Three hundred years!

Published 5:54 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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It promises to be a once in a lifetime event.

Formed in 1722, Bertie County is now officially 300 years old and plans are being made to celebrate this special occasion.

Events are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 5 that will showcase the county’s unique history as well as offer participants food, fun, and games.

Bertie is one of the largest land mass counties in North Carolina, but it’s only a fraction of its original size. From Bertie County, present day Tyrell, Edgecombe, Northampton and Hertford counties were formed.

The earliest inhabitants were Native American Indians, namely the Tuscarora and Meherrin Tribes. Experience a portion of Native American history with Chief Jonathan Caudill as he will lead the Meherrin Tribal Cultural Heritage Experiences followed by a discussion of the Tuscarora Indians by Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood from NC A& T University at the Cashie River Center (112 West Water Street in Windsor) on Nov. 5.

The day will also feature Slavery and Plantation Life in Bertie Couty at the Hope Plantation and the Roanoke Chowan Heritage Center, located at 132 Hope House Road, Windsor. That event (1-5 p.m.) will feature exhibits and tours of the Hope Mansion and King-Bazemore House. Explore the Hope Mansion and Heritage Center to see some of the most unique furniture from that time as well as colonial and Antebellum mini exhibits.

Step forward in time just a bit and learn about Bertie as a divided county during the Civil War from Gerald W. Thomas, author of “Divided Allegiances” and “Bertie in Blue: Bertie County’s Union Servicemen” sponsored by the Bertie Art Council at 124 South King Street in Windsor.

Meanwhile, activities, food, and exhibits will take place in downtown Windsor around Granville Street from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information regarding times, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, check out the Facebook page; Bertie County Tricentennial Celebration or call Lashonda Cartwright at 252-794-6110.