Sunday, October 26, 2008

Black Walnut Festival in Bethania

From Wikipedia:

Bethania is the oldest municipality in Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States, and was most recently incorporated in 1995, upon the reactivation of the original 1838/1839 town charter. In 2009, Bethania will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its establishment in 1759.

The first planned Moravian settlement in North Carolina, Bethania exists as the only remaining independent, continuously active Moravian village in the southern United States, and is the only known existing Germanic-type Linear Agricultural village in the South. The 500-acre Bethania National Historic Landmark district is the largest National Landmark in Forsyth County. Bethania and its 18th and 19th century properties are listed on the National and North Carolina State Historic Registers of Places.

Bethania was founded 12 June 1759 by the Moravian Brethren of Wachovia as a congregational, agricultural, and trades community. Bethania was the first planned Moravian settlement in Wachovia, and members of a Society, under the care of the Bethania congregation were permitted to reside in the village, as well, after July 1759. Today, Bethania’s eighteenth century German-type linear agricultural village design remains visible and intact, and most town lots and roadways have remained in continuous use since 1759. The town was named after Bethany, a village near Jerusalem recorded in the New Testament as the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, as well as that of Simon the Leper.

In March 2007, The Town of Bethania opened a visitor center and museum, Historic Bethania, to welcome friends and guests, and to promote education and cultural resource preservation in the community. The Historic Bethania Visitor Center facilities include a relocated and restored Moravian farmstead home, the Wolff-Moser House, dating to ca. 1792, one of the earliest known surviving rural Moravian farmstead homes in North America. The Wolff-Moser House can be visited by the public, during the center’s open hours. The Historic Bethania Visitor Center, located at 5393 Ham Horton Lane, at the intersection of Main Street and Bethania Road, also serves as an orientation center for those wishing to explore the Bethania National Historic Landmark District. Visitors to the c. 1759 Bethania Historic District can obtain a tour map and additional information at the visitor center.

Now that you know all about Bethania, NC... It's just five minutes from our Home and today the town held the Black Walnut festival, which was on our list!

I watched her Pour him coffee from the pot hanging over their Fire
I would have loved to bring this little Shed home with me - Add a few of my
Stained glass windows and a Sleeping loft and call it a Garden house in the Woods!
The Moravian Gift and Book shop at Bethania
Inside the Wolff-Moser house
The loom in the Wolff-Moser house
more Beautiful trees
Quaint, historical little homes line the streets of Bethania
Inside the old Mill in Bethania is a pretty Cool candy and Wine shop
At the Moravian Gift and Book shop I picked up these Prints of some of the
buildings at Old Salem... I got the last print they had of the Old Salem Tavern
And, I couldn't pass up these German clip-on tree ornaments for our Christmas tree. They are
very heavy and at $11.00 each, a bit pricey too but the ladies there told me Proceeds from
the shop benefit Moravian Church mission trips - And that's a Very good thing!

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