Harmony Hall Kinston NC

Harmony Hall Kinston NC Harmony Hall is the only house of historical significance left standing in Kinston, North Carolina. The site was built in 1772 and is the only 18th century structure still standing, which has been restored as a historic landmark.
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The site was built in 1772 by Jesse Cobb and his wife, Elizabeth Heritage Cobb, and has served as a residence to prominent historical figures of Lenoir County. Harmony Hall housed the offices of James Glasgow, Secretary of State, until 1781. The State Board of War and other official meetings were held there at this time. During the Revolutionary period, it was owned by Richard Caswell, First Governor of North Carolina after Independence was gained from Great Britain. The house was also the site of a Civil War Hospital, Church Annex, Public Library, and Women's Club building. The house was remodeled around 1790, again in 1835 and the most recent restoration was completed in 1984. The restored house features a large reception room, called the great room, at the center of the first floor with open fireplaces at each end. The great room is the actual size of the original dwelling built in 1772. This area was enlarged by the addition of wings and rooms in later years. Additions included the ladies parlor, which is furnished with 19th century furnishings reflecting the Victorian era, The dining room is located in the east wing, with a kitchen adjacent to it to accommodate guests. A study occupies the rear of the house. A children's bedroom, the master bedroom, and a museum room which houses an extensive doll collection is located upstairs.

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North Carolina Expatriates
08/31/2020

North Carolina Expatriates

August 31st

ON THIS DAY in North Carolina history…

1886:
Dusk has just settled into complete dark on Hatteras Island. High in the Hatteras Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Keeper is on the catwalk level just below the light, where he spends most of his watch. He has just pulled his pocket watch and noted the time. It is 9:50 PM--when suddenly the Hatteras Lighthouse sways violently from the Southwest to the Northeast. Every window in the brick structure shatters. The Keeper sounds the alarm to his fellow keepers below and stumbles and falls his way down the circular steps. The Hatteras Lighthouse is tested to its structural limits as it whips back and forth. The Keepers evacuate and stare in wonder at the Lighthouse.

Four hundred thirty-eight miles west across the state, and a few 1000 feet higher, the Reverend Anthony Porter is vacationing in Asheville. He is in the midst of what he thinks is a dream, in which he at first perceives his wife is moving furniture when he hears the bell in Asheville City Hall begin to toil. The truth comes to him with a shock. At that moment, the corner of his house suddenly rises and slams to the ground--EARTHQUAKE! But as bad as it is, Reverend Porter has no idea at the moment what awaits him, or how fortunate he is. For Reverend Porter’s home church is the Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It is extensively damaged.

At 9:50 PM on the evening of August 31st, an earthquake registering between 6.6 and 7.3 on the modern Richter scale levels Charleston, S.C. Its damage reaches across the entire breadth of North Carolina.

A few miles east of Asheville, at Swannanoa, the railroad tunnels collapse. Across the state’s gold country in Cabarrus County, mine roofs that haven’t been adequately supported come tumbling down, and clouds of dust come erupting out of mine entrances. Fortunately, the mines are between the day and night shifts, so no miners are caught below ground.

Over in Hyde County, an Indian Village consisting of about 30 homes and small farm plots is shaken awake. The elders and chiefs hurry the people to high ground, where they ride out the shaking earth. In the morning, they return to find their village under 2 feet of water that never recedes. Liquefaction of the soil submerges the entire village. The only evidence of the former village of Whapopin is a place on the map about 5 miles north of Engelhard called Whapopin Creek, where it formerly stood.

Significant damage is documented in Elizabethtown, Stovall, Huntersville, Raleigh, Hillsborough, and Waynesville. To this day, the brick chimney on the Carson House in Marion carries a large crack from the Charleston Earthquake.

Shaken from the mountains to the sea, it is by far the worst earthquake damage in North Carolina’s recorded history.

~Kevin E. Spencer, Author, North Carolina Expatriates

Pictured:
- “The Night of the Earthquake in Charleston, August 31st, 1886.” Supplement to Harper’s Weekly, September 11th, 1886. (Courtesy of Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius)
-The Carson House in Marion
-The Hatteras Lighthouse

COURTESY POST:On September 17, 2020 from 4-5 PM, the NC Council on the Holocaust will host the first in a series of webi...
08/29/2020
A Conversation with Margot Lobree: September 17, 2020 Registration Form

COURTESY POST:
On September 17, 2020 from 4-5 PM, the NC Council on the Holocaust will host the first in a series of webinars designed to engage educators with NC Holocaust survivors. Join us for a conversation with Kindertransport survivor Margot Lobree, ask her questions about her story, and learn about the resources we have to teach about this important part of the Holocaust. Registration is limited to 100 people, and we are already filling up after our webinars this week, so register now!

