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'Washington in North Carolina'

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'Washington in North Carolina'

Warren Bingham delivers this month's Third Thursday lecture for BRAHM, presenting 'George Washington Really Did Sleep in North Carolina: The Presidential Tour of 1791.'

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The Fourth of July might be over, but the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will be continuing the patriotic theme for this month's Third Thursday event.

Warren L. Bingham will present "George Washington Really Did Sleep in North Carolina: The Presidential Tour of 1791" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 , in the BRAHM office in Blowing Rock.

Two years after being elected as the young country's first president, Washington set out on a tour of the Southeast, which took him through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

He traveled south through the eastern part of North Carolina, including Halifax, New Bern and Wilmington. On his return trip, he visited the western part of the state, stopping in Charlotte, Salisbury and Salem.

Bingham will revisit the purpose of Washington's southern tour and give background information on the first president's character, as well North Carolina and the South after the Revolutionary War.

Bingham is a popular speaker, having made nearly 300 presentations to groups across the state.

While his primary career was in financial services, he has continued his work as an historian He has been published in a variety of newspapers, journals and reference books, and he is currently wrapping up a book manuscript on Washington's tour.

The BRAHM Third Thursday Speakers Series begins at 4 p.m. in the museum's office in the Martin House on Main Street. A reception will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served. Admission is free but space is limited.

For more information, contact the museum at (828) 295-9099 or email (

The mission of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is to promote the visual arts, history and heritage of the mountains through educational programs, exhibitions and significant permanent collections.

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