Perquimans County Restoration Association, Inc.

PCRA News

Though not open to tours except by request, winter is not a full shut down for Perquimans County Restoration Association, PCRA. Building has been on going with the addition of the tractor shed behind the visitor Center soon to be completed with doors. Also the final residing of the rear of the Center has been contracted. This has been a long and expensive process but only part of what needs to be done to create a museum worth of the home of Abraham Sanders, built in 1730.

January and February have passed but the dance goes on.. Two of the three lesson sessions in Early Dance have been held with one more to be held on March 31 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Newbold-White House Visitor's Center. Music is provided by Julie Phelps' Period Chamber group. Lessons by Colleen Brown. About 25 people attended and learned several 17 and 18th Century dances.

March 2 PCRA held its Annual Members meeting. It is our time to bid adieu to retiring Board members and welcome new ones. Our Speaker is Reid Thomas from NC State Historic Commission . He will speak on "Heritage at Work for All Generations". We also will have a presentation of the new and improved perquimansrestoratio.org website. Steve Burket, a local resident, has helped PCRA into the 21st Century with his patience and perseverance. Over the past two and a half months, he spent several hours meeting with the committee, Brenda Hollowell-White and myself to renew information and help us create a secure on-line presence. There are still some glitches with Google purging old links but they will be resolved in the coming weeks so bear with us. Details of up coming events can be seen on the Calendar page of the new site.

March 16 from 2-4pm, PCRA will hold its Volunteer Reception. Light refreshments will be served. This is a thank you to all past and present volunteers who help to keep the site open to the nearly 1,300 visitors each year. It is also to welcome any new volunteers and explain what we do on site both during open and closed hours all year long. John Ernst, Vice president, Rose Burrafato, volunteer coordinator, and others will be there to lead the event.

March 30 from 5-7 pm PCRA will host a free Wine and Cheese event to welcome the Grand Opening of Olde Albemarle, North Carolina's 350th exhibit to the Newblod-White House Visitor Center. The Exhibit has traveled through out the region in 2018 and 2019 to commemorate the 350th year since the first official settlement of the region. Come see and share with us the history of the Perquimans County and the Albemarle Region.

Site will reopen April 4, 2019, 10 am - 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday. Volunteers are needed. Contact Rose Burrafato, 252-426-1644.

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