Thursday, February 16, 2017
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
In February our thoughts turn to the father of our country and what better way to celebrate than for Warren Bingham, a writer, speaker and broadcaster with a deep interest in Southern history and lore, to share with us his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.
The book explores why President George Washington, in his third year of serving as the highest elected official of a new country, decided to undertake a tour of the Southern states. The journey was difficult. It began in the then capital of Philadelphia, passed through seven states and the future Washington DC although the focus was on Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. The president kept a rigorous schedule, enduring rugged roads and hazardous water crossings. His highly anticipated arrival at each destination was a community celebration with countless teas, parades, dinners and dances. This tour was George Washington’s only visit to North Carolina except for a brief period in the 1760s when, as a land speculator and surveyor, he explored some of the Great Dismal Swamp.
Warren Bingham graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in U.S. History and later received a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. His interest in George Washington goes back many years and has been the topic of his writing and speaking for some time. He has recently been the keynote speaker at meetings of the Wachovia Historical Society, The Society of the Cincinnati, the Jamestowne Society, and a number of others.