Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Gift of Art

Herb Pritchard took an early retirement after a twenty-five year Federal career,  and went back to graduate school for three years to become a mental health professional.  He had a very life-enriching career working in mental health clinics, prisons, private practice and assisting victims of abuse here in Brunswick County. Since his latest retirement he has volunteered with Southport / Oak Island Counseling Service, Southport Elementary School kindergarten, hospice and Stephens Ministry.  His principle interests are relationships, painting, tending his garden and nurturing his soul. Herb is an artist and he has a devotion to paint oil portraits at no charge for families who have lost a loved one in our recent wars. He mails these free to any location in the USA.  All he needs is to receive a photo at . Here is a story link from an article about Herb that was posted a few years ago.

Above are examples of three portraits that Herb painted for families that lost a loved one.You can e-mail Herb and send him a photograph and provide your contact information. He is one special man giving 
a gift of the HART. 

Posted by Phyllis Wilson
Neighbor of Herb Pritchard

Bits & Pieces of History - The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

 Kerenhappuch Norman Turner and her husband James were Virginians and the parents of one son, James Jr., and four daughters.  After James Sr. died in 1773 the family remained in Virginia and fervently supported the Revolution.  James Jr. became a Captain and seven Turner grandsons joined the Rebel Army.  In 1781, Captain Turner’s company was sent south to Guilford County NC.  All eight of the Turner men fought at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse where James was seriously wounded.When Kerenhappuch received word her son had been wounded she rode on horseback to care for him and other wounded soldiers.Following the war the families of James, one daughter and Kerenhappuch relocated to Richmond County NC on the Little River.  She continued riding and hunting until 1805 when her horse threw her and she died of a broken neck. On July 4th 1902 a monument was dedicated to Kerennappuch Norman Turner at the site of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Its granite base is crowned with the bronze figure of a woman carrying a folded towel over one arm and a tea cup and saucer in the other.

Guilford Court House Horse

The following letter is a poignant picture of the feelings of the men who fought that day.
Camp Guilford Ct. House, 15 Mar 1781
"My Dear Nancy ...
It is scarcely possible to paint the agitations of my mind (if it were worth
the while), struggling with two of the greatest events that are in the nature at
the same time - the fate of my Nancy and my Country. 0 my God, I trust them with
thee; do with them for the best; The day seems nearly at hand that will render North Carolina perfectly happy
or completely miserable. Our General is a great and good man, his army numerous
and apparently confident in victory. ... If we succeed against Lord CORNWALLIS
we expect to be discharged instantly, for by that time the Continental troops will
eat all the provisions this country and South Carolina can afford... this is the
very day that I hope will be given me a creature capable of enjoying what its
father hopes to deserve and earn - the sweets of Liberty and Grace..."
[From: The American Historical Register, by Charles H. Browning (ed) (Philadelphia;
The Historical Register Publishing Co., 1895), p. 1123 (June 1895) - Ltr from
Richard HARRISON to his wife, Mrs. Anne HARRISON of Granville County, N. C.]

posted by: DAR member Diane Price

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Peggy Troxell Attends Grave Marking Ceremony of Henrietta Foy

Lord Craven Colonial Dames President, Carole Weiss and DAR State President, Peggy Troxell place a wreath on the grave stone of Henrietta Foy on Saturday, September 28th at her grave at Poplar Grove in Wilmington, NC.

Several members of the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the Grave Marking Ceremony of Henrietta Rhodes Foy, daughter of Henry Rhodes Revolutionary War Patriot, on Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m. at Poplar Grove Plantation, in Wilmington, NC sponsored by The Stamp Defiance DAR Chapter. The Stamp Defiance Chapter sponsored a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Manor House. The Brunswick town members who attended  the ceremony were: Phyllis Wilson, Bonnie Becmer, Nora Hickam and Pat Gooding.
Undine Longo, member of the Stamp Defiance Chapter,  Bonnie Becmer and Pat Gooding from the Brunswick Town Chapter enjoy refreshments in the parlor of the Manor House at Poplar Grove after the Grave Marking of Henrietta Foy.

Peggy Troxzell, NC DAR State Regent, Carole Weiss, President of the Lord Craven Colonial Dames Chapter, Linda Rivenbark, DAR District IX Director and ladies dressed in Colonial costume from The Stamp Defiance Chapter bow their heads in a moment of prayer.

This is a back view of The Poplar Grove Manor House. All of the guests who attended the Grave Marking of Henrietta Foy walked up to the first floor of the Manor House for refreshments.

October 9th DAR Meeting


The Brunswick town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their October 9th meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC at 10:00. The guest speaker will be Pat Elsaesser, Chairman of the National American Indian Heritage Committee for the Brunswick Town Chapter of the DAR. If you have any questions contact Regent, Jackie Craft.

Special Notes: 

  • Please bring office supplies for the Literacy Council
  • Please bring donations for the Crossnore School's Resale Store; gently used clothing for all ages and sizes; evening gowns; shoes, toys, jewelry, odds and ends types of things etc.