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Highlands Historic Village, photo by Randolph Shaffner

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Throughout the year, the Highlands Historical Society offers a variety of programs related to Highlands history. Members and visitors are invited to the following events:

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2017

KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children.
Download Kelsey Kids Application here.
No charge.
A Day Camp for children (8–11 years)
learning & experiencing Highlands history and life in the late 19th century.
Monday-Friday
June 12-16
9:00am-3:00pm
THE VITTLES OF SUMMER 2017



Four events beginning in July and ending with our Dahlia Festival Weekend will be held at historic sites. Most will have a representative from the Highlands Historical Society to interpret their connection to our community. We hope these events will attract many of our local and seasonal residents. We'll offer good food, fine libations, and many stories about our town's history that you may not know....wars, ghosts and much more!!!!!


Basket of Dahlias
Enter Gallery of Dahlias
 
    (1) Big Hats, Flapjacks & Bloody Marys, will be held on Kettle Rock with dialogue about Annie Lynn Sullivan, who used to host the same Sunday Brunches many years ago. (July 2)
    (2) "Party at Old Howell Barn," a quaint 80-year-old stone barn is the setting for a Highlands pulled pork BBQ dinner complete with all the fixin’s and full array of beverages at Highlands Country Club home of Frances and Obie Oakley (Aug. 1)
   (3) "Appalachian Dinner" at The Inn At Half Mile Farm, sponsored by OEI. (Aug 8)
   (4) "Dulcimers, Denim, & Dedication" (Dedication of the Prince House National Register Plaque folowed by the Dahlia Patron Party) at the Highlands Historic Village. (Sept. 14)
To reserve Patron Party Tickets at $100 each,
donate here:

or Contact us.
Thursday's Events
(September 14)
at Historic Village

Open House for the Prince House
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

National Register
Dedication
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Patron Party
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Dazzling Dahlia Festival
Highlands Civic Center
$5 entrance fee at the door
$15 exhibitor fee
Saturday
Sept. 16
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Check out our Highlands Historical Society Summer 2017 newsletter
or see past newsletters in the Newsletters tab above.

EVENTS HELD IN 2016

OPEN HOUSE
Visit the Historical Museum, Prince House, & Bug Hill.
Listen to the old-time and bluegrass music of the WellStrung Band.
Enjoy light refreshments & companionship.
Highlands Historic Village
524 N. 4th Street
Saturday
May 28
2:00pm-4:00pm
FOUNDERS PARK DAY
Celebrate our Nation's history.
Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
Corner of 5th and Pine streets
Monday
July 4
2:00pm-4:00pm
KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children.
Download Kelsey Kids Application here.
Or email Linda David at lindawd@hcgexpress.net
No charge.
A Day Camp for children (8–11 years)
learning & experiencing Highlands history and life in the late 19th century.
Monday-Friday
June 13-17
9:00am-3:00pm
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 6th Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Professional

All dahlia enthusiasts are urged to join in the competition. Prizes will be presented in multiple categories. Don’t be concerned; this is not a serious competition. It is to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains. Come and bring your blooms to share with other dahlia lovers.
Patron Party at Highlands Falls Country Club




Dahlia Festival at Highlands Recreation Center

Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Patron Party
Thursday
September 8
6:30 pm

Festival
Saturday
September 10
1:00-5:00 pm
Check out our Highlands Historical Society Spring 2016 newsletter
or see past newsletters in the Newsletters tab above.

EVENTS HELD IN 2015

DEDICATION OF THE
KELSEY-HUTCHINSON FOUNDERS PARK
Corner of 5th and Pine Streets Saturday
May 30
10:00 a.m. ff.
HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
SPECIAL EXHIBIT
A Botanical History of the Highlands Plateau:
In the Footsteps of the Ancients

Created by the Land Stewards of the Highlands Plateau
in collaboration with the Highlands Historical Society,
this exhibit is open for viewing June through October.
Highlands Historical Museum
in the Highlands Historic Village
Fridays & Saturdays
10:00-4:00
KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children.
No charge.
A Day Camp for children (8–11 years)
learning & experiencing Highlands history and life in the late 19th century.
Monday-Friday
June 15-19
9:00-3:00
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 5th Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Professional

All dahlia enthusiasts are urged to join in the competition. Prizes will be presented in multiple categories. Don’t be concerned; this is not a serious competition. It is to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains. Come and bring your blooms to share with other dahlia lovers.
Public admission $5 at the door.
Patron ticket $125. Exhibitor fee $10.
Highlands Recreation Center
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Patron Party
Thursday
September 10
6:30 pm

Festival
Saturday
September 12
1:00-5:00 pm
Check out our Highlands Historical Society Winter 2014 newsletter
or see past newsletters in the Newsletters tab above.