The summer flower garden is beautiful! The dragan flies, butterflies and bees are loving it!
08/17/2020

The summer flower garden is beautiful! The dragan flies, butterflies and bees are loving it!

Much apreciation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kinston Ward (Mormon Church) for a tremendous job on...
08/14/2020

Much apreciation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kinston Ward (Mormon Church) for a tremendous job on clean up from hurricane Isaias!!

07/29/2020

Hello everyone! We wanted to let everyone know that we are booking rentals for special events like weddings, showers, meetings and parties. We can accept your credit or debit card for payment. Just message us or comment for more details.

Abiding by the nonessential business guidelines for coronavirus  prevention
03/23/2020

Abiding by the nonessential business guidelines for coronavirus prevention

It was a pleasure to host CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at Harmony Hall's one room school house  and grounds f...
03/13/2020

It was a pleasure to host CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at Harmony Hall's one room school house and grounds for their 19th century education for homeschoolers

On Wednesday, we decided to partner with Harmony Hall Kinston NC to host our homeschool day program on 19th century education. Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed a change of scenery on a beautiful day! 🌞📚
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#cssneusehomeschoolevent #cssneusemuseum #nchistoricsites #harmonyhallkinston #kinstonnc #homeschool #homeschoolfieldtrips @ Harmony Hall Kinston NC

03/12/2020

THANK YOU Wallace Morris Barwick Landis & Stroud Law Firm for your SPONSORSHIP for Southern Brunch.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 26thSouthern Brunchmore info forthcoming
02/25/2020

SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, April 26th
Southern Brunch
more info forthcoming

02/19/2020

Repair Project Campaign for Historic Harmony Hall Museum, the oldest house still standing in Kinston,is raising funds for much needed repairs. Sub-Project 1-- Removing rotten wood siding on Harmony Hall, replacing and painting and; Sub-Project 2-- Removing the rotten wood from the decorative railing on the roof, replacing and painting. The projected cost of both is $33,200. After receiving a SETRAC grant in the amount of $8,000 grant, As of December 31, we have received from generous individuals, families, and businesses. We still need $7,655 to reach our goal, so please consider donating to help this worthy cause. All donations are tax deductible and we welcome any amount that you see fit to contribute. We appreciate your assistance!

Rui-Ying from Taiwan and Sidney from the state of Washington toured and learned the history of Harmony Hall. Rui-Ying re...
02/13/2020

Rui-Ying from Taiwan and Sidney from the state of Washington toured and learned the history of Harmony Hall. Rui-Ying recognized the dry plant stems as the same that is used in Taiwan during their new year as a sign of wealth. Same as we do with black eyed peas. These delightful young ladies are on their Mormon Mission trip. They help help out in our community. Harmony Hall appreciates their help with projects with the Lenoir County Historical Association which manages Harmony Hall.

How the Civil War created Coca-Cola
01/07/2020
How the Civil War created Coca-Cola

How the Civil War created Coca-Cola

John Stith Pemberton, a Confederate Lieutenant Colonel, served in the defense of Columbia, Georgia, during the Battle of Columbus in April 1865, where he

We have GREAT raffle prizes for Sunday's Open House
12/05/2019

We have GREAT raffle prizes for Sunday's Open House

Just a teaser of some of the items in our Christmas Open House Raffle. During Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 8, the traditional raffle will take place at 3:30. Raffle tickets are only a dollar. Great items such as gift certificates to fine dining restaurants, Art pieces, quilt and stand, wine, Rocking chair, toy tractor, Wood Duck tickets, Hawk's Nest basket, Queen St. Deli,The Beauty Box, oil change, Neuse Sport Shop, Reynolds Seafood, Olimpian, and the list keeps going. You do not have to be present to win but you do have a buy a raffle ticket....LOL... buy ahead of time or on Dec. 8th.

A reminder of Christmas Open HOuse, Sunday, Dec 8 from 2-4 PM. Come have hot Apple Cider and cookies with us.A raffle an...
12/05/2019

A reminder of Christmas Open HOuse, Sunday, Dec 8 from 2-4 PM. Come have hot Apple Cider and cookies with us.
A raffle and bake sale will be conducted.

