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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - PRESERVATION DAY FESTIVAL - Location: Governor Morehead Park, 422 Church Street, Eden, North Carolina. Please join us for our first annual Preservation Day Festival to honor the everyday lives of our ancestors. Come on out for a day of family friendly games, music, entertainment, contests, food and fun. Preservation Day will be a free event except for the food. Some of the contests may have a small fee to cover prizes. Any money raised will be used to offset event expenses and raise funds for the park. Donations and sponsors will be greatly appreciated! Vendors selling services and merchandise will need to purchase a vendor space (only $10). Those who are only presenting information or showing their collections of Eden and family memorabilia will not be charged a fee. This is a chance to share your recollections, photos and memorabilia with others. There will be representatives from the County and State Archives to help with questions and resources on preserving family collections. Some of the contests will include: the best period (1870-1930) dressed man and woman; a sack race; beard growing contest; a cake walk (bakers bring your best); a preserves, jelly, and jams contests. Local music groups are invited to show their talent. The Beard Growing contests will start August 1st with a clean-shaven face and then do your best beard growth by Oct. 18th and sign up with us here or by calling one of the members listed in Eden's Own Journal August Edition. For more information, contact: Louise Price @ 623-1043, Susan Freeman @ 573-9900, or David Clay @ 427-5711. Join us for the fun and games and consider helping us preserve the heritage of the Eden Area.

ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE - We have opened a sales booth at Lot 2540 Architectural Salvage on Hwy 220 Business, across from VC Ice in the old Food Lion building in Madison, NC. We started at their previous location at the former Winn-Dixie and used 25 items left from the EPS Yard Sale earlier in the year to try this possible revenue stream. We are sharing a booth but it's a much larger space than we had. All items carry an "EPS" coded tag. We will accept donations that are antique or architecturally significant or repurposed items. For more information call 336-427-5711. Here's a PHOTO of our booth, but inventory changes often so stop by and browse!

Friday, February 28, 2014 - EPS is planning a membership drive to be focused on a dramatic and musical presentation "THE ROOTS OF ROCK & ROLL," by musician, actor, and writer Barrie Howard. This will be a light-hearted evening, 7 PM on February 28, with coffee/wine/cheese/dessert refreshments, in an unusual venue, a large private home at 201 Country Club Drive. Do join us in person at this fun time by sending $10 per person to PO Box 2201, Eden, NC 27288, to be put on the reservation list, or join us in spirit by sending membership ($15 individual, $25 family) dues to the same address.

December 7, 2013 - ALERT ALERT ALERT!!! Due to the weather, the Tour of Homes has been rescheduled for next Sunday, December 15th. Mark your calendars and while you are snowed / iced in, whip up a baked goodie for the Bake Sale / Christmas Shoppe! Sites on the tour this year are: Barker Home, 236 Fairway Drive; Booth Home, 901 Church Street; Hobbs-Reilly Home, 1011 Church Street; Manuel Home, 447 Cascade Avenue; Morris Home, First United Methodist Church Parsonage, 1436 Carolina Avenue; Price Home, 133 N. Oakland Avenue; First United Methodist Church, 130 N. Main Street.

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:00-5:00 PM:
- The major project of the year is always the Christmas Tour of Homes, this time the sixteenth annual, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 8. It promises to be one of the best yet, with six homes on the program, plus the historic First Methodist Church of Draper, where the usual spectacular EPS Bake Sale will be combined with the Christmas Shoppe.

The public is invited to all of these activities, and volunteers to assist at the various locations will be especially welcome. All donations to the Christmas Shoppe and Bake Sale will be gladly received. Funds raised at this event go toward the many worthy projects of the Society. Advance tickets will be on sale at many places, including Chamber of Commerce, Layne's Pharmacy, Belladonna, Barbour Studio, Front Porch, Smith Landing Gifts, Railroad Café, Granny's Antiques, and House of Health. The cost is $10 for the whole tour.

Bake sale goodies can be dropped off at the church, 130 Main Street in Draper, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 7th, or for early deliveries, at Louise Price's home, 412 Church Street, on Friday the 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information, please telephone 623-1043.

Saturday, July 27, 2013
EPS YARD SALE - Join us for another great YARD SALE from 8am until 1pm(?) - Location: 412 Church Street (a few doors down from the old Price Tire building at Spray Traffic Circle). Drop off donated items on Sat. July 20th, 10am-2pm. Please set aside things you'd like to donate (no clothes, please). We also need volunteers to help organize and work at the sale! Contact: Corina at 427-5711 or Louise at 623-1043. See flyer HERE.

