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Information needed for Deltaville’s Centennial Celebration

Many plans were hatched at the last Deltaville Centennial meeting on Feb. 22. Interesting people and events from Deltaville’s past are in good supply, but folks are needed to gather stories, photos, and personal remembrances to put on display.

Paul Green has volunteered to come July 4th and talk about his boatbuilding career. He will bring a selection of the many models he has built since retiring from building the full-scale versions. Joyce, his wife, will bring old photos and news clippings for the backdrop. 

“If you are a boat builder or come from a boatbuilding family, please come in with information for this exhibit,” said an event spokesperson.

The Wright family has provided a preliminary genealogy of its family. A dream of the museum is to have records of all the boatbuilders and watermen keyed to their boats. “Won’t you help with this?” asked the spokesperson.

Local families such as the Ailsworths, Bristows, Crittendens, Deagles, Diggs, Doziers, Games, Hacketts, Harrows, Hurds, Jacksons, Kellys, Moores, Nortons, Prices, Ruarks, Wards and Whites are asked to share their stories. “Tell us about your family. Rumor has it that a Jackson held the first English land grant for the area that later became Deltaville. Truth or fiction?” said the spokesperson.

The entire floor of the DCA community center will be devoted to the celebration of Deltaville’s history. Many old-timers will be in attendance to tell their stories to visitors. Don’t let your family be overlooked in the exhibit.

The next Deltaville Centennial meeting will be Sunday, March 22, at the DCA community center at 2 p.m.

Every Sunday after March 22, the committee will be gathering information on Sundays at the Deltaville Maritime Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Call Raynell Smith at 815-3102 with questions or to volunteer.

posted 03.11.2009

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