Yanceyville offers a lot to see on the second Saturday in June
On Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., downtown Yanceyville will come alive as a collaboration of local organizations, merchants and the City of Yanceyville join forces to have their attractions open to the public on same day and same time. This historic and picturesque downtown has plenty to see, all within walking distance, including the Lee Fowlkes Gallery, the Richmond-Miles History Museum, the Maud Gatewood Art Museum, the Yanceyville Arboretum and the newly created veterans memorial.
Stop by the Caswell Arts Council’s Lee Fowlkes Gallery at 125 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the opening of their latest exhibition, “Cultural Connections,” and meet exhibiting artists Pinkie Strother and Stroria Strother-Davis from 12 noon. at 14h. Pinkie creates unique dioramas and paintings that tell the story of an African American child growing up in rural Maryland at the height of the Civil Rights Era. His work has been on display at the North Carolina History Museum as well as at the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Charlotte. Stroria creates eclectic and whimsical art that inspires thought while teaching, hosting workshops, and exhibiting across North Carolina and Maryland.
Also in the heart of downtown is the Richmond-Miles History Museum, housed in the childhood home of famous Yanceyville artist Maud Gatewood at 15 Main St. In her former bedroom you can see works of the local artist, including his latest work of art. . Other rooms in the museum contain artefacts reflecting the depth and breadth of Caswell County history. These include relics owned and used by historic residents, Native American tools and arrowheads, as well as uniforms and related items from the various wars in which the men and women of Caswell County served. Thomas Day furniture and attorney’s chairs from the historic Caswell County Courthouse, which is directly opposite the museum, are on display.
From here it’s a short walk to the Maud Gatewood Art Museum at 158 E. Church St., which features other works by famous Yanceyville artist Maud Gatewood, as well as a variety of local and regional artists from fame. Gatewood is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century in North Carolina. Her paintings are in the collections of the Hunter Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Much of the art on display is from Maud Gatewood’s personal collection, including works from other favorites like Ivy Hayes, Sayed Rawi, Yancey Smith, Shirley Cadmus and Russel Watlington, to name a few .
Just behind the historic courthouse in downtown plaza, nature lovers are invited to stroll through the Yanceyville Arboretum, made up of two acres of diverse native plantations that emphasize the sustainability of the wildlife. A half-mile paved path guides visitors to the Poteat School House, a former one-room schoolhouse that has been moved and restored, and the former Caswell County Jail. The path winds through the characteristic gardens of the arboretum; a butterfly garden, an evergreen garden and a young pine forest. There are benches placed everywhere and a rustic shelter to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Other attractions include the newly created Veterans Memorial, the historic Caswell County Courthouse, shopping at Caswell Mercantile, and take-out lunch at Evelyn’s. Those interested in more information can contact the Caswell Council for the Arts at (336) 694-4474 or the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce at 336.694.6106, or visit www.CaswellArts.org.