Ivey Ellington House

Ivey-Ellington Roof Undergoes Stabilization, Re-Painting to Original Colors

Cary, NC – Visitors to Chatham Street may notice a change to one of Downtown Cary’s most historic buildings as the Ivey-Ellington House’s roof has been stripped and re-painted as part of a stabilization effort by the Town of Cary. Read more

Cary History

Cary’s Heritage: World War II Wedding

Cary, NC – In 1947, American G.I. James Ellington brought his German war bride home to Raleigh. Here is an account of her life, told by her daughter, Charlott, in an oral history interview. In 2018, Charlott and her half-siblings published her mother’s memoir, called The Home of My Heart, which describes her harrowing experiences of survival from East Prussia throughout World War II. Her story is spell-binding. Read more

Cary’s Heritage: Cary High Class Trips

Cary, NC – For many years, near the end of the school year at Cary High, every graduating class was taken on a trip. Here are some fond memories of those trips by the students. Read more

Page-Walker

Page-Walker Celebrates 150 Years With New Displays, Exhibit

Cary, NC – Predating Cary’s incorporation, the Page-Walker Hotel (now the Page-Walker Arts & History Center) was a crucial part of the town’s origins. Cary is commemorating the building’s 150 years with Bygone Daze, including new displays in the center and celebrations from now to the end of 2018. Read more

Cary Mayor

Harold’s Blog: Historic Buildings, Business Growth and More

Cary, NC – This was a holiday week with Labor Day being celebrated on Monday.

Tuesday – Diwali Preparation

Tuesday I joined Mayor Pro-Tem Bush along with several choreographers in our first group dance lesson for Diwali. Hopefully it won’t take as long to learn those steps as it did to learn steps for my individual dance. Read more

Cary History

Cary’s Heritage: Gourd Society of America

Cary, NC – In 1937, Ms. Esther Ivey of Cary established the oldest chapter of the Gourd Society of America. It was probably the oldest society of its kind in the world. In a few years, members began to hold gourd festivals in Cary. The first ones took place in the school’s cannery, then in a dry cleaner’s, and then in a furniture store. Today, there are gourd societies in many states, including North Carolina. Read more

Cary History

Cary’s Heritage: Cary General Stores

Cary, NC – Cary may never have had a Mast General Store, but there were several mom and pop stores that operated for years in or near downtown. Read more

Cary YMCA

Cary’s Heritage: The YMCA

Cary, NC – Folks remember some of the history of building YMCAs in Cary. Read more

Cary History

Cary Residents Consider the Future of Historic Properties

Cary, NC – Cary’s history goes back hundreds of years and the town owns buildings and property from the early 20th and 19th Centuries that still stand. During May, local residents were asked to give their thoughts on what should be done with these pieces of Cary’s history. Read more

Cary History

Cary’s Heritage: From The Farm To The Big World

Cary, NC – Michael Edwards remembers his journey from the farm to the big world. Read more