EVENTS HELD IN 2014

HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
SPECIAL EXHIBIT
A Botanical History of the Highlands Plateau:
In the Footsteps of the Ancients

Created by the Land Stewards of the Highlands Plateau
in collaboration with the Highlands Historical Society
this exhibit is open for viewing June through October.
Highlands Historical Museum
in the Highlands Historic Village
Fridays & Saturdays
10:00-4:00
KELSEY KIDS
No charge.
A Day Camp for children (8–11 years)
learning & experiencing Highlands history and life in the late 19th century.
Monday-Friday
June 23-27
9:00-3:00
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 4th Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Professional

All dahlia enthusiasts are urged to join in the competition. Prizes will be presented in multiple categories. Don’t be concerned; this is not a serious competition. It is to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains. Come and bring your blooms to share with other dahlia lovers.
Public admission $5 at the door.
Speaker: Ann Maxwell
Patron ticket $100. Exhibitor fee $10.
Highlands Recreation Center
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Patron Party
Thursday
September 18
6:30 pm

Festival
Saturday
September 20
1:00-5:00 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2013

HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Open May 24-26 (Memorial Weekend)
through November 1-2
Highlands Historic Village Fridays-Saturdays
10 am - 4 pm
Sundays
1 - 4 pm
HIGHLANDS MOTORING FESTIVAL Highlands Recreation Center Friday
June 6-9
DEDICATION OF THE
N. C. HIGHWAY HISTORICAL MARKER
HONORING ANDRÉ MICHAUX

The French botanist André Michaux made his first foray into North Carolina and the North American wilderness when he camped near modern Highlands on June 15, 1787.
West Main Street (US 64/NC 28)
Reception afterwards at Highlands Historic Village
Saturday
June 15
11 am
RECEPTION FOR
THE RESTORATION OF
DR. MARY LAPHAM'S DRESS

Funded by the Cullasaja Women's Outreach
Highlands Historical Museum Thursday
June 20
5:30 - 7:30 pm
INDIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE TALKS
"Mystery of the Trees"
"In the Presence of the Elders"

Don Wells, President of the Mountain Stewards, will give two talks about (1) Indian Trail Trees and (2) Native American Culture, Spirituality, and Wisdom.
(Tickets are $10 each for each performance, students free)
Highlands Historical Museum
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Friday-Saturday
June 28-29
6 -7:15 pm
KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children
No charge.
A Day Camp for children (8 – 11 years)
learning & experiencing Highlands History and life in the late 19th century.
July 15-19
9 am - 3 pm
THE MYSTERY OF GEORGE MASA SOLVED
A celebration of 100 photographs by George Masa on display in the Frank Cook Gallery at the Highlands Historical Museum. Audio-visual presentation by Dr. Ran Shaffner.
Highlands Historical Museum
Park your car at the Museum or the Recreation Center.
Friday
July 19
7 pm
DAZZLING DAHLIAS DISPLAY Hudson Library Opening
September 3
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 3rd Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Professional

All dahlia enthusiasts are urged to join in the competition. Prizes will be presented in multiple categories. Don’t be concerned; this is not a serious competition. It is to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains. Come and bring your blooms to share with other dahlia lovers.
Public admission $5 at the door.
Patron ticket $100. Exhibitor fee $10.
Highlands Recreation Center
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Saturday
September 14
1 - 5 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2012

KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children
Five days of interactive sessions
devoted to learning about life in 19th-century Highlands,
including field trips to Foxfire, Highlands Country Club, a chicken farm, a hike on the Ranger Trail, and demonstrations of crafts, milking, dogging, mountain music, and more. Lunch will be served daily.
June 11-15
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
HISTORY LIVE!
(formerly A Walk in the Park)
Our Mountains and the People Who Named Them
will celebrate Herman Alley, Billy "Dismal" Barnes, Lilla Nourse, Mack Wilson, Rising Fawn, Julia Dryman, and Jule Phillips
and feature Whiteside, Big and Little Fodderstacks, Big and Little Bearpen, Queen and King mountains, Satulah, Scaly, and Shortoff and Yellow.

(Tickets are $10 each, students free)
Events Garden
of the Highlands Historic Village

Park your car at the Recreation Center.

