2003 National Allison Family Reunion
A wandering old English family celebrates 345 years in America!
Weekend of October 18
Brevard, North Carolina
Main events Brevard College campus
An annual event of the National Allison (Allanson) Family Association
Founded Brevard, October 19, 1996
A celebration of history and heritage featuring for 2003 a special event -- the 345th Anniversary Heritage Hoedown! Commemorating the founding of the family in the New World by Londoner Thomas Allanson/Allison, Lord of Christian Temple Manor (1639-1684), a Gentleman of London, England and Charles County, Maryland.
Events begin Friday October 17 and continue through the evening of Saturday, October 18
Note: this announcement will be updated over the coming months as planning continues. At this early date, only a small portion of the exciting plans are finalized. Much more to come!
Special historical exhibits depisting American pioneer family life by our special reunion event partners:
Mountain Heritage Center
Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association
Mountain Gateway Museum
Historic Johnson Farm
Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society
and others to be announced
Friday, October 17 evening events include:
Welcome party with after dinner dessert party
Family history seminar and workshop
Saturday, October 18 daytime events include:
Elaborate main events with live heritage entertainment
Historical displays presenting the last 502 years of documented Allison family history
Pioneer life heritage exhibits
Special VIP guest of honor and keynote speaker to be announced closer to date
Special guests Michael Bates, OBE, Her Majesty's Consul General, and the Honorable Leon Jones, Principal Chief, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, and others
Memorial service with pipe and drum concert
Saturday evening events include:
345th anniversary Heritage Hoedown
Pig Pickin' (pig roast) dinner dance -- a fully catered feast!)and an evening full of entertainment and dancing the night away
Heritage entertainment presented by
Hogtown Squealers, western North Carolina premiere old-time string band
Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers, an exciting, fast-paced show by the leading mountain dance troop of western North Carolina
Pipelli Pipe Band
Vocalist Jacolyn Campbell
And much, much more!
Note: The reunion is a private event of the National Allison (Allanson) Family Association, produced by the dues-paying members of the organization, but all Allison family members from all lines of the family, regardless of surname today, are cordially invited to attend as guests of the association. Guests are invited to attend all reunion events except for the family history seminars and workshops that are limited to current association members only.
IMPORTANT: Attendance at all reunion events is strictly by advance reservation with advance meal payment.
The reunion is drawn from all lines and branches of the family, esepcially the huge western North Carolina lines that were originally founded in Burke County, in the area that is today Old Fort in McDowell County. From the area of Old Fort the family quickly migrated into most of the western counties of the state.
For more information about the association and the reunion please contact me direct.
Michael Allison, President
National Allison (Allanson) Family Association
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