T.R. Historical Society News Briefs
- Saturday, 21 May 2011
By Contributing Columnist Dot Bishop, president of the T.R. Historical Society:
The Pine Top Revival Band
On Tuesday evening, all those that attended the Travelers Rest Historical Society meeting held at City Hall were treated to a special performance by the The Pine Top Revival Band.
The band, consisting of Dan Wood, Dawn and Steve Cantrell, and Josh Johnson, entertained the crowd with their music, which is often referred to as “old-time” and pre-dates bluegrass by as many as 200 years. Mostly, it's the music you would have heard around northern Greenville County as early as when the first settlers arrived up until the time the boys came back from the War Between the States.
In addition to playing, the band talked about the music of this area, how musical instruments became available here, and the influence of radio on the kind of music that folk enjoyed.
As Dan said during his narration, “We’re serious musicians, we’re not just four pretty faces sitting up here!”
We’ll definitely hear more from this newly formed band in the days to come!
New Board Members
Two new members have been elected to the historical society board: Joel Burgess and Ben Cunningham. Both men have been very active in the museum building project.
High School Football Players Volunteer
Members of the Travelers Rest High School football team players cleaned over 200 bricks from the old high school on Monday afternoon. Their work brought the total number of cleaned brick to over 5,200, and work will begin soon on the facade of the new museum building.
(Editor's Note: Read the full story and view photos of the football team here.)
Dicey Langston Statue
At the conclusion of the Historical Society meeting, Sculptor Doug Young displayed the prototype of a statue of Dicey Langston Springfield, Travelers Rest’s Revolutionary War heroine. When completed, the life size statue will stand in Travelers Rest. Descendants of the Springfields, members of DAR, and SAR have begun to collect funds for this important addition to Travelers Rest. Mr. Young is the artist who made the Shoeless Joe Jackson statue in downtown Greenville.