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Elizabethtown is set to celebrate the second 50-year segment of its 250th anniversary Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market.

The Civil War Era from 1824 through 1873 will be the focus of the second segment of the yearlong celebration. Saturday’s events will feature demonstrations and presentations on Naval stores, river transportation, major landowners, quilting and the Underground Railroad. The Rusty Dusty String Band will perform bluegrass music.

The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be on site.

The Civil War Era activities will begin at 9 a.m. with Naval store and quilt displays. There will be stories about Naval stores, land ownership, the underground railroad and transportation along the Cape Fear River from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The Rusty Dusty String Band will perform from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Rusty Dusty Spring Band

The town’s 250th anniversary celebration began in March with Founders Day, recognizing the 1773 to 1824 time period and the Revolutionary War.

Other events during the anniversary celebration include:

• July 8 – Agriculture is King (1874-1923). The importance of agriculture to the area, transportation on the Cape Fear River and the impact of World War I will be featured.

• Sept. 23 – Homecoming Weekend (1924-73). It will focus on our emerging industry and leaders.

• Nov. 3-4 – Modern Times (1974-2023) during the Pork ‘n Beats Festival

Events are centered at the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Vendor applications and sponsorship opportunities can be found at https://elizabethtownnc.org/visitors/250th_celebration/

For more information, contact Elizabethtown Director of Communications & Marketing Terri Dennison at 910-862-4368.

Celebrating the 250 years of the Town of Elizabethtown

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