July 22, 2013 (Mon.) - JULY SHOW AND TELL PROGRAM- We will meet at El Parral Mexican Restaurant. Our musical guests will be BOBBY ATKINS AND THE COUNTRYMENT FEATURING KATIE GRIFFIN. The show will start at 7pm, but you can arrive by 6pm if you'd like to have dinner with other EPS members (dinner is on your own). Since this is sure to be a popular event, please RSVP to Corina or David at 427-5711.

We've just updated our 2013 Calendar of Events! We're planning a three part Dessert and Lecture series, quarterly Show and Tell programs, a Yard Sale, a Holiday Bake Sale, Breakfast with the Old Jolly Elf, and a Tour of Homes! So please take a look and mark your calendars so you won't miss any of the fun!

Friday, August 23, 2013
. Presented by editor and author Stephen Davis, Jr., Research Archaeologist and Associate Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Adjunct Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00 p.m. at Leaksville United Methodist Church, 603 Henry Street, Eden, NC. Limited seating. Call 623-6393 for tickets. Tickets are $10.00 per lecture, or $25.00 for all three lectures in this series.

February 17, 2013 (Sun.) - 2013 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND SOCIAL, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Morehead-Fair House, 402 Boone Road. We will also be honoring Neil Fair and the Fair Funeral Home for their renovation of this historic home.

January 28, 2013 (Mon.) - EPS PROGRAM: SHOW AND TELL, Our special guest will be J. D. Paschal who will give a program about Steve Richie and the aviation history of old airports in the county. Program is at 7:00 p.m. at Santana's Restaurant (mezzanine). If you would like to come early and have dinner with other EPS members, please arrive by 6:00 p.m. so that we can all be served promptly. Dinner is on your own! Please RSVP to Terri Faunce (336-623-7833) so that enough seats can be reserved.

Our membership year begins January 1st, so please don't delay! Renew today!
Membership levels are:
William Byrd Circle-$500
Farley Circle-$250
Barnett Circle-$100
Family Member-$25
You may download and print a membership form here. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

December 2, 2012 (Sun.) - 15th ANNUAL EPS CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES, 2:00-5:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for entire tour and are available in advance at the Eden Historical Museum, Eden Chamber of Commerce, or at the door of any of the locations. Locations on the Tour this year: D'Antuono Home, 1851 Indian Trail; Francis Home, 530 Boone Road; Sexton Home, 714 Pitcher Avenue; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 600 Morgan Road. St. Luke's choir to perform a special Christmas Concert at 4:30 pm & while you are there please visit our wonderful Christmas Shoppe.

November 11, 2012 - Our annual EPS Bake Sale fundraiser will be Sunday, November 11 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. inside the Eden Historical Museum during the Olde Leaksville Holiday Open House. Please drop off your cakes and desserts on Saturday afternoon, November 10 from 12:00-4:00 pm at the museum. Our theme this year is: "Come and Get Wrapped Up in Downtown Olde Leaksville." We need everyone's help in making this bake sale a success, so let's all do our part, and bake, bake, bake! Thank You, Terri Faunce, Vivian Phillips, Blanche Hailey.

THE EDEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY NEEDS YOUR HELP! We have many upcoming programs and events (Home Tour, Bake Sale, Yard Sale, quarterly programs, etc) and need VOLUNTEERS to help staff and organize them! It's a great way to help your community and have fun in the process! Contact President Kerry Faunce if you have some time to give.

October 22, 2012 - Our 4th quarter Show and Tell program for EPS members is Monday, October 22nd at Santana's Restaurant at 7:00 pm (upstairs in the mezzanine). A great show featuring musicians Stan and Glenda Corum will be our entertainment. He creates, builds and plays guitars, and his wife plays the keyboard. We need an attendance number in advance, so please call Terri Faunce (336-623-7833) as soon as possible since the 22nd is coming up quickly. Please arrive by 6pm if you would like to dine with other EPS members before the Show and Tell (dinner is on your own but the show is free!).

August 8, 2012: - Community Celebrates After Artifact Returns Home. The Eden Historical Museum now houses a batteau pole from the 19th century after it was returned from North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch at Fort Fisher.

August 5, 2012: Greensboro News & Record - A Thin Slice of History is Back Home. Bateau pole found in Dan River returns to Eden after two years of conservation.

