Meet President Washington and Capt. Jack Sept. 6-7 in Charlotte

September 1, 2013 

Staff reports

The Charlotte Museum of History and Central Piedmont Community College present “A Trifling Place: A Conversation with President George Washington and Captain James Jack” and Patriot Day Celebration Sept. 6-7.

On Friday, Sept. 6, President Washington – portrayed by Kevin Grantz, nationally-known speaker and actor – and Capt. James Jack – portrayed by Dr. Tony Zeiss of Lake Wylie, historian and president of Central Piedmont Community College – will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tate Hall on CPCC campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., for a conversation about events in Charlotte leading up to the American Revolution and the Battle of Charlotte. This is a lively, informative conversation. Capt. Jack carried the Mecklenburg declaration documents to the Continental Congress in 1775.

Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased by calling 704-968-5343 or by mailing a completed order form available online at

On Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Patriot Day Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. The event is free and open to the public. This i a community-wide celebration to welcome President George Washington on his tour to greet citizens of the new nation.

Inside the museum building there will be crafts in the Creativity Room, a Revolutionary War campsite, the gift shop and self-guided tours of the museum galleries.

On the grounds, visitors can explore the American Freedom Bell, Backcountry Patriot statue, colonial games, the colonial herb garden, the kitchen, the springhouse, and tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander House. The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley will demonstrate 18th-century foodways.

During the day, President Washington will ring the American Freedom Bell, dedicate a tree to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and dedicate a desk donated by the family of Betty Nisbet, an Alexander descendant and volunteer who has been instrumental in the preservation of the home site.

Music will be provided the Charlotte Folk Society, who will hold their annual Old-Time Music Jam & Ice Cream Social. The music jam will include open old-time, Celtic and bluegrass sessions. Visitors also may enjoy a song circle, storytelling and a clogging demonstration.

There will be free ice cream for all attendees, as long as supplies last.

For museum information, call 704-968-6174.

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