Hoyle Historic Homestead | Gaston Countys Oldest Home
Gaston County's Oldest Home

Help Restore Gaston
County's Oldest Home

Special Thanks

Earl Withers, of Dallas, gave four tombstones that he was able to save from the old Hoyle Cemetery that was located across the road from the Homestead.  The cemetery was destroyed in the 1950’s.  Some of the stones were damaged and need new bases.  We plan to have the tombstones restored when funding is available.

John Hovis, of Dallas, (704)263-2263 and Nardy Hoyle, of Cherryville, (704)435-3976, have kept our grass cut. Give them a call if you can help.

Thanks to former board members:

Barbara H. Gutierrez, Spartanburg, SC
Benson C. Hoyle, Huntersville, NC
Charles D. Sellers, Gastonia, NC

Hoyle Homestead Association Board of Directors Executive Committee:

David W. Hoyle Jr, Chair, Charlotte
Nan Falls Bridgeman, Vice-Chair, Gastonia;
Mary Ann Antley, Secretary, Morganton;
David W. Hoyle, III, Treasurer, Salisbury
Wilma R. Craig, Historian, Gastonia.

Directors:

*Robert C. Carpenter, Bessemer City
J. Norris Frederick, Charlotte;
Lois Parker Graham, Lincolnton;
Carlos D. Gutierrez, Spartanburg, SC;
*Darrell Harkey, Lincolnton, NC
Mitchell D. Hoyl, San Francisco, CA;
Doris S. Hoyle, Cherryville;
Jack T. Hoyle, Lawndale;
Norris B. Hoyle, Cherryville;
Roy Hoyle, Forest City;
Jayne S. Kennedy, Gastonia.
*Jane Dilling Todd, Gastonia.

* Welcome New Board Members!

Outgoing Chairman’s Report

by David W. Hoyle, III

Thank you for your support during this past year.  Your response to the last mailing was representative of this support and enabled us to pay the first mortgage and make an appropriate name change to Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc. (pending State approval).  Over the last few years we have made significant progress at the Homestead.  We have had support from the descendants of Peiter Heyl, the community, corporations, local government, state government, federal government, and of course, the Homestead Board.  This broad base of support is what has made the project a success.  We have paid the first mortgage and symbolically burned it at the Gathering.  We restored the two existing outbuildings and started restoration on the main house.  We have had restoration architects and archaeologist researching the history of the site.  The board has spent countless hours working on the corporate structure to provide a sound organization to support the project.  Fortunately, this is just the beginning; we have several more years of work ahead of us.  We still have another mortgage to retire.  Our current work plan for restoration of the main house will cost approximately $50,000.  Unfortunately, this is not the total restoration cost for the house.  The total cost will be determined based on the extent of restoration and the use of the site.  Of course, any amount of money spent on this house does not come close to the historical, architectural and family history value.  We must save this piece of out past for the future.  We need financial support from numerous sources for several years to restore the house.  We always need help with the grounds maintenance and general cleanup of the site.  We need assistance writing, editing, printing and mailing this newsletter.  We need tour guides.  How are YOU going to help?

Chairman’s Report

by David W. Hoyle, Jr.

Part of the crowd of 190 listen to John Larson talk of the significance of the house

Since the September Gathering, the Board of Directors had a planning session with John Larson, Dean Ruedrich (our restoration contractor), and Lucy Penegar to plan for this year’s work for restoration of the house and future projects.

The next phase of restoration will include completion of the original front of the house.  We hope to have the front restored before the 1999 Gathering.

Children look and learn as Robert W. Hovis works his pottery wheel

The Preservationist and Archeologists will continue their work on the house and property.  We look forward to working with them and learning more about the Homestead’s history.  Thanks again for your support.  Please put September 11, 1999 on your calendar for the 8th annual Gathering.



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