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, 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, NC – Folks remember some of the history of building YMCAs in Cary. Read more
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, NC – Michael Edwards remembers his journey from the farm to the big world. Read more
Cary, NC – To celebrate the 150th year of the Page-Walker Hotel, a new tour is teaching people the history of Downtown Cary, all from the ease and comfort of a trolley car. Read more
Cary, NC – Cary women remember doing chores in the early days.
Mary Belle Phillips
For laundry, my daddy built a washhouse behind our house. First, you had to draw water from the well into two tubs and heat it up. Then you scrubbed the clothes on a washboard, then boiled them, then rinsed them, then you’d wring them out by hand before hanging them on a clothesline to dry. Read more
Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries turns 50 this year. Over those decades, it has maintained a core of committed volunteers while expanding and adapting its services. Read more
Cary, NC – Cary folks remember Rachel and Rufus “Dad” Dunham.
As a child, I attended Cary High School and boarded at the Page-Walker Hotel. I graduated in 1924, then had a year of teacher training. I taught school in Goldsboro for two years, and then came back to Cary in 1927 to teach at Cary High. Read more
Cary, NC – The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, which was the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide, which was about one-third of the planet’s population. The total death toll is estimated at 20 million to 50 million victims worldwide, however, other estimates run as high as 100 million victims. These two Cary women were alive during the epidemic and shared their memories during oral history interviews. Read more