From Sir Walter Raleigh in the 17th century to Washington Duke in the 19th and 20th, tobacco growing and processing has played a huge role in the development of American history. The “noxious weed” transformed the social landscape in Europe and America and remains today at the center of controversy, leisure activity, and multi-million dollar enterprises. We will visit the Duke Homestead and Bill Potter will bring biblical perspectives to a subject that never ceases to light fires and produce heat and smoke.
Saturday, May 24
We will visit the site of the last major battle of the Carolina Campaign of the Union Army at Bentonville. The Confederate forces under Joseph Johnston, in a last, desperate gamble to stop the Yankee juggernaut, threw their depleted forces at the invaders, suffering over 2,600 casualties, a thousand more than the enemy. A month later, the surrender took place at the Bennett Place, and North Carolina joined the list of states facing Reconstruction.
The Museum of North Carolina History in Raleigh presents intriguing displays of many of the sometimes world-changing events of the Old North State. From the landing of the English settlers and the birth of Virginia Dare, to the pirates of the capes, to the first manned airplane by the Wright Brothers, the artifacts and displays tell the story of the state in one of the premier history museums in the South. No place displays the providence of God like a history museum, and this is no exception. Of course their claim to present 14,000 years of Carolina history needs our special brand of revisionism.
The beautiful Capitol Building of North Carolina gives us an opportunity to tell the stories of individuals who made their mark on American and Carolina history. Here we will discuss the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the signers of the National Declaration. From the monuments on Capitol Square we will learn of the incredible contributions made by this state in the defense of liberty. Did you know that more North Carolinians fell in the Civil War than from any other state in the Confederacy?
Sunday, May 25
Day of rest. No scheduled activities. Our friends at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest welcome you to worship with them if you would like.
Monday, May 26
SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY EVENT!
The Wake Forest Memorial Day Picnic is a glorious and unique event hosted by Hope Baptist Church, with the purpose of bringing the community together to honor veterans who have served our country, and to give glory to God for His providential acts in history. We will celebrate this special day by listening to veterans from WWII through the present share their stories and pass on their legacy to the next generation!