Thursday, August 13, 2009

Scotland County Highland Games

In 1899, Scotland County, North Carolina was formed from Richmond County. The earliest settlers of the area were mainly comprised of Highland Scots by 1729. They came up from the Cape Fear River through Wilmington, NC, and the Pee Dee River from South Carolina.

The Scotch Fair Highland Games that has traditionally taken place in Scotland County, is changing to Scotland County Highland Games. This year the games are scheduled to take place October 2-4, 2009 at the John Blue House in Laurinburg, NC. It's a beautiful historic home that has been restored and is surrounded by a rich history of Scottish descendants and other antebellum homes, and a pre-Civil War cotton gin (believed to be the oldest in existence). The John Blue House is known as the "Riverboat on Land".

Those interested as participating vendors, or athletic contenders may contact Bill Caudill at the Scottish Heritage Center of St. Andrews College at 910-277-5236.

Be sure to mark your calendar as the Scotland County Highland Games are slated to be a great October event!
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