Last week’s Living History
Weekend at the Shook House featuring Civil War reenactors from
across the region was a resounding success.
Between 600 and 700 visitors
watched the artillery demonstrations that occurred at various
times throughout both days, and no doubt, visitors and residents
within miles of the Shook House heard the big gun called "Satan"
when fired. Infantry drills were conducted throughout both days,
with, thanks to ongoing conscription, visitor participation.
Reenactors from the 22nd
North Carolina Regiment, the 25th North Carolina
Regiment, the 2nd NC/US Mounted Infantry, and
Culpepper’s North Carolina Artillery provided a realistic
glimpse into the world of the Civil War soldier living the harsh
life during war years.
The Capt. Julius Welch group of
the Sons of Confederate Veterans helped visitors research their
Civil War ancestors, provided service records and helpful hints
to further research.
The staff and volunteers of the
Shook Museum offered guided tours of the Shook House all day
Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In addition to tours, volunteers
served grilled hot dogs, slices of watermelon and lemonade.
On Sunday morning, numerous
reenactors attended a worship service held in the chapel on the
third floor of the Shook House. The service was conducted by
Reverend Larry Wilson, Minister of Hazelwood Presbyterian
Church. It was inspiring to sit among the congregants and
remember that 200 years ago this very room served the same
purpose that people of faith gathered together to worship and
give thanks for their many blessings.
The shook House is recognized as
the oldest frame structure in North Carolina west of the Blue
Ridge. This historic home was built in two separate periods of
our history – circa 1800 and later in the 1890s.
The Shook House is closely
associated with the Methodist Church. Jacob Shook built the
house with a chapel on the third floor – this chapel was a place
of worship for the few settlers in the area prior to churches
being established on the frontier. The church’s first American
Bishop, Francis Asbury, recorded in his journal his trip to
The Shook House is located at the
western entrance of the town of Clyde, at the corner of Carolina
Boulevard (Business 19-23) and Morgan Street. For more
information on the Shook House and upcoming events call