Southport, Bald Head remember War of 1812

StarNewsOnline.com

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Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The area’s role in the War of 1812 will be commemorated Oct. 18-20 as Southport hosts a three-day celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict. It will pay tribute to the efforts of the citizens of North Carolina in the War of 1812.

Events will include a symposium, living history on the Garrison lawn, tours, mystery dinner theater and dedication of historical markers.

The N.C. War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, N.C. Division of State Historic Sites, the city of Southport, and the Lower Cape Fear in the War of 1812 committee are sponsoring the program.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 will rededicate a marker that was placed on the Garrison lawn by the North Carolina Society in 1938. After that, a tea will be held in the Southport Community Building.

A costumed interpreter will portray Eliza Clitherall, wife of the post surgeon at Fort Johnston and witness to the events that took place in town. In 1938, the Southport Woman’s Club took part in the ceremony and again they will participate by providing the tea.

On Friday, Oct. 19, a dedication of a new historical marker will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal. This marker will mark the encampment site of militia that was called by the governor for the coastal defense of the state against British invasion. The marker was provided by the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and Nora Quinn, Honorary President National.

Go to the 1812 state blog http://no433chapterofusdaughtersof1812.blogspot.com/ (or http://bit.ly/T1WFtF) for a complete schedule of activities, or call 457-0003.

Information provided by Gwen Causey.

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