JONESVILLE — In spite of a low turn out, there was still excitement at the Yadkin Valley History Center where the Jonesville Historical Society held an Old Fashioned Christmas Open House Sunday.
Disappointed in the number of visitors, president of the historical society, Becky Wood, was grateful for those who did attend.
“[It was] not as good as I liked, but we’ve had some new visitors,” said Wood.
One of those visitors was a part of the display.
“He was a member of the old Jonesville School and some of his pictures were back there and he didn’t realize they were back there,” said Wood, who said visitors also were impressed by the veterans wall.
“They were very impressed with how many old veterans pictures we have that they knew,” said Wood.
“I thought it was interesting about Jonesville School and the veterans and all the fire department stuff,” said visitor Annie Vance, “because it’s such a wonderful thing.
“A lot of people don’t realize especially with the veterans stuff we wouldn’t have the freedoms today if all those people hadn’t given just like they’re still giving today,” said Vance.
“That’s my thing. A lot of that gets lost and people just assume that’s something that you’re supposed to have.”
Vance, who attended with her husband and son, was impressed with the people as much as the history.
“We’re going to bring my mother-in-law to come do the tour, because I sat down and got to talking to the ladies and missed it,” said Vance, who plans to join the society.
“You have to have history,” said Vance, “to have the present, you have to have the past, in my opinion.”
Wood was excited about the new member but hopes others, both citizens of Jonesville and the greater community, will come visit the Yadkin Valley History Center.
“There’s a whole town of Jonesville. I’d like them to come to see what it’s all about,” said Wood, who hopes a new idea will encourage more visitors as well as such activities as Bingo in the spring and the Jonesville Jubilee, which takes place every summer.
“We’re talking about having classes here on different things like painting and knitting and cake decorating and things like that. Each of us has a craft and we would like to share that with some people,” said Wood, “and if they come down here, maybe they would be interested in coming to the center and help us out.”
For more information about classes or how to become a member, call Becky Wood at 336-244-5064.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.