Performing Arts Center
on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 22-23
6:00 - 7:15 pm
(single performance each evening)

Sunday, June 24
4:00 - 5:15 pm
WINE & CHEESE FESTIVAL
Promotional Benefit for the Highlands Motoring Festival
Contribution $15
Highlands Historic Village
Park your car at the Recreation Center or the Sweet Treats parking lot.
Friday
July 13
5:00 - 7:00 pm
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 2nd Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Hobbyist

All dahlia enthusiasts are urged to join in the competition. Prizes will be presented in multiple categories. Don’t be concerned; this is not a serious competition. It is to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains. Come and bring your blooms to share with other dahlia lovers.
(Exhibitor fee $10.)
Highlands Recreation Center
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Saturday
September 17
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Buisness After Hours
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce
for networking opportunities in a low-pressure setting
Highlands Historic Village
Park your car at the Historic Village
or the Recreation Center parking lot.
Thursday
October 4
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Highlands Arts & Craft Show
Books and objects relating to Highlands history
on sale at the Highlands Woman’s Club’s
Annual Arts and Craft Show
Highlands Civic Center
Park your car at the Recreation Center parking lot.
Saturday
October 13
9:00 - 5:00 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2011

HISTORY LIVE!
(formerly A Walk in the Park)
Road Builders of Early Highlands
will celebrate Samuel Kelsey, Celia Hill, John Jay Smith,
Herman Wilson, Florence Ravenel, and Prioleau Ravenel, Jr.
(Tickets are $10 each, students free)
Events Garden
of the Highlands Historic Village

Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Refreshments 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Center
on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 24-25
6:00 - 7:30 pm
(single performance)

June 26
Sunday, 4:00 - 5:15 pm
DAZZLING DAHLIAS!
Highlands' 1st Annual Dahlia Festival
Amateur - Hobbyist

All dahlia enthusiasts were urged to join in the competition. Prizes were presented in multiple categories. This was not a serious competition. It was to celebrate the beauty and enjoyment of these gorgeous flowers that grow so well in our beautiful mountains.
(Exhibitor fee was $10.)
Highlands Historic Village
Park your car at the Recreation Center.
Saturday
September 17
1:00 - 5:00 pm
KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children
Five days of interactive sessions
devoted to learning about life
in 19th-century Highlands,
including life stories of some of its earliest residents
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, October 10
through
Friday, October 14
MUSEUMS-IN-PARTNERSHIP MEETING
for Western North Carolina
Presentation on Archival Techniques,
includes tour of Highlands Historical Museum and Archives, the oldest home in town, and a cottage from the State's oldest sanatorium
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 3

EVENTS HELD IN 2010

A WALK IN THE PARK
Early Highlands Women Speak from the Grave

will celebrate Mary Amanda Davis, Charlotte "Charlie" Elliott, Corinne Froneberger, Martha Norton "Mat" Gottwals, Eléonore Raoul Green, Vinetta Norton Rice, & Albertina Staub.
(Tickets are $15 each, students free)
To be scheduled.
Highlands Memorial Cemetery
Friday & Saturday, take the shuttle
from the Recreation Park.
(Last shuttle leaves at 7:30 pm)


Performing Arts Center
on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 25-26
6-7:30 pm

June 27
Sunday, 4 pm
KELSEY KIDS
Highlands history for children
Two months of interactive sessions
devoted to learning about life
in 19th-century Highlands,
including life stories of some of its earliest residents
Thursdays
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
June 16
through
August 18
BOY SCOUTS RECEPTION
Honoring all current and former Scouts of Highlands
Grand Opening
of a new Boy Scout exhibit at the Museum
Sunday
July 18
3:30 pm
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES
(Tickets are $40 each)
To be scheduled.
Homes in the Highlands Country Club area
including Cobb Road and North Cobb

Take the shuttle from the Community Building near the Ball Park.
(Last shuttle leaves at 3:00 pm)
Saturday
August 7
10 am - 3 pm
DINING OUT FOR HHS
15% of your meal's cost
will be donated to the Highlands Historical Society
Lakeside Restaurant
Smallwood Avenue
Reservations at (828) 526-9419
Wednesday
August 18
5:30 - 10:30 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2009

A WALK IN THE PARK
Highlands Pioneers Speak from the Grave

The tenth anniversary of Walk in the Park
will celebrate Samuel Kelsey, Baxter White, Margaretta Ravenel, Henry Bascom, Mary Chapin Smith, Dr. Mary Lapham, and Prof. Thomas Harbison.
(Tickets are $15 each, students free)
Highlands Memorial Cemetery
Take the shuttle
from the Recreation Park
(Last shuttle leaves at 7:30 pm)


Performing Arts Center
on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 26-27
6 - 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 28
4 pm
Highlands Historical Society 10th Anniversary
and Mortgage Burning Party
Historic Village
524 North 4th Street
(next to the Recreation Park)
Sunday
August 2
1:30 - 3:30 pm
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES
(Tickets are $40 each)
Homes in East Highlands.
Take the shuttle from the Civic Center.
(Last shuttle leaves at 3:00 pm)
Saturday
August 8
10 am - 3 pm
Christmas Showhouse
after the 11:00 am Christmas parade
on Saturday and on Sunday
(Tickets are $15 each)
The Downing/Stewart/Michael House, ca. 1889
Take the shuttle from
the Highlands Community Building
(formerly the Conference Center)
Dec. 5 (Saturday)
1-4:30 pm
& Dec. 6 (Sunday)
1-4:30 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2008