July 23, 2012 (Mon.) - JULY SHOW AND TELL PROGRAM at Santana's, 7:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine. Ted Haapala will present a "Show and Tell" on ANTIQUE MODEL TRAINS. If you would like to meet with other EPS members for dinner (on your own), please arrive by 6:00 p.m. so that everyone can be served promptly.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - Tales of the Hairston's: Berry Hill and Beyond, presented by Barry Steagall. 2:00 p.m. at Morehead-Trotter-Fair House at 402 Boone Road. Seating will be limited so RSVP today to: Jean at 623-2225 or Phyllis at 627-1762. Admission will be $10.00 for EPS members and $15.00 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - APRIL SHOW AND TELL PROGRAM at Santana's at 7:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine. Keith Atkins will present a "Show and Tell" on Native Americans. If you would like to meet with other EPS members for dinner (on your own), please arrive by 6:00 p.m. so that everyone can be served promptly.

RUMMAGE SALE - April 20-April 21, 2012
The Eden Preservation Society will be having a "Rummage Sale" on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from 8 am- 3 pm at 651 Washington Street.
Get ready to donate those household items, collectibles, antiques, furniture, jewelry, crafts, books, sporting goods (no clothes, please) to help preserve and protect the rich history of Eden! This is one of our major fundraisers of the year and is crucial to keep our many projects going.
Drop off your donated items at 651 Washington Street on Saturday, April 14 from 10am-2pm and Monday, April 16 from 10am-2pm.
We are also in need of assistance in cleaning and organizing the building, sorting and pricing merchandise, helping to supervise the sale and clean up afterwards. Please contact me with what dates you can help out.

The Meador-Kemp-Norman-Stevens House at 511 S. Hamilton Street was the site of our 2012 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND SOCIAL on Sunday, February 12th. We are very appreciative that the homeowners, Joseph and Jennifer Griffin allowed us to hold our event in their lovely (and recently renovated) home. Read more about the home and event here:
Couple Renovates Historic Home After Fire.

Our Show and Tell Program on January 23, 2012 at Santana's Restaurant was well attended and a lot of fun! We would like to thank Robert Murphy of Eden for bringing his fantastic collection of interesting old tools. His assistants Patti Murphy and Terri Faunce were sports for helping out with the presentation!

Mrs. Santa Claus stopped by the Eden Historical Museum during CANDLELIGHT DOWNTOWN on Dec. 13th! - Eden Holds Candlelight Downtown

Although the CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES on Dec. 4, 2011 has passed, we would like to thank the homeowners who opened their lovely homes for the tour to benefit the Eden Preservation Society:
o Aiken Home - 700 Riverside Drive
o Amburn Home - 638 Prospect Street
o Burnette Home - 531 Glovenia Street
o Southern Home - 750 Morgan Road
o Talley Home - 514 Highland Drive
Read more about the tour here: - History at Every Turn

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our annual HOLIDAY BAKE SALE on November 13, 2011 a great success! We appreciate our bakers, our buyers and our wonderful volunteers who make it all happen!!

Update Oct. 2011: Our membership meetings will now be held quarterly and will include a program. We are experimenting with various locations, times, and days to see what works best for our members. We are open to suggestions of locations and programs! Become a member and get notifications of future meetings!

September 25, 2011 TOUR OF THE COLLECTIBLES MUSEUM AT FAIRVIEW FARM (BURTON HOME PLACE) - All proceeds went to support the Eden Historical Museum and the Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives' Lillian M. Coleman Leadership Grant Challenge. See articles:
News & Record: A Couple of Collectors
Eden News: Their History is No Mystery

April 2, 2011-July 30, 2011 - HATS FROM THE ATTIC: An exhibit brimming with style at the Eden Historical Museum. Open Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Exhibit photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

June 29, 2011 - Rockingham County Museums Host Civil War Symposium

June 25, 2011 - Civil War Symposium - SHARP INSIGHTS: The Story of Thomas Robinson Sharp, Mastermind of the Great Train Raid of 1861 (who later lived in what is now Eden). MORE INFO

May 29, 2011 - News & Record: A Sharp Look at the Civil War

May 22, 2011 - We spent an Afternoon with Author Charles Rodenbough. He gave a most enjoyable talk about his book: History of a Dream Deferred: William Byrd's Land of Eden. The talk was held at the beautiful and historic Church of the Epiphany, 538 Henry St. in Eden. See flyer.

March 26, 2011 - Our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Theatre was a lot of fun! Barry Howard portrayed Mark Twain and the delicious fried chicken dinner (Mark Twain's favorite!) was catered by Church Street Station. You can see a couple of photos of the dinner/performance on our slideshow.

