News Column

Grange highlighted at Kenly museum

May 29, 2014

By Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.



May 29--KENLY -- There are a few new things to see at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum this summer.

Preliminary work has begun on a new heritage garden, and just recently, the museum unveiled a new exhibit highlighting the North Carolina State Grange.

The exhibit, funded by the Grange, tells how the organization began and the work it did in rural North Carolina since the late 1800s.

Gayle Kildoyle, museum executive director, said the students from East Carolina University did the research for this display.

Those who take time to read the information in this exhibit will learn that the Grange was an advocate for farmers and those who lived in rural areas of our state and pushed for paved roads, rural electrification and phone services.

There are a number of items in the exhibit including an early Progressive Farmer magazine and a Grange cookbook.

The exhibit fits nicely among other indoor displays that tell about life in rural North Carolina. Other exhibits include a replica of a farm kitchen, farm clothing and medicines and home remedies from a century ago. Farm equipment is also on display indoors.

Outdoors, tobacco has been planted at the site of a heritage garden sponsored by Philip Morris USA with a donation of $10,000.

Trees have been cut down and stumps will be removed to make room for the garden. Next year, Kildoyle said a vegetable garden with herbs will be planted as well as field crops including tobacco, soybeans and corn.

Kildoyle said the museum is working with Cooperative Extension agents on this project.

The museum's Saturday Series also continues. The purpose of these events is to preserve culture and heritage.

This Saturday's topic is decoys. Collectors will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. displaying waterfowl decoys, both old and new.

The June schedule includes painters June 7 and a meet and greet book signing and sale to document the past and present on June 14. The 301 Endless Yard Sale takes over the museum's outdoor area on June 20-21. Photographers will be on site June 28.

lisa@wilsontimes.com -- 265-7810

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