BUG HILL COTTAGE
Ribbon-cutting ceremony
Highlands Historic Village
at 524 N. 4th Street
Sunday
May 25
2 pm
A WALK IN THE PARK
Early Highlands Artists Speak from the Grave

featuring Louis Zoellner, Henry Scadin, Huger Elliott,
Louise Bascom Barratt, Almetta Picklesimer Brooks,
Polly Knipp Hill, and Fred Allen
(Tickets are $15 each, students free)
Highlands Memorial Cemetery
Take the shuttle
from the Poplar Street Conference Center

Performing Arts Center

on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 20-21
6 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 22
4 pm
CENTER FOR LIFE ENRICHMENT CLASS
"The Early Highlanders: A Visual Record"

Dr. Randolph Shaffner, Archivist
(828-526-8811 or CLEHighlands@yahoo.com to register)
Highlands Historical Museum
at 524 N. 4th Street
Wednesday
June 25
10 am - noon
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES
(Tickets are $40 each)
The Clemson Colony in Highlands
(including two Joe Webb Cabins)

Take the shuttle from the Civic Center.
(Last shuttle leaves at 3:00 pm)
Saturday
August 9
10 am - 3 pm
Christmas Showhouse
after the 11:00 am Christmas parade
(Tickets available at Cyrano's Bookshop now
and at Bryson's Food Store the days of the event
Cost is $15 each)
A Joe Webb House on Satulah
Take the shuttle from the Civic Center
Dec. 6 (Saturday)
1-5 pm
& Dec. 7 (Sunday)
1-5 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2007

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION
and Open House
Highlands Historic Village
at 524 N. 4th Street
Saturday
June 9, 4 - 6 pm
CLE CLASS: "Wit and Wisdom Within Spittin' Distance of Highlands"
Randolph Shaffner, Archivist
Highlands Historical Museum
at 524 N. 4th Street
Thursday
June 21
10 am - noon
A WALK IN THE PARK:
Early Highlanders Speak from the Grave
Highlands Memorial Cemetery
Take shuttle from the Conference Center

Performing Arts Center

on Chestnut Street
Friday-Saturday
June 29-30
6 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 1
4 :00 pm
LECTURE: "Henry Tanner's Landscape Paintings of Highlands, 1889"
Richard Gantt, UNC-G Department of Art
Highlands Historical Museum
at 524 N. 4th Street
Wednesday
August 1, 7:30 pm
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES Homes in the Bowery-Playmore Historic District
Take shuttle from the Recreation Park
Saturday
August 4
10 am - 3:30 pm
VOLUNTEER GARDEN PARTY Highlands Historic Village
at 524 N. 4th Street
Sunday
September 16
5:00 - 7:00 pm
ANGIE JENKINS AUTOGRAPHING
HIGHLANDS, N. C. . . . THE EARLY YEARS
Highlands Historical Museum
at 524 N. 4th Street
Friday
September 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm
CLASS: Pickens High School 12th Grade Class on the History of Highlands at the Historical Museum Monday
October 15
Christmas Showhouse
Tickets are $15 each
A Joe Webb log cabin
built for N. T. Ragland in 1925

Take the shuttle from the Civic Center
Dec. 1 (Saturday)
1:00 - 5:00 pm
& Dec. 2 (Sunday)
1:00 - 5:00 pm

EVENTS HELD IN 2006

EVENT

PLACE

DATE

OPEN HOUSE: Annual Meeting of the Membership Historic Village Saturday
June 24
LECTURE: "A Window on the Creative Soul of Highlands" Performing Arts Center Wednesday
July 5
A WALK IN THE PARK:
Early Highlanders Speak from the Grave

Calender of Events
Walk in the Park 2006
Highlands Memorial Park Friday-Sunday
July 7-9
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES Homes at the Highlands Country Club Saturday
August 5
CLASS: Highlands School 5th Grade Introduction to the Highlands Historical Museum Tuesday
November 7
CLASS: Pickens High School 12th Grade Class on the History of Highlands at the Historical Museum Wednesday
November 15
CHRISTMAS PARADE: Bug Hill Float Main Street, Highlands Saturday
December 2
PRINCE HOUSE
House Front
Christmas Show House 2006
House-Trapier-Wright House
("The Prince House")
Saturdays
November 25,
Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23,
27 (Wednesday),
& 30 (Saturday)
1-4 pm
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contact us; phone us at (828) 787-1050; or write us at 524 N. 4th Street, P. O. Box 670, Highlands, NC 28741-0670.
Last modified on August 28, 2017 .