Eliza Frazier Bishop will be the speaker at Fort Defiance on Saturday, August 27, at 12:00 PM
The topic is "A Verbal Tour of the National Registered and the State Study Places in the Happy Valley Area". Information includes backgrounds of the properties which made them eligible for inclusion to the prominent listing of National Registration of Historic Places. Most of the registered places are connected to Highway 268, a designated North Carolina Scenic Highway, with others on the Grandin and the Tom Dula roads. Nine of the places were named in the National Register in 2004. The Patterson School Historic District includes two homes, the Chapel of Rest, the Jones-Patterson Cemetery, and all buildings at The Patterson School for the total of nine properties. Three places were already on the NR listing making the twelve places along the Caldwell section of Happy Valley an exceptional historic area for the state. The study of the properties and nominations were made possible through a grant written by Bishop. Senator Donald Kincaid, past supporter of grants for The Chapel of Rest and the Caldwell Heritage Museum, presented the grant to the NC Senate and secured its approval.
So bring your lunch and a chair and plan to spend the day.