|PAMLICO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Pamlico County Historical Association envisions a heritage center
where the rich history of Pamlico County can be stored and yet come alive
for students, residents, tourists, and newcomers to the county. The
heritage center will ensure the preservation of some of the rich history of a
people whose lives were molded by rich soils, abundant forests, and
numerous waterways of our coast..
FROM THE BEGINNING
The Pamlico County Historical Association was organized and chartered
with the State of NC in 1968, the end result of a Local History Study Class
organized through the Continuing Education Department of Pamlico
Technical Institute. The initial need for the class was started by George
Peacock, the high school history teacher who was hired as the instructor
and Larry Prescott, Director of the Evening Programs who handled all
arrangements for PTI. Paul Johnson, President of the Institute was very
supportive of this class.
From this class of about 20 local individuals the beginning of researching,
writing, and preserving Pamlico County's History began. With the
assistance from the NC Department of Archives and History, the
association was officially formed, initially in the old wing of the Alliance High
School used as a classroom for PTI, a piece of history itself. The first
officers were Larry Prescott, President, George Peacock, Vice-President,
and Ruth Lee, Secretary/Treasurer.
The stated purpose for the Association was to preserve the history of
Pamlico County and to establish a museum . Both of these purposes have
been accomplished. The original Registry of Deeds building was moved
and was the first museum site until the new building was built.
In 2008-2009, thanks to generous benefactors and a grant from the USDA
we were able to construct a museum and begin adding buildings to our
planned heritage village. The museum was officially opened on August 28,
2009. The heritage village now has a working blacksmith shop and a one
room school house. Two other buildings have been moved to the site, one
of which is a barber shop located in Grantsboro for over 50 years.
The intent is to develop a heritage village that embraces Pamlico County's
rich heritage of farming, fishing and forestry that will become a regional
educational center and visitor attraction.
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