Hertford, Beach Springs,
MARCH 17-20, 2011
No. A horse is not needed to enjoy food, fun, live entertaiment, crafts, parade and more.
Yes. A horse or horse drawn wagon is required to participate in the wagon train itself.
(This is not a historical renactment but rather a fun filled commemorative event for the whole family to enjoy.)
A unique event honoring Perquimans County's early American Quaker heritage, this 4 day wagon train event recounts the Friends exodus from Perquimans County, NC to the free Northwest Territories.
So why did many Quakers leave
Among the earliest settlers of the Albemarle Region were Quakers Henry Phelps and Christopher Nicholson. The Royal Charter of the colony granted “freedom of conscience in all things religious”, and many who found religious persecution in
The basic tenets of Quaker faith and practice hold that all humans are equal in the eyes of God, and this led Friends to seek peaceful relation with the Native Americans they encountered in the
As more and more settlers moved into the colony, and the Anglican Church increased its presence, conflicts arose between Quakers and non-Quakers over the Quaker influence, and steps were taken to drive them from public office. Knowing the Quaker position against the swearing of oaths, in 1710 Governor Edward Hyde finally instituted a law requiring that oaths of loyalty to the crown be taken by all officials in the colonial government. This effectively ended direct Quaker involvement in government, but not in local life.
As the American colonies moved towards revolution and a fight for their freedom from the tyranny of an absentee government, Friends uneasiness with the institution of slavery grew stronger, leading locals such as Thomas Newby and others to begin attempts to free their own slaves. First bringing his concern to Perquimans Monthly Meeting in 1774, Newby and other Friends pondered the matter for three years. In 1777, Newby and ten other Quakers in Perquimans freed over forty slaves. This first endeavor ended in disaster as the freed slaves were captured by the Perquimans Sheriff and put up for re-sale into bondage. This only fueled the Quakers’ conviction that slavery was wrong and spurred them to find ways through and around the legal difficulties of freeing their slaves. The following year North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends prohibited the buying or selling of slaves by its members.
One solution was to remove the slaves bodily from the area, and by the late eighteenth century Friends had begun organized movement of slaves north to the New England states, East to African colonies such as
As the country moved towards Civil War and the final abolition of slavery, conflict by non-slave-owning Quakers and their slave holding neighbors increased. Two Friends meetinghouses in Perquimans burned almost simultaneously, possibly as a result of anti-abolitionist arson. With such a climate of antagonism, most Friends felt it best to seek a new life in the west, and the Great Migration began in earnest. Where the
Friends to Freedom Wagon train commemorates and honors this significant era in
Be a friend and be a part of our Perquimans heritage.
Detailed Overview UPDATED 1/29/11
Schedule UPDATED 1/12/11
Event flyer UPDATED 1/30/11
For spectators Wagon Route times
For Riders & Wagon driver
Registration & Liabilty Forms
Many Sponsorship Opportunities
$50 - $500 sponsorship available
More information UPDATE 1/29/11
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