Preparations for Candlelight have begun at Liberty Hall! The Script has been written and distributed to the many volunteers who give their time to Liberty Hall Restoration on Dec. 6 and 7.
Candlelight is only possible by the commitment of these volunteers. Some help year after year and then others have to take a break and new ones come along. The volunteers are from many different walks of life and from many different areas
Jimmy Stroud, a retired farmer from Kenansville, has been helping at Liberty Hall for the past 23 years. He will be in the library telling about the War Between the States. This is Jimmy’s favorite room because of the personal historical artifacts.
Ed Emory, a retired Duplin County Extension Director from Kenansville, has served as host for 23 years. He keeps the groups organized and moving smoothly.
Susan Sanderson, Child Welfare Consultant for the Division of Social Services, lives in Warsaw and is a very versatile lady; she has been in eight of the eleven rooms during her twelve years as an interpreter. This year she will be in the winter dining room telling of the scrumptious meals consumed by the many guests during the l860s.
Christa Parker-Rowan will be coming from Beaufort, S. C. for the second year to help out. She has helped for the past nine years but lived in Warsaw at the time. She will be in the parlor this year.Last year she came a week early and helped decorate with Verona Bass and Becky Warren.
Curtis Fountain is an agriculture agent for Duplin County Extension Dept. and lives in the Catherine’s Lake area. He will be interpreting the gentleman’s bedroom for the fourth time during his nine years. “Following Jimmy Strickland’s 20 years as an interpreter for this room is quite intimidating,” commented Curtis.
Newt Carter is the N.C. Production Manager for Murphy Family Ventures and lives at Duplin Country Club. Newt will be a tour guide for the second year during his six years as a volunteer.
Anna Carter, a student at Harrell’s Christian Academy, has helped for six years and for the first three was in the Little’s Girl’s Room. She did an excellent job but outgrew it. She lives at Duplin Country Club with her parents, Newt and Angie Carter.
Madison Phillips, senior at Harrell’s Christian Academy, will be in the lady’s bedroom upstairs. She was homecoming queen this year at Harrell’s and has always done a great job during her five years of volunteering.
Tom Fife, director of the Vidant Duplin Hospital Foundation, will serve as a tour guide for the first time during his five years. He has done several different rooms in the past. He lives at Duplin Country Club with his wife, Marty.
Gracie Chestnutt is a student at E. E. Smith and is such a cute little thing for her age that she will still be in the Little Girl’s Room for the third year. Gracie can sing, talk and her beautiful smile always wins everyone’s heart. She has a Magnolia address where she lives with her brother, sister and parents, David and Sharlette Chestnutt.
Jerry Davis, a retired veteran and member of the Duplin County Search and Rescue, lives in Wallace and will be tour guide for the first time. Last year he directed outdoor activities.
Bobby Trujillo, financial advisor, lives in Kenansville with his new bride and for the first time with Candlelight has agreed to be a tour guide.
Kim Ramsey is a pediatric nurse and lives with her husband, Anthony, in the Potter’s Hill area. She will be lending one of her many talents as the kitchen interpreter. This is Kim’s second year. Last year she was a tour guide.
Jimmy Tate , a man of many talents from Pender County , will be in Martha’s Cottage for the second year. Jimmy is the associate vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Organizational Effectiveness at James Sprunt Community College and still makes time to help with community activities.
Hunter Hathaway, a student at Harrell’s Christian Academy, has been attending Candlelight since before he could walk. This year, it was decided he was old enough to help out in the Young Man’s bedroom. (After all those years, he probably knows the entire story better than anyone.) Hunter lives with his parents, Amy and Joey Hathaway in Kenansville.
Jay Davis, a student from Wallace and a volunteer for the Duplin County Search and Rescue, will be serving as a guide for the out buildings. This is Jay’s second year.
Teresa Davis is also a veteran who served in Iraq and now works as the James Sprunt Incubator Kitchen technician at West Park in Warsaw. Teresa lives in Wallace with her husband, Jerry.
Nicole Harper, a nursing student at James Sprunt and a mother of three, will be interpreting the music room during her first year.
Alexia, Brooke, Jordan, and Hallie Van-Winkle from Albertson will be making their debut with their lovely voices in the auditorium at the beginning of each tour.
Eddie Hughes, professional actor from Oak Island, will be interpreting the Overseer’s Office. This is Eddie’s first year at Liberty Hall.
Sheree Alderman, magazine editor from New Bern, will be playing the piano forte in the music room. She anxiously awaits her first Candlelight experience.
And, for too many years to count, Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Guy and Dr. and Mrs. Tommy Benson have been at the front door greeting guests as they will do again this year. All four of them are retired educators. The Guys reside in Faison and the Bensons in Warsaw.
“Giving of one’s time is worth much more than just a thank-you but that is all the volunteers get. I can’t thank them enough for their willingness to give a week end to Liberty Hall. Wheather it is in the rain, sleet, snow or whatever….our volunteers are always here and always do an outstanding job without complaining no matter what job they are given,” commented Jo Ann Stroud, curator.
After a diligent search, soldiers will be camped on the grounds. As they sit around their camp fire, they will tell of the days when being away from home during Christmas was a lonely and depressing time with the scarcity of food and certainly the absence of Christmas gifts. It won’t be the same soldiers who have been here the past few years but they will be just as special and entertaining.
Please call 910-296-2175 for more information.