The burning of the first mortgage and accounts of progress in preserving the history of the Hoyle House highlighted the Seventh Annual Gathering at the Hoyle Homestead on September 12.
Board Member Norris Frederick welcomed the 190 persons present, saying that we all had come to celebrate those who came before us and to recapture that sense of community lost in the modern world.
Chairman David W. Hoyle, III, remarked upon the walnut tree under whose branches we gathered. This tree’s beauty and shade is made possible by strong roots; likewise, the restoration of the Hoyle House is made possible by those who support it with time and money. A very visible sign of the fruits of those contributions was the celebration of a symbolic burning of the first mortgage, a feat accomplished in less than a decade. The second mortgage remains to be paid.
Those present for the day ranged in age from 91-year-old Lester Hoyle of Richmond to 3-month-old Catherine Jobe. Folks came from as far as California (Mitchell Hoyl) and Fort Lauderdale (Barbara and Jess Bess).
(Thanks to Wilma Ratchford Craig for her notes).