Just a teaser of some of the items in our Christmas Open House Raffle. During Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 8...
11/21/2019

Just a teaser of some of the items in our Christmas Open House Raffle. During Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 8, the traditional raffle will take place at 3:30. Raffle tickets are only a dollar. Great items such as gift certificates to fine dining restaurants, Art pieces, quilt and stand, wine, Rocking chair, toy tractor, Wood Duck tickets, Hawk's Nest basket, Queen St. Deli,The Beauty Box, oil change, Neuse Sport Shop, Reynolds Seafood, Olimpian, and the list keeps going. You do not have to be present to win but you do have a buy a raffle ticket....LOL... buy ahead of time or on Dec. 8th.

What a wonderful experience at Harmony Hall today!  Kinstonian Lillie S. Williams held a book signing for her new releas...
11/16/2019

What a wonderful experience at Harmony Hall today! Kinstonian Lillie S. Williams held a book signing for her new release, Tools for Teens Transformation: Perfecting Your Own Destiny. Mrs. Williams is a former educator and is a certified life coach. Her talk before the book signing was very motivational and inspiring. Harmony Hall thanks Mrs. Williams for choosing us for the location of her book signing.
Lillie Streeter Williams, Perfecting Destiny Coaching Services http://perfectingdestiny.com

Riverbend Garden Club from New Bern, NC is pictured with Harriet Peebles portrait in the Ladies Parlor. They enjoyed hea...
11/13/2019

Riverbend Garden Club from New Bern, NC is pictured with Harriet Peebles portrait in the Ladies Parlor. They enjoyed hearing about the stories of strength that Mrs. Peebles displayed throughout her life. Thanks for visiting, Ladies!

The bushes are all groomed and ready for the winter season. Christmas Open House will be Sunday Dec. 8th so mark your ca...
11/07/2019

The bushes are all groomed and ready for the winter season. Christmas Open House will be Sunday Dec. 8th so mark your calendars. Kinston has a great weekend planned for Dec.6, 7 & 8th. Hope to see ya!

Our Gardner, Lynn Ison, is preparing the Wooten Garden for winter. The panies are beautiful and the gerber daisies are s...
11/07/2019

Our Gardner, Lynn Ison, is preparing the Wooten Garden for winter. The panies are beautiful and the gerber daisies are still making a viewing.

Harmony Hall Kinston NC
11/07/2019

Harmony Hall Kinston NC

Harmony Hall welcomed members of the Moseley-Bright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution today.  The chap...
10/05/2019

Harmony Hall welcomed members of the Moseley-Bright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution today. The chapter is celebrating their 93rd anniversary this year. Harmony Hall and our local schools would like to thank the DAR for scholarships they provide for students and the Constitution Day materials given each school year.

Lenoir County Historical Association, which manages Harmony Hall, had their dinner meeting with Frances "Man" Lane prese...
09/18/2019

Lenoir County Historical Association, which manages Harmony Hall, had their dinner meeting with Frances "Man" Lane presenting the history of Fort Barnwell.

09/12/2019
Jeff & Sue from Apex, NC spent time touring during their overnight stay in Kinston. We are happy they made Harmony Hall ...
09/12/2019

Jeff & Sue from Apex, NC spent time touring during their overnight stay in Kinston. We are happy they made Harmony Hall as one of their places to tour.

The arbor shines brightly in the morning sun with white blossoms open in all its glory. A nice place to sit and set the ...
08/28/2019

The arbor shines brightly in the morning sun with white blossoms open in all its glory. A nice place to sit and set the good intentions of the day ahead.

What a nice thing to hear from Kate
08/18/2019
Kate Marston Daniels: Kinston is special

What a nice thing to hear from Kate

Few would argue ‘where are you from?’ is of the most common posed questions when you meet someone. So it came as no surprise when this

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109 E King St
Kinston, NC
28501

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Is there an entrance fee?
Copied from CSS Neuse Civil War Interperative Center
Citizenship ceremony can be seen on Neuse News page
Come welcome our new citizens at 9 AM July 4th. Free event.
Happy Thanksgiving Harmony Hall employees!! Thank you for all the exciting activities you provide the Kinston community and visitors from other states. Harmony Hall is abuzz with an array of interesting events throughout the year. This historic building is alive and well!!
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