Carolina Caledonian Fest

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Oct 28-30, 2016

2016-10-28 12:00:00 2016-10-30 12:00:00 America/New_York Carolina Caledonian Fest

There are more people with Highland Scot ancestry in North Carolina than in Scotland. Scots are known for wandering and the Highlanders who settled the Cape Fear region were no different. They bravely left Scotland to create a new life in this country, but not without pain as they left their ancient homeland. And, it was with no small measure of sorrow they left their fathers’ graves behind.

With all due respect to Sir Walter Scott, the Carolina Caledonian Festival’s goal is not to recreate a place and time that never existed, nor to pretend that we are Gaels as our forefathers were Gaels. We will celebrate Celtic pride, relive a little history and pay homage to the Argyll Colony, the most significant group of Highlander emigrants in America. We will explore their origins and culture, the way they lived, and recall the bitter times that drove them here. Most importantly, we will celebrate their legacy. We hope our festival will inspire descendants of the Cape Fear Highlanders to use it as a place to hold family reunions. Eighteenth century heritage attire is not required but it will make the experience more fun. It is Samhainn/Halloween weekend after all.

Why Lu Mil Vineyard?

Bladen County, the “Mother County” began as Bladen Precinct in 1734, later renamed Bladen County in 1739. The county was named for Martin Bladen the Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantation.

Before the Scottish influx Bladen County’s population was comprised mostly of English and few Quakers. The towns of Campbellton and Cross Creek were formed following the Scottish incursion. In 1754 the two towns became a part of a new county called Cumberland in honor of the man (Duke of Cumberland) who led the English army at the Battle of Culloden and who ordered the cruel massacres of Highland Scots afterward.

In 1773 Elizabeth Town was created after previous attempts to establish a county seat in Bladen County had failed. By the start of the American Revolution Elizabethtown was the only significant town between Wilmington and Campbellton.

It’s only fitting that Bladen County play host to our festival and there’s not a nicer venue in the county than Lu Mil Vineyard. Located in Dublin just outside Elizabethtown, NC, Lu Mil Vineyard is a virtual paradise. It’s numerous fields full of lush Muscadine grapevines are situated among rolling hills covered by green lawns and beautiful pines. An altogether appropriate location for our festival.

More details: https://festivalrooster.com/festivals/carolina-caledonian-fest/
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There are more people with Highland Scot ancestry in North Carolina than in Scotland. Scots are known for wandering and the Highlanders who settled the Cape Fear region were no different. They bravely left Scotland to create a new life in this country, but not without pain as they left their ancient homeland. And, it was with no small measure of sorrow they left their fathers’ graves behind.

With all due respect to Sir Walter Scott, the Carolina Caledonian Festival’s goal is not to recreate a place and time that never existed, nor to pretend that we are Gaels as our forefathers were Gaels. We will celebrate Celtic pride, relive a little history and pay homage to the Argyll Colony, the most significant group of Highlander emigrants in America. We will explore their origins and culture, the way they lived, and recall the bitter times that drove them here. Most importantly, we will celebrate their legacy. We hope our festival will inspire descendants of the Cape Fear Highlanders to use it as a place to hold family reunions. Eighteenth century heritage attire is not required but it will make the experience more fun. It is Samhainn/Halloween weekend after all.

Why Lu Mil Vineyard?

Bladen County, the “Mother County” began as Bladen Precinct in 1734, later renamed Bladen County in 1739. The county was named for Martin Bladen the Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantation.

Before the Scottish influx Bladen County’s population was comprised mostly of English and few Quakers. The towns of Campbellton and Cross Creek were formed following the Scottish incursion. In 1754 the two towns became a part of a new county called Cumberland in honor of the man (Duke of Cumberland) who led the English army at the Battle of Culloden and who ordered the cruel massacres of Highland Scots afterward.

In 1773 Elizabeth Town was created after previous attempts to establish a county seat in Bladen County had failed. By the start of the American Revolution Elizabethtown was the only significant town between Wilmington and Campbellton.

It’s only fitting that Bladen County play host to our festival and there’s not a nicer venue in the county than Lu Mil Vineyard. Located in Dublin just outside Elizabethtown, NC, Lu Mil Vineyard is a virtual paradise. It’s numerous fields full of lush Muscadine grapevines are situated among rolling hills covered by green lawns and beautiful pines. An altogether appropriate location for our festival.

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