South Charlotte

Heritage Day a way to honor the past

One of south Charlotte's few historic landmarks is having a Heritage Day for families on Sept. 17 from 11a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Lower Providence Community House Log Cabin will host a barbecue and a glimpse of days gone by.

The cabin was built in 1938 for the wives of hardworking landowners in the Ballantyne/Blakeney area. A group of women, some descendants of those landowners, meet there every month, and their mission is to protect, restore and educate people about the cabin.

There is no admission fee for Heritage Day, but all proceeds go to the restoration of the cabin. The chimney was recently restored, and now the logs require restoration.

For Heritage Day, a blacksmith, potter and bookbinder will showcase their work. Antique tools and dolls, wood crafts, quilts, butter churning and spinning wheels will be on display at the cabin.

Robyn Goode, "The Gourd Lady," will sell her crafts made out of gourds, which include Christmas ornaments and jewelry.

Dan Nance, a local Revolutionary War artist, will showcase his artwork. Students from the Mary Applegate School of Music will play "golden oldies" music.

The Rev. David Beam will play blue grass Gospel music.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with the Color Guard from Ardrey Kell High School. A Boy Scout troop will have a campfire cooking demonstration, and Jake Clark's Border Collie Sheepherding will take place at the Ross farmhouse, adjacent to the cabin, at noon and 4 p.m.

Big Bob Gibson's Award Winning BBQ will be selling food and drinks, with hot dogs also available.

The cabin across from Community House Middle School is in an area that used to be called Lower Providence.

The landowners of Lower Providence had family names that are now on roads, schools, neighborhoods and retail centers: Ardrey, Bryant, Kell, Robinson, Blakeney, Kerr, McGinn, Ross, Hawfield, Earnheart, and Hall. The men of these families originally built the cabin for their wives, who needed a place to socialize and learn from each other.

The group continues that tradition with a community lecture series every fall.

Catherine Rabb from Johnson & Wales University will have a cooking demonstration at the cabin on Oct. 9, and Bill Anderson will give a historical lecture on Camp Providence on Sept. 25.