The Chapel Hill Historical Society’s program for February will take place this Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 at the Historical Society. The Historical Society invites you to see Ernest Dollar present “The History of the Strayhorn House.” A reception will follow.
The Strayhorn house on Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro has been in the same family for at least six generations. Efforts to preserve the structure have begun by the Preservation Society, with some funding from the Town of Carrboro and others. The home is currently owned by a great-granddaughter and is occupied by fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of Toney and Nellie Strayhorn descendants. Toney and Nellie constructed the first part of this structure shortly after the end of the Civil War. Presenter Ernest Dollar began working in historic sites in 1993 after completing his B.A. in History and B.F. A. in Design from UNC Greensboro. He has worked in several historic parks in both North and South Carolina. In 2006, he completed his M.A. in Public History from N.C. State and is currently the Executive Director of the City of Raleigh Museum. In addition, he serves as the president of the Historic Stagville Foundation and Federation of North Carolina Historic Societies.
The Historical Society is located on the ground floor of 523 East Franklin Street. Parking is available behind the building as well as across Franklin Street in a university parking lot by UNC Press. The programs are free to attend, but becoming a member of the Historical Society or making a donation will continue to allow the Society to host such programs about the history of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities.