ROCKFORD —Drama, history and family are set to return to the historic Village of Rockford when the Fifth Annual Remember Rockford Families Reunion gets under way on Sept. 6 and 7.
The event is open to the public.
“Descendants of Rockford continue to come for the opportunity to visit the place their ancestors lived. Folks continue to come each year to enjoy the fellowship with other family members, and the chance to learn something new about their history and to see the progress we, the Rockford Preservation Society, with their support, are making with the historic buildings,” said Rockford Preservation Society spokesperson Hannah Holyfield. “
Holyfield said the society encourages the general public as well as the descendants of Rockford to come to the event as both learn more about the history of the area.
Rockford, the county seat of Surry County in the early decades of its existence, has been the object of ongoing restoration efforts by the Rockford Preservation Society Inc. The organization helped establish the village on the National Register of Historic Places with other projects including renovating and opening the 1914 Rockford Methodist Church, the 1850 Dudley Glass Store community arts and crafts gallery and the 1900 Rockford Post office as a gallery.
The two-day goal, according to the society, is so descendants of Rockford may experience the place of their heritage. Saturday’s events are slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Rockford Cemetery with a drama entitled, “Written in Stone.”
The NoneSuch Playmakers Theatre group, led by Brack and Angela Llewellyn, will portray early Rockford residents and community leaders. Characters will include Mark and Nancy York, Charles B. and Mollie Davis, William Yancey and Paulina Davenport, John and Delania Burrus, William and Letitia Norman, and William Polk and Mary Dobson.
“This is a great opportunity for our drama team to study the lives of some of Surry County’s earliest inhabitants and to learn more about Rockford’s interesting history. We are very excited about this event,” said Brack Llewellyn.
He said he and others involved in the drama are in the process of collecting information from descendants and other sources on important persons in Rockford’s past. Lewellyn said one unusual challenge for creating the drama is creating characters of person who may never have been interviewed or seen by any of the audience. He appeared hopeful that if all goes well the drama would become an annual event.
The reunion activities will continue with a BBQ lunch, bluegrass music by Eric Marshall and his son, tours of the historic buildings and sharing of family and local history. The BBQ lunch is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
On Sept. 7 a worship service celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rockford Methodist Church will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a covered dish meal on the church grounds with any local denominations welcome to participate. Covered dish participants are encouraged to bring a favorite dish and join the Southern tradition.
Attendees are reminded to bring a chair and their family histories. Interested person may go to the web site www.rememberrockford.com to register online or to find a registration form to mail to the Rockford Preservation Society, Inc, or email Hannah Holyfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons may also call 336-374-3825 for information.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.