February 27, 2011 - News & Record: Couple is Honored for Saving Old House

February 23, 2011 - Stoneville Couple Renovates Historic Eden Home

February 20, 2011
Our 2011 Membership Drive and Social at the historic Johns Manor House was a wonderful event! "Annie Eliza Johns" gave a brief talk about her family and home and we welcomed aboard new Eden Preservation Society President, Kerry Faunce. Guerrant and Janet Tredway were presented EPS's first Certificate of Preservation for the outstanding work they have done rehabbing the historic home. Keep the Johns Manor House in mind for your next special event! To find out more about the house, call the Tredways at (336) 573-2993.

January 25, 2011
Congratulations to the Eden Preservation Society Cemetery Committee! The Old Spray Cemetery was awarded the 2010 Community Appearance Award for "Landscaping/Exterior Appearance" by the Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Awards Dinner on January 25, 2011!
     Two plaques were actually presented. One to EPS, and one to Colin Clark due to his efforts in the cleanup in order to obtain his Eagle Scout rank. Colin was not able to attend since he is away at college, so his Scout leader Jim Downs accepted the award for him in his absence.
     We should all thank David Clay who is Chairperson of the Cemetery Committee, EPS members, Colin and his Scout leader Jim Downs, and the American Legion members who put in hours of hard work to make this often overlooked and neglected spot a place we can be proud of!
EPS Cemetery Committee Page

Our membership year begins January 1st, so please don't delay! Renew today!
Membership levels are:
William Byrd Circle-$500
Farley Circle-$250
Barnett Circle-$100
Family Member-$25
You may download and print a membership form here. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Christmas Tour of Homes - Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 2:00-5:00
Homes on the tour: The Johns-Osborne House, 1011 Center Church Road; The Matthews-Hagood House, 114 N. Oakland Avenue; Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Shaw home, 208 Green Knolls Drive; Mr. & Mrs. Billy D. Phillips home, 1581 Rhodes Road, and The Farabee, 1301 W. Washington Street.
Tickets are $10 for the whole tour, available at Barbour Studio & Gallery, Eden Chamber of Commerce, Riverhouse Gift & Gourmet, The Front Porch, Granny’s Variety Shop & Antiques, Diamonds-N-Dust, Eden Historical Museum, or from members of the Society. Also available at the homes during the tour. All proceeds to benefit Eden Preservation Society projects. Call 336-623-1043 or 336-623-3853 for more information. Download FLYER.

November 12, 2010 - The annual Christmas in Eden ornaments are here! This year's ornament features the John B. Ray Building, commonly known as the Central Hotel on Washington Street.

Annual Holiday Bake Sale - Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 2:00-5:00
The Eden Preservation Society will host their annual Holiday Bake Sale at Pace-Stone, 663 Washington Street during the Holiday Open House in Olde Leaksville Shopping District. A dazzling array of delicious goodies will be offered! This would be a great opportunity to buy your Thanksgiving desserts ahead of time! This annual fundraiser is vitally important so that the society can continue its many projects including the Eden Historical Museum and the Gov. Morehead Park. For more info, contact: Pam at 623-2348 or Jean at 623-2225. Download FLYER.

An Evening With Loudon Wainwright III - Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is a benefit performance at the picturesque Governor Morehead Park in Spray. The proceeds are to help Piedmont Folk Legacies in its effort to save the historic Nantucket Mill by turning it into the National Banjo Center, and to help the Eden Preservation Society repair the crumbling foundation wall of the area’s very first textile mill at the park itself. Tickets must be purchased by September 20th! Tickets will be available during Riverfest Sept. 17-18th at the Eden Preservation Society booth, which will be in front of the Eden Historical Museum. To order tickets online or for more information: click here. TEMPTATIONS IN THE GARDEN - Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Oak Hills Golf & Event Center. Sponsored by the Eden Chamber of Commerce. There will be lots of great food prepared by local chefs & caterers, music provided by Gerald Summerlin and the very popular silent auction & elegant cake auction presented by the Eden Preservation Society. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets or more information please call 623-EDEN.

News & Record: Cleaning up the Past.
Eden News: Cemetery Cleanup Continues in Eden
See photos of the cleanup project here.

