Jonesville’s 10th celebration of history and heritage on Saturday, May 4, will open in historic Mineral Springs Park from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will continue in Lila Swaim Park from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. with an evening of karaoke, skydiving, square dancing, a bluegrass concert by the Grasshoppers and fireworks.
Admission is free.
To accommodate parking in Lila Swaim Park, guests are encouraged to park on the multi-purpose field (from Stadium Drive).
At 9 a.m. in the Mineral Springs Park area, the lower section of West Main will be closed between the Cherry Street entrances. North Mineral Springs Drive and North River Road will also be closed to accommodate parking, a car show, exhibitors, flea market and craft vendors.
A step-stone from the Benham Hotel, from which slaves were allegedly sold in the 1830s — prior to residents asking marketeers to leave town — will also be placed in the Park. The step-stone has been donated by Jonesville Mayor Lindbergh Swaim and family.
Effley Howell, Sr., former resident and owner of Thankful Heritage, Inc., will deliver Martin L. King’s “I have a Dream” speech from the step in opening ceremonies on May 4.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, guests will be invited to view historic markers, celebrating Jonesville’s storied past and heritage. Future markers will be placed along other trails that trace Jonesville’s history to the mid-1700s.
Following a presentation by an honor guard from Yadkin County’s 28th Infantry a patriotic musical program will feature the voices of Tim Cook, Leon Reece and Tim Wolfe.
Food vendors will also be present, with the evening menu including BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.
For more information, contact the History Center (336-835-0077), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://jonesvillenc.org.