In This Issue: History Lives!
Sep 01, 2019 08:30AM
By Jason Huddle
A few months ago, we did an issue dedicated to day trips close to Cabarrus County. One of those features, involving Revolutionary War battlefields, required someone to go and get some pictures on-site. I happily volunteered. I am an unashamed and self-proclaimed history geek.
As I walked the path that once served as the exact spot where men had met in battle, fighting to the death for what they believed was right, I had to stop and pause. It was quiet that day. No one else shared the path with me. Nonetheless, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine what it must’ve been like on that terrible day, all those years ago – the cannon fire, the clashing of bayonets and ear-piercing fire of muskets. I could almost hear the men yelling as they clashed together and their screams as life left their bodies.
To be able to go back in time and experience history as it happened has always been a wish of mine ever since Ms. Ridenhour, my fourth grade teacher at (the original) Harrisburg Elementary, first taught me about the exploits of Blackbeard the pirate off the coast of North Carolina’s outer banks.
Unfortunately, until that flying, time-traveling DeLorean becomes a reality, it will have to stay a dream. But that doesn’t mean we can’t come close. Throughout Cabarrus County, and the surrounding region, there are plenty of places where history does, indeed, come alive and that is what we wanted to feature this month!
Did you know there is a little, unassuming house in Kannapolis where you can step back in time and feel what it was like to live during the Post WWII-era, complete with nostalgia and a collection of actual historic pieces of the day? The GI House provides exactly that experience.
A little farther back in time, we enter the Bost Grist Mill. A staple in Cabarrus County since the late 18th century, this mill still welcomes visitors and grinds cornmeal, grits and flour just as it has for over 200 years.
Finally, we step back to the middle ages to see what’s new at this year’s Carolina Renaissance Festival! Come enjoy a time when chivalry was still alive and well, and people still believed in dragons and fairies.
We hope you’ll enjoy this walk through time and I encourage you to stop and study history whenever you have the opportunity – lest you be doomed to repeat it.
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September '19: History Lives!