On Sunday, July 18, 2010, Craig “Rocky” Rockwell of Virginia, portrayed Brigadier General William Clark of Lewis and Clark to a large attendance.
      Rockwell's involvement with the Lewis and Clark story began in 1980 with his first position as a Park Ranger for the Corps of Engineers. He has used the expedition story in his interpretive programs throughout his career, because of the importance of Lewis and Clark to the history of the Corps of Engineers.
      Since then, he has performed for a wide range of events and organizations across the country including: Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events, for schools and colleges, civic organizations and historical societies, for the US Congress in our nation’s Capitol Building, in several Lewis and Clark documentary films, and even on the theme float for President Bush’s second inaugural parade.
      Rockwell currently serves as the Operations Project Manager at Philpott Lake, which is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project.
      This program was ponsored by the Eden Preservation Society and the Rockingham County Historical Society.

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND May 7-8, 2010 - Join us at the Eden Historical Museum this Friday and Saturday. The museum will be open on Fri., May 7th from 3-6 pm for the first Eden Farmer's Market of the season, to be held in the municipal parking lot in front of Karastan. THE SAME NIGHT, the museum will be open from 6-9 pm for Ladies Night Out sponsored by Olde Leaksville Merchants. There will be music, refreshments, health screenings, specials, and more! Then Saturday, the museum will be open regular hours from 10 am-4 pm. and then from 4-8 pm for the first Eden Cruise car show. Shops will be staying open late and there will be refreshments, giveaways, and more!

April 22, 2010 - A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped to make our TAG SALE AND SILENT AUCTION last weekend so successful! We had a great turnout and sales exceeded our expectations! We could not have done it without our generous donors, enthusiastic shoppers and energetic volunteers! We plan to have another one sometime in the future. If you have items to donate, please contact us!

April 8, 2010 - The latest edition of our quarterly NEWSLETTER is now online! Check it out to read all about what's happening!

March 20, 2010 - SPRAY CEMETERY - Another cleanup day was held at the old Spray Cemetery on Church Street across from First Wesleyan Church. We owe much thanks to Boy Scout Troop 553 under the direction of Jim Downs and Joshua Clark and the many other volunteers from the Eden area and elsewhere that came out to help. The cemetery has been neglected for years and many of the old markers cannot even be located due to the overgrown weeds and vines. There are about 120 known graves there. The earliest marker located is dated Dec. 1, 1881 and is that of Mary Ann Robertson Pollard. The most modern marker found so far is dated April 30, 1920, and is that of Beulah Bradley Miles. If interested in helping in the future, contact: David Clay, Cemetery Committee, 427-5711.

-March 10, 2010 - Eden News: Cemetery Cleanup Effort a Success.

March 1, 2010 - The long awaited clean up of the old Spray Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, March 6th beginning at 10:00 AM. Participants will need heavy garden type gloves, pruners or trim saws. There is very much trash in the cemetery that will need to be bagged. If you can spare some heavy duty trash bags, they will be greatly appreciated. We hope to recycle as much as possible so we will not have to arrange trash pickup. All brush will be pulled to the edge of the road near the adjoining vacant lot for city pickup. Our goal is to save the original plantings of the cemetery and clear out the rest. Work will continue at each individual's pace or ability. In other words, stay as long as you feel comfortable that you can handle. Our plans are to park at the rear of First Wesleyan Church (607 Church Street). Hope to see everyone Saturday. David Clay, Cemetery Committee, 427-5711.

-March 3, 2010 - Eden News: Local Cemeteries Due for Cleanup.

FEBRUARY 28, 2010 PROGRAM - Larry G. Aaron gave a most interesting talk to the Eden Preservation Society today about his book: The Race to the Dan, which explores the British and American armies race across the Carolinas in a 230-mile chase in 1781, an event which was pivotal to the ultimate victory of the Continental forces in the American Revolution.

February 23, 2010 - It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our valued Eden Preservation Society members and dedicated museum volunteer, Pat Whitten. He passed away quietly on February 22nd after a lengthy illness. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the Eden Historical Museum, PO Box 264, Eden, NC 27289-0264. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 - We would like to thank DYER'S SHEET METAL for donating a new heating system to the EDEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM after the old one became irreparable this week! Since we are a 501c3 non-profit organization that depends upon donations for our operations, this was a most-welcome donation! Please tell them "Thank you for supporting the Eden Historical Museum!"

The Eden Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it will be the first stop of Morehead Memorial Hospital's traveling display board highlighting 50 years of caring for our community. The museum is open on Saturday's from 10:00-4:00 and the display will be at the museum from Sat. February 6th through Sat. March 6th. See newspaper article.

January 26, 2010 - Congratulations to the Eden Historical Museum for winning the Community Appearance Award at the Annual Eden Chamber of Commerce Dinner!

