Bethabara: Celebrating 260 years, 1753 - 2013
- 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, November 17, 2013
Join us where it all began - the birthplace of Winston-Salem.
Celebrate with us as we commemorate the 260th anniversary of Bethabara. Spend time with the first Moravian settlers and learn about life on the Piedmont frontier.
On November 17, 1753, fifteen Moravian men from Bethlehem, PA arrived at their destination: a 100,000 tract of land on the Piedmont Carolina frontier the Moravians acquired from Lord Granville, the last British Proprietor of the North Carolina colony. This land was called Wachovia. The men took shelter in an abandoned cabin and established a settlement which would be named Bethabara, Hebrew for “House of Passage.”
Throughout 1754 and 1755, additional Moravian men and women were sent to Bethabara. Though Bethabara was meant to serve as an outpost on the Wachovia tract until the central congregational town of Salem was built, the French and Indian War interrupted the Moravians’ plans and delayed construction. Bethabara grew and became a thriving settlement. In 1766, the construction of Salem commenced, and with its completion, tradesmen were relocated to the new town. Beginning in 1772, Bethabara’s population was diminished and the town transitioned into a small farming community.
On November 17, Historic Bethabara Park will celebrate the spirit of these first settlers with re-enactments of daily life in the Reconstructed 1754 Village. The day will also include musical performances by the Scottish Fiddler and Friends, the Carolina Children’s Chorus, and the Bethabara Concert Band. Cherokee folklorist Freeman Owle will share stories of the early Cherokee. Other activities include crafts and trade demonstrations. The event is free to the public, but food and gift items will be available for purchase.
Schedule of Events:
1:15 Antiphonal Trumpet Fanfare - Throughout the District
1:35 Central Carolina Children’s Chorus -Gemeinhaus
Cherokee Folklorist, Freeman Owle- Visitor Center Auditorium
2:15 Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends- Gemeinhaus
2:30 Cherokee Folklorist, Freeman Owle- Visitor Center Auditorium
3:00 Central Carolina Children’s Chorus –Gemeinhaus
3:30 Cherokee Folklorist, Freeman Owle- Visitor Center Auditorium
3:45 Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends- Gemeinhaus
4:00 Bethabara Concert Band Big Band- Pavilion
Bethabara 260th Celebration flier [pdf/580kb/1p]
Throughout the Day
Reconstructed 1754 Village-
Re-enactment of daily life of early settlers
1782 Krause Butner House -
Mike Fox- Potter Demonstration
Jane Shouse- Spinning Demonstration
Linda Frey- Weaving Demonstration
1803 Herman Butner Distillers House-
Gingerbread Cake and Mulled Apple Cider with performance by UNCSA musicians
Edward L. Stockton Sr. Visitor Center
Paper Moravian Star Making- Classroom
Blacksmith Demonstration- Front Lawn
“Main Street” Food for Sale-
Johanne’s Restaurant Moravian Sugar Cake
Freeman Owle Biography
Freeman Owle was born on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina in 1946. He grew up in the Birdtown community and attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs School until his graduation in 1966.
Freeman then left the reservation to attend Gardner Webb College in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He completed his first year of college there and then transferred to Western Carolina University, where he received a Master’s degree in Education in 1978. After leaving Western Carolina, he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an elementary teacher for twelve years. During his time with the B.I.A., he taught 3rd and 6th grades at Cherokee, North Carolina and all of his students were Cherokee. Freeman received the Teacher of the Year Award for Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools nationwide in 1989.
In 1990, he left the school system to lecture on Cherokee stories and culture to schools, churches, military basea, and other groups throughout the south east. Freeman has spoken to the Rangers at Fort Benning, Georgia; The Army Corps of Engineers, at Vicksburg, Mississippi; and the Signal Corps at Fort Gordon.
He has worked as a Missionary for the Ten, Ten, Ten program for The United Methodist Church and has spoken in many churches in the south east. Freeman has done programs for students in grades K-12 in every state in the south east. He has spoken at Penn State, The Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, and many gatherings at Lake Junaluska.
Freeman works closely with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C. He is on the board of directors for the Qualla Arts and Crafts. He has co-authored several books on the Cherokee: The Living Stories of the Cherokee; The Cherokee Heritage Guide Book; and The Milky Way are a few of the books he has been a part of. He was awarded the Folklorist of the Year Award by the State of North Carolina and The Presidential Preserve America Award by President George W. Bush in the White House in Washington.
Freeman also taught leadership at Western Carolina University for five years. He is also an artist. Freeman carves sculptures of things that relate to the Cherokee culture. He learned to carving while attending the Cherokee Indian School and his teacher was Amanda Crow. He now works mostly with stone.
Enjoy food, music and craft demonstration!
*Sponsored in part by Wells Fargo
Bethabara Moravian Church Celebrates it's 260th anniversary on November 17, this is not just our anniversary but the province's.
In 1753, 15 Men walked from Bethlehem PA to the back country of North Carolina to found Bethabara in the tract of Land named Wachovia on November 17.
To celebrate the momentous occasion we are planning:
Provincial Choir and Band concert on Friday November 15 at 7:00p.m. All are welcome!
"From First Church to First Church" A Choir Concert by Central Moravian Church Choir from Bethlehem PA on Saturday November 16 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Anniversary Sunday November 17:
Worship and Communion at 11:00 a.m.
Lovefeast at 6:00 p.m.
All Are Welcome!