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“A New Look at Yadkin County History during the 20th Century”

– A Photo Exhibit presented by the Yadkin County Historical Society –

Join us for an opening reception on May 19, 2022 from 5 to 7pm, presented in conjunction with Yadkin County Chamber’s Business After Hours

The Yadkin Historical Society is partnering up with the Yadkin Arts Council to  present a photography exhibit “A New Look at Yadkin County History During the 20th Century” on the Red Wall Gallery May 19 thru June 24, 2022. This exhibition will feature a collection of black and white photographs taken in the early 20th century, approximately from 1910 to 1960. An opening reception to celebrate this look at Yadkin County’s history will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 5-7pm in the Center Bistro at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.

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Some of the subject matter featured in this collection includes horse and buggy riders at the courthouse (1910), first motor delivery of mail (1916), Mt. Pleasant School (1906), West Yadkin Girls Basketball Team (1949), Yadkin County Centennial Parade (1950), Laying of the Hoots Hospital cornerstone (1951), World War II bomber vets (1943), Yadkin County High School People of Color (1951), Yadkin County High School Basketball Team (1960), May Day Ceremony at Yadkin County High School (1966), Elderly People of Color (1951), and Big Poplar Tree at the Battle of Shallow Ford (1996). Each of these images is described in a free booklet that will be available to pick up at the opening of the exhibit.

What is the Yadkin County Historical Society and Charles Bruce Davis Museum?

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On December 12, 1965, Jimmie R. Hutchens and a group of local historians formed the Yadkin County Historical Society, Inc. to restore the historic 1861 brick home of former North Carolina Chief Justice and Mrs. Richmond Mumford Pearson, their family, and their enslaved workers.  Jimmie R. Hutchens of the Courtney community served as the leader of this project, which was dedicated in 1989.  Today the Historic Richmond Hill Law School Commission operates Richmond Hill and sponsors special events from April – October.  See their website.

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In 1981, the Society published The Heritage of Yadkin County, North Carolina.   Later the Society published The Journal of the Yadkin County Historical Society (1982-2015), The People of Color of Yadkin County, North Carolina (1992), The Heritage of Yadkin County, North Carolina, reprint edition (2001), Yadkin County Genealogies, Vol. 1-3 (????), Historical Architecture of Yadkin County, North Carolina (1987), The Heritage of Yadkin County, North Carolina, Sesquicentennial Edition (2010), and Yadkin County: The First One Hundred Years (1996).  See the publication list.

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The Society is working with a committee to publish The People of Color of Yadkin County, Vol. 2, with Rita Williams Anthony, who serves as chair.

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Since its beginning, the Society continues to preserve Yadkin County history, genealogy and family history, historic properties, including abandoned cemeteries, and work with local authors and history-related organizations in the Yadkin Valley to preserve their history.  Among these are the Jonesville History Center, the Lewisville Historical Society, Historic Rockford Preservation Society, Historic Huntsville Preservation Society, and the North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail.  At the present time, the Society is compiling a list of documented Patriots, Loyalists, and others who participated in the 1780 American Revolutionary War Battle of Shallow Ford.

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In 1984, the Society moved the historic 1853 home of Thomas and Lavicy (Bryant) Tulbert to the Charles Bruce Davis Museum, where it became part of the Museum that includes the 1892 Old Yadkin County Jail, 1890 Jailer’s House, 1905 Harding Office, and the 2010 Garden of Gravestone Art.

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In 1991, the Society began a new study of about 500 abandoned cemeteries in Yadkin County, with the support of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners.  To help find and preserve these places, the Society and the Commissioners declared March as Abandoned Cemeteries Awareness Month in Yadkin County, with a periwinkle ribbon as its symbol.

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In 2022, after a two-year hiatus to combat the COVID-19 virus, the Society opened an exhibit of historical photographs at the Yadkin Arts Center.  Its future of historic preservation provides many opportunities for volunteers to join and lead.

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The Society is operated by a Joint Board of Directors that meets monthly at the Tulbert House.  Current members include President Andrew Mackie, Vice-President Vacant; Ann Shelton Black, Secretary; Treasurer Vacant; and Clinton “Oz” Prim, Tom Bastable, and Hugh Conaway, Board members.

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Membership is open to anyone who is interested.  Its 2022 Annual Meeting is Monday, June 13, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room, E. Birch Street, Yadkinville, NC 27055.  For more information, contact the Tulbert House Office and Library, 216 N. Van Buren Street, Yadkinville, NC, leave a voice mail at 336-679-2702 or an email message at yadkincountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the Red Wall Gallery please email us at info@yadkinarts.org

Here at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center...

We take every opportunity to provide the citizens of Yadkin County with compelling and inspiring art, especially art created by their talented neighbors. This gallery is located inside our eclectic restaurant, The Center Bistro, and it’s the newest gallery of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. It allows you to explore even more pieces of art created in our vibrant and expressive community.

The Red Wall Gallery displays the work of our resident artists and other local artists.

Want to Display Your Art in our Red Wall Gallery?

When you become an Artist Member, you have the opportunity to display your work here in our Red Wall Gallery and inspire visitors with your art. Any patrons of The Center Bistro, which varies from frequent Yadkin Cultural Arts Center visitors to volunteers, to tourists, will have a chance to see and admire your work.

All pieces displayed on our Red Wall Gallery are for sale

You’ll always have the chance to experience something new with our wide variety of local artists featured here at the Red Wall Gallery. These exhibits change on an ongoing basis, featuring our Artist Members, local students and our YARD (Yadkin ARts District) Artists. 

As part of the Yadkin Arts Council mission to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through the arts, we also encourage our citizens, and tourists alike, to take that enrichment home with them as well. When you purchased a piece of work that speaks to you, you’re not only improving your home, but you’re also supporting local artists and their dream. 

Visit our Red Wall Gallery and experience the talent we have in our community!