January 8, 2010 - The latest edition of our quarterly NEWSLETTER is now online! Check it out to read all about what's happening!

The NEW YEAR is here and that means it's time to renew your membership to the Eden Preservation Society! Our membership year runs from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. Please print the online membership form now and mail it to us so that you will continue receiving the benefits of being a member! Or, you can pick up a membership form or drop off your check at the Eden Historical Museum any Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our next monthly meeting will be Monday, January 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eden Historical Museum. Please join us and bring a friend!

November 15, 2009 - A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped to make the Annual Holiday Bake Sale today a great success! We would especially like to thank Pam Archer and Jean Harrington for coordinating the sale, and a VERY special THANK YOU goes to PACE-STONE for allowing us to use their beautiful showroom for the event!

Program on Eden's History
Bob Carter, Rockingham County Historian, gave a talk on the histories of Leaksville, Spray and Draper on Sunday, November 8, 2009. This event was presented by the Eden Preservation Society and was free and open to the public.

October 21, 2009 - Eden Daily News article: Mill Wall Restoration Planned

October 18, 2009 - News & Record article: Mill History Crumbling: Preservationists Pursue a Plan to Restore a Wall at Eden Cotton Mill

October 16, 2009 - The latest edition of our quarterly NEWSLETTER is now online! Check it out to read all about what's happening!

Change of venue for the remaining monthly meetings of the EDEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY this year. The meetings will be held at the EDEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM at 7:00 pm, Mon. Oct. 26 and Mon. Nov. 23

We would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants of the HOMESPUN MUSIC FESTIVAL on Sept. 27th. This was an important fundraiser for the Eden Preservation Society featuring a variety of outstanding local musicians and vocalists. It was held at Governor Morehead Park and proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the Park and repairs to the Morehead Mill wall (the old Leaksville Cotton Mill foundation). Performers included: Chords 'N Strings with Bill Rakes, John Colley, The Harts (Bret & Tina), Anthony Hearn, Morehead High School Choral Ensemble, Lee Dishmon & Keith Sigmon, Dave & Jesse Smathers, and Steve Turman and the Dusty Ridge Group. Thank you again to all who helped! Some photos of the event can be seen here.

The EDEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM had an official ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 19, 2009 during RIVERFEST! The first half of the permanent exhibits were unveiled at that time! This historic moment was the culmination of two years worth of temporaray exhibits and fund raising. MUSEUM PHOTOS.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Eden's Own...Journal to see the latest "Unknown Photo" they have published from the Francis Photography Collection. Maybe you will recognize it!

Aug 1, 2009 - The Old Leaksville Shopping Districts "Bringing the Beach Downtown" event on July 31st was a lot of fun for all! The Eden Historical Museum was open that evening with photo albums from the Francis Photography Collection for patrons to browse through.

July 4, 2009 - The latest edition of our quarterly NEWSLETTER is now online! Check it out to read all about what's happening!

May 31, 2009 - The Eden Preservation Society hosted Picnic in the Park with Charlie Poole at the Governor Morehead Park on Church Street in Eden. Honored historian and musician Kinney Rorrer presented a program detailing the life and music of Eden's most famous musician, the father of country music, Charlie Poole.

May 10, 2009 - Read the NEWS & RECORD article about the FRANCIS PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION at the Eden Historical Museum.

April 28, 2009 - Congratulations to the Eden Historical Museum which received an Appearance Award on April 27th from the Eden Community Appearance Commission!


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The Eden Preservation Society is a non-profit, privately funded organization that was formed for the primary purpose of preserving and protecting the rich heritage and history of Eden, North Carolina.

In cooperation with the Eden Historic Preservation Commission, the Society solicits the help of private citizens, businesses, community leaders and other parties interested in preserving local historic sites, records, and artifacts.

Governor Morehead Memorial Park - Eden Preservation Society Some projects of the Society include the Eden Historical Museum, restoring an 1830’s house (Superintendent's House) on Carroll Street, the Governor Morehead Park, and preserving the remaining foundation of the old Morehead Mill.

Anyone with an interest in history and a willingness to contribute his (or her) time and talents to preserving our heritage is cordially invited to join the Eden Preservation Society.

1830's House on Carroll Street, Eden, NCUpdate Oct. 2011: Our membership meetings will now be held quarterly and will include a program. We are experimenting with various locations, times, and days to see what works best for our members. We are open to suggestions of locations and programs! Become a member and get notifications of future meetings! See Calendar.

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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