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 Jacob’s home.

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 565-0039.