Heritage celebrated amid rain in Courtland

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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The 29th annual Heritage Day lived up to its billing Saturday, Sept. 9, as an event that offered something for all ages to enjoy, though its offerings were intermittently accompanied by rain in the afternoon that ultimately cut the day short.

The event was sponsored by the Southampton County Historical Society and the Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Heritage Day was hosted at the village.

Lynda T. Updike, who helped organize the event, said that another representative of the village and museum, Anne Byrant, commented that “we no longer can say we never got rained out.”

The event was set to run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Updike said it had rained the night before and that the rain arrived Saturday around 1 p.m. Volunteers and workers were packing up and closing things down around 3 p.m. as the rain continued.

“Considering the threat of weather, I think we did well,” Updike said. “We had people from around, not just local people. Somebody from Currituck, North Carolina, and several from Conway that I recognized, Pendleton.”

The preview for the event noted that the saw mill, planer mill, steam engine and grist mill would run intermittently during the day. Crafts people would demonstrate old crafts, with craft items for sale. Lunch would be for sale on the grounds and would include Steve Ivey’s famous barbecue, Brunswick stew, hot dogs, snacks, apple and sweet potato jacks, water and soft drinks. 

“I don’t know if they sold all the barbecue, but they sold most of it, sold all of the cracklins, and the crafters seemed to have a good day, so that’s always good,” Updike said.

She noted that Heritage Day drew 751 paying visitors this year, plus about 150 volunteers, Ag Museum committee workers, vendors, Boy Scouts and preschoolers, the latter of whom received free admission.