: No Alcohol, No Smoking and No Pets of any kind.


We have a peach orchard with 3,200 trees and 28 varieties which begin ripening in mid June, continuing into September. We grow all fruits and veggies that you buy at the market : picking, cleaning, displaying daily for you. Doesn't get much fresher than that.

We begin our season with broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, sweet peas, onions, cabbage, lettuce, garden peas, radishes, beets and fresh potatoes. As the season continues, we will offer more and more varieties of fruits and vegetables, including beets, string beans, squash, sweet corn, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumber, tomatoes, and numerous others. Please call if you are looking for something special--we probably have it !!

Geraldine's Peaches and Produce Roadside Market

Geraldine Herring
10728 Hwy 41 N 
Lumberton, NC 28358 
Phone: 910-739-8686



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.




Owned and operated by the original Coleman family... serving excellent seafood, in the true Calabash style, since 1940!

1125 River Rd

CalabashNC 28467



Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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Call for reservations

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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