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Deltaville Centennial deadline approaches

June 26 will be the last day that materials can be accepted for the July 4th Heritage Day exhibit. After that day new material will be collected, but may not be in the exhibit. Anything to be displayed should be left at Nauti Nell’s during business hours Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Centennial Committee needs old photos and information about a number of subjects. Specifically, they are looking for the photo of Delta Academy that appeared in the new version of “Portrait of Deltaville.” Also, they need a head-on photo of the Unionville School with the bell tower showing. The old bell is being returned to the Deltaville Community Center to be on permanent display and the committee would like a picture showing where the bell originally hung.

Any old photos of the Village Stop N Shop, Zoar Baptist Church, or Clarksbury Methodist Church are needed. Old photos of any Deltaville subject are of interest. Stories about the old days will also be printed out and on display.

The Heritage Day exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. All old-timers are cordially invited to attend and tell about life in Deltaville. That day volunteers will be in the community center with pads and pens in hand to record new information about Deltaville’s past. All the information will be passed on to Larry Chowning for the book he is writing about the history of Middlesex County. 

The Deltaville Maritime Museum also will archive all the photos and documents received for this event. The exhibit will be open the following week Monday through Saturday, July 6-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so everyone will have an opportunity to see the photos and memorabilia.

The Centennial Envelope, an envelope printed especially for the 4th of July celebration, with a pictorial cancellation and a photo stamp of a Deltaville deadrise, will be on sale for $5 until all the envelopes have been sold. After August 3, the cancellation will no longer be available.

For more information, call Raynell Smith at 804-815-3102.

posted 06.17.2009

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