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12/1/2019 12:01:00 PM
DAR To Host Christmas Tea & Auction, Dec. 15
Venue is Vesuvius, famed eastern Lincoln County mansion
Vivia Tatum and Michelle Zerbe Stewart are seen here at last year’s tea.(Photos Courtesy DAR)
Vivia Tatum and Michelle Zerbe Stewart
are seen here at last year’s tea.

(Photos Courtesy DAR)
The Vesuvius mansion (top) will be the scene of a Christmas tea and auction, Dec. 15.
(Bottom) Jim Tatum makes the scene in his Revolutionary War uniform.

The Vesuvius mansion (top)
will be the scene of a Christmas
tea and auction, Dec. 15.

(Bottom) Jim Tatum makes the scene
in his Revolutionary War uniform.

Lincoln Herald Staff

IRON STATION––A Christmas tea and auction will be held Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

The event will be sponsored by the Vesuvius Furnace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vesuvius, the famed 18th-century mansion near Iron Station, is the place to be for the annual tea, according to event spokeswoman Jennifer Young Baker.

“This Christmas tea is being held on the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and will feature a traditional tea service in the beautifully decorated Vesuvius Vineyards estate,” Baker recently said. “There will be an auction featuring products and services from local businesses. Proceeds from this event will repair the headstone of Nancy Wagoner, wife of Revolutionary War Patriot Pvt. Edmond Wagoner. Additional funds will be used for the refurbishment of the Peter Forney Family Cemetery.

The purpose of this annual event is to fund historic preservation projects in eastern Lincoln County,” she continued. “Last year, we funded projects in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, including the replacement of Capt. Spencer Shelton’s headstone and repairing Pvt. Wagoner’s headstone. We also cleaned the veterans’ stones in the cemetery; took an inventory and documented it, complete with photographs and historical notes; and then hosted a memorial service where the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) placed markers on these two stones, as well as that of Pvt. and Rev. Jeremiah Munday.”

Baker added that books were created to show the cemetery inventory. They were presented to Bethel Methodist, the Lincoln County Historical Society and the DAR Library in Washington, D.C.

Recent developments have left the Bethel Cemetery in a precarious position, as Baker revealed.

“A developer has dropped a very large tree, which has unsettled several of the gravestones,” she said, explaining that the slabs are now leaning. “There is also not an easement. Lincoln County owns this cemetery and is investigating the damage. We will help once projects are identified.”

The Christmas tea tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight, available by mail at: DAR Vesuvius Furnace, P.O. Box 1793, Denver, N.C. 28037.

Or you may contact Baker by telephone or e-mail respectively at (704) 607-5901 or for more information.

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