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Our 24th Annual Open House

The Hoyle Historic Homestead Board of Directors cordially invites the public to attend the 24th Annual Open House.

This event is free of charge to all who wish to participate.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Where: The Homestead is located at 1214 Dallas-Stanley Highway, Dallas, NC.  (see map below)

Guided tours of the house will be available.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music of Soldiers of the Cross, who will perform gospel and bluegrass selections.

Local historical societies and genealogists will be on hand to discuss family and local history.  Bring your questions, and maybe you will find an answer.  Some of those attending are Broad River Genealogical Society, Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society, Mount Holly Historical Society, Belmont Historical Society, Lincoln County Historical Association, Cherryville History Museum.

Exhibits will be provided by Schiele Museum of Natural History, Piedmont Fiber Guild and Gaston County Museum of Art and History.

Food will be available to purchase.

Contributed by Mike Peters and Jeff Pruett

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Hoyle House is Pest Free

At the last board meeting there was discussion regarding the need to have the house, buildings and grounds treated for pests.

The executive committee located a service provider and decided to move forward with the treatment.

On Saturday, July 12 I met the service provider, Johnny Buff, at the Hoyle House to conduct the comprehensive treatment process.  We were on site for approximately 5 hours.  The following areas were treated:

Main House – exterior and interior
Well House – exterior and interior
White Building – exterior and interior
Barn – exterior and interior
Parking Area
Grounds inside the fence
Trees inside the fence

As those of you who have attended an Open House know, we have an issue on the property regarding tent caterpillars.  For whatever reason these caterpillars love the walnut trees.  The trees were heavily infested.  It looks like they become very active in the May / June timeframe.  Johnny sprayed all of the nests that he could reach with his equipment, but he could not reach the nests in the top of the trees.  Johnny treated the trees and the soil around the trees heavily in an attempt to cut down on the caterpillars next year.  We will have to treat the ground again in the spring.  Chances are that once Open House rolls around the nests will be visible and cause concern for some folks but not to worry because we have treated the trees and soil and are trying to get ahead of the caterpillars for next year.

I visited the site again on Monday, July 14 and didn’t see any flying insects at all.  All wasp nests that we encountered were empty.  The caterpillar nests that were sprayed contained dead caterpillars.  I didn’t notice any pest activity at all.

Johnny did a great job for us and has volunteered to come back before open house just to make sure there aren’t any issues. He plans on bringing his family to our Open House as well.

Best regards,

Patrick Messer

HHH Secretary

Peter Hoyle Powerpoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation was researched and created by Robert Carpenter.  Thank you Robert for allowing us to use it.

Robert presented this a number of years ago after the Open House at the Gaston County Museum. He has included parts of the data in articles in Footprints in Time, periodical of the Gaston Lincoln Genealogical Society, but generally most of the information has not been placed in the public domain until now.

A Little History by Martha Miller

We want to thank Martha Miller for providing some very nice photographs for our website. 

Thank you Martha.  Martha has also contributed the following post regarding her Hoyle heritage…

As posted on Martha’s own blogsite  (see the link at the bottom of the page)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oldest Home in Gaston ~ Hoyle House

Gaston County’s oldest home — the Hoyle Historic Homestead circa late 1700s — is located right on the Dallas Stanley Highway.

I have passed right on by this house many, many, times over my lifetime. Never realizing the significance of it, regarding our family history..simply amazing!

They had an open house back in September but I did not remember in time to go, but I am marking my calendar for next year.

Peter Hoyle, (father of Michael Hoyle) was part of the 18th Century settling of the North Carolina Piedmont by German and Scot-Irish immigrants traveling the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road south through the Shenandoah Valley then into the Carolinas.

Michael Hoyle married Catherina Margaretha Dellinger, sister to our John Philip Dellinger. Catherina Margaretha Dellinger was my 5th Great Grand Aunt.

She is the one that is buried not three miles from here, in the center of a plowed field of soy beans.

See the January post entitled “Catherina Margaretha Dellinger Hoyle”.

This homesite was also the site of “Hoylsville”, the first Federal Post Office in present day Gaston County.

In 1738 Pieter Heyl, a miller from Adenbach, Germany, his wife, Catharine, and their children arrived in America on September 11, 1738 on the Robert and Alice, originally settling in northeast Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The Heyl family, later Anglicized to ‘Hoyle’, then lived for some time in Frederick, Maryland, but by 1753 had moved to what is now Gaston County, North Carolina, then part of Anson County, North Carolina. Peter Hoyle died prior to January 20, 1761.

The exact date of construction of the house is not known, but various sources date it anywhere from 1750 to 1758. After Peter’s and his eldest son Jacob’s deaths, which occurred within a year of each other, the land was inherited by Jacob’s minor son Martin, who then transferred his interest to his uncle John.

In 1794 the property went to Peter Hoyle’s other grandson, Andrew, who became a farmer and entrepreneur. “Rich Andrew”,

as he was known, may have acquired the property with the house already standing and then improved the dwelling, or he may have built the house and later upgraded it with new finishes in the early years of the 19th century.

Apparently plans are under way to restore the old homeplace. There is a fencing around it now, protecting the old house. I am glad it will be preserved and not simply torn down in the name of ‘progress’. We are losing so much of our history as it is.

House is on the right hand side of the road, going toward Stanley, NC. If you reach the Riverside Fish Camp you have passed it!

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