Hoyle Historic Homestead Celebrates 2012 Open House
On September 8, 2012, one of the largest audiences estimated at over 300 persons enjoyed hot dogs, house tours, an outstanding program, genealogy discussions, vendors and exhibitors, and Revolutionary re-enactors. The beautiful day began with a Boy Scout flag raising ceremony. Visitors enjoyed the most recent renovation of the west side porch with the handicapped access ramp. They enjoyed the program led by the Colonial Dames. In my estimation it was one of the most successful Open Houses I have ever experienced.
The HHH Board recently met and endeavors to continue the success of the Open House into 2013. The Board has also appointed a Long Range Planning Committee, which will suggest a roadmap to continue our progress. Board members continue to open the House to local groups seeking to learn of our history and most recently the Leadership Gaston and Junior Leadership Gaston groups were our guests.
I want to recognize the death of William “Bill” Friday, a native of Gaston County and Dallas, who achieved much success at the state and national levels as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina system. We remember Bill Friday as the self-giving person he was. A few years ago we asked him to narrate a DVD of the Hoyle House. He graciously agreed to do so and did it magnificently. If you do not have a copy, you may secure one by checking on the website. We remember our own Bill Friday for his contributions to our state and to HHH.
So what is new for 2013? The Board hopes to secure funding from you and grants to complete the flooring in the Main House, improve the east side porch, and hopefully construct bathroom facilities onsite. Other goals include creating a brochure to assist House tours, opportunities for more volunteer participation, and an exciting 2013 Open House. Your suggestions are appreciated. I encourage you to make your donations to facilitate our goals. You may mail or may use the Paypal on the website. Your contributions are appreciated and create more opportunities to preserve our history.
Finally, I wish to express appreciation to our outgoing president, Dr. Alan May. Dr. May served in that capacity for two years and led successfully in the renovation of the west side porch, subfloor foundation restoration, painting, improvement to the website, east side porch steps reconstruction, preservation planning, and a most successful Open House. Please join me in thanking Dr. May for his leadership and dedication to HHH!
I appreciate your support of HHH and its goals. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Robert C. Carpenter
* The printed newsletter can be downloaded by clicking here: Hoyle Historic Homestead News Volume 20, Number 2 Winter 2012