Meherrin River Trail Ride, April 8-10

Published 10:58 am Friday, April 1, 2011

SEVERN – The Meherrin River Trail Ride is planned for the second weekend in April, an event offering a variety of trail for every level of rider.

The ride location is Royal Watson Road in Severn. Those using GPS to locate the area are required to use Royal Watson Road, Pendleton, North Carolina. This is located on NC 35 just south of the Virginia state line.

The gate will open at noon on Friday, April 8 and primitive camping is available Friday and Saturday night.  Water is available for the horses.

A cash & carry “chuck wagon” will be available on the trail for Saturday lunch and Saturday evening’s meal is included in the registration fee.  The fee for each rider is $30. Children ages 6 and under ride free. Meal tickets are available for purchase in advance.  They are $15 each and children 6 and under are $10.

On Friday night, “Fiddlin’ Joe Edwards and Jimmie Ricks, on guitar, will perform. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday night, event officials will welcome The Cheroenhaka Nottoway Indian Tribe of Southampton County, Virginia.  They will entertain and educate on their culture and heritage during a 7 p.m. presentation. Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown will be present in full regalia.  The farm that hosts the trail ride was once home to the Meherrin and Nottoway tribes.

There will be a presentation by David Collins, The Pharmacy of Boykins, on Veterinary Compounding for horses, cats, dogs and other household pets.  This should be an interesting approach to medical treatment for animals.

A church service, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Bunn with special music from Wallace Benton and Larry Hill, will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The public is invited to come out and be a part of any of the activities.  For more information, visit and click on Murfreesboro Historical Association.  Look under festivals and events.  You may also call Brenda Watson at 252-398-5922 or 252-398-7407(Cell).