Alleghany Historical Museum Focuses on Collections

The Alleghany Historical Museum is for the 2018 season. The current exhibit features Arrowheads from Jeff Jolly, Butter Dishes from Jettie Royal, Ceramic Pigs from the Halsey Family, Coffee Cups and Mugs from Jeremy Halsey, Dr. Grabow Pipes from Ryan Lane and Gracen Lucas, Drug Store Merchandise from Kermit Pruitt, Flow Blue China from Cindy Atwood, Juicers from Nancy Hunt, Milk Glass and Carnival Glass from Claire Halsey, Pottery from Joyce Speas, Shot Glasses from Lucy Roe, and Thimbles from Virginia Setzer.

In addition to the loaned collections, many other pieces from the Museum’s own collection are currently featured. Many photographs, paintings, furniture, work implements and other materials which illustrate the life, conditions, events and activities of the past are on display.

The Alleghany Historical Museum is a project of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society. Located at 7 North Main Street, it opened in 2010, after the County’s Sesquicentennial’s Celebration in 2009. Stay up to date by following the Alleghany Historical Museum on Facebook.

The Museum will be open each week, from Thursday through Saturday, from 10am-5pm, until Christmastime.

The Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society meets the second Friday at 4pm at the Alleghany County Library. For more information on Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society, please visit our website at www.ahgs.org or write to us at P.O. Box 817, Sparta, NC 28675 or info@ahgs.org,

 

Alleghany County – Live Here and Work Anywhere

 

Alleghany County – Live Here and Work Anywhere

A recent Forbes.com article listed Sparta as one of seven places in the United States noted for a low cost of living and ideal for entrepreneurs to set up shop.  The article specifically mentioned the availability of gigabit, fiber optic Internet service as a primary reason for Sparta making this list.  Sparta town manager, Bryan Edwards offers insight into this resource.

“Often, when we talk about our fiber footprint here in Alleghany County, people think we are mistaken about our service,” he says with a laugh.  “This is especially true when we share this with people from urban areas.  They think there is no way we have that kind of resource in a rural, mountain county.  And when I explain the extent of the coverage, they become even more skeptical.”

Karen Powell of Skyline/Skybest clarifies any question on the issue.  “We have 100% fiber availability across our service area of Alleghany County.  And we furnish service to everyone in Alleghany except one small corner of our community.”

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This creates opportunities for an increasingly technological workforce to live here and work anywhere.  An example is Zach Barricklow.  Zach and his siblings founded Versado Training.  They conduct training for corporations around the world and were recently recognized as an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company.  The fiber capability in Sparta allows Zach fast download/upload speeds and excellent video connection.  This allows Zach’s family to enjoy a home in an intimate community filled with outdoor opportunities.

 

 

 

So whether you are looking for a place to work from home or just enjoy the latest movie streamed directly into your home, Alleghany County’s fiber availability will furnish gigabit speed and uninterrupted service.

 

 

 

 

Golf Tournaments Benefit Local Non-Profits

June brings two opportunities to enjoy Alleghany County’s finest golf courses and to assist with the fundraising efforts of two local non-profit organizations.

On June 19th, Alleghany Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will host a golf tournament at High Meadows Golf and Country Club.  Lunch for golfers will be served at 11:00 am and the tournament begins at 12:00 pm.  Dinner and a concert featuring Wayne Henderson and Friends, the Harris Brothers, and the Alleghany JAM student will follow that evening.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to register for the tournament, visit www.AlleghanyJAM.org.

Alleghany JAM serves an average of over 80 children per semester from all three elementary/junior high schools in Alleghany County, as well as home schooled children.   Grades 3-8 are eligible with newer classes also available for high school students.  Classes currently meet Mondays and Thursdays, 3:15-5:30 pm at Sparta Elementary School in Sparta, NC.  Lessons with master traditional musicians include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, bass, clogging and singing. There is also a traditional arts class where kids learn about additional Appalachian cultural arts.  Students take classes twice per week in both an instrument and enrichment area.  Class fees operate on a sliding scale based on school lunch status. 

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On Friday, June 22, the Alleghany Wellness Center will hold their annual golf tournament at the New River Country Club.  The format is 4 person captain’s choice. Entry fee includes breakfast/lunch, beverages, goodie bag and more! Various sponsorships levels are still available.

For more information, please contact Alleghany Wellness Center - 336/372-2944 or Kay Choplin - 336/657-2052.

Alleghany Wellness Center, Inc. provides opportunities to our community to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles through health education, medically-supervised programs, and facilities for physical activities and recreation. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving the people of Alleghany County and surrounding areas.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Go for a Hike

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Visitors to Alleghany County are often encouraged to slow down and enjoy a more leisurely pace.  Whether they are floating the New River, shopping the quaint shops of Sparta, or enjoying a round of golf, slowing down allows the senses to acclimate to mountain life.  While this can be accomplished in many venues, few places rival a walk in the woods to get one reacquainted with the land. Fortunately, there are several options for walkers, hikers, or trail runners to enjoy nature at its best.

An obvious choice is the many trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Those trails range from a short, easy ¼ mile walk to a beautiful overlook at the Fox Hunter’s Paradise to a more challenging and strenuous hike into Basin Cove.  Many fern lined trails parallel the Parkway and are suitable for hikers of all ages.  See maps below.

The Mountain to Sea Trail (MST) weaves back and forth across the Parkway from the north before dropping down into Stone Mountain State Park. The 1175 mile long trail begins high in the Smoky Mountain National Park at Clingman’s Dome and winds across North Carolina to Jockey’s Ridge on the outer banks.  The Alleghany Sparta Trails Association maintains a large section of the MST that passes through Alleghany County.

One final option is to drop off the mountain to Stone Mountain State Park and hike the Stone Mountain Loop Trail.  This strenuous, 4.5 mile hike crosses the summit of Stone Mountain, passes by the historic Hutchinson Homestead and then takes hikers up past a 200 foot waterfall.  While geographically this hike is “off the mountain” as locals like to say, over half the trail is in Alleghany County.

So, slow down and step into the Heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway.