First Posted: 11/26/2009
ROCKFORD This Sunday at 4 p.m., the Rockford Preservation Society will hold its first planning meeting for the Rockford Families Reunion Weekend.
The meeting will be held at the societys Rockford Methodist Church, circa 1914, in historic Rockford. The purpose of the meeting is to create leadership and support teams to plan and organize the upcoming Rockford Reunion scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5, 2010.
Descendants of Rockford families who are interested in participating in the planning and development of next years reunion weekend as team leaders or volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend. They do not have to be members of the Rockford Preservation Society.
We just want folks to come out. We want them to be able to keep their family members posted, said Hannah Holyfield, president of the society.
The meeting will focus on identifying members of Rockford families who are willing to help facilitate their familys participation in the three-day event.
Holyfield said that the list of families who contributed to the development and ongoing life of Surry Countys historic Rockford is long. Thousands of descendants now live around Rockford, Surry County, and the North Carolina Triad area, with others dispersed throughout many regions of the United States and Canada.
Many people may not even realize that they had ancestors who lived in Rockford. Society members are encouraging families to come if they have relatives who live in Rockford now or lived there any number of years ago.
The society is working with the Surry County Genealogical Society to research the names of Rockford families for the reunion.
The goal of the Nov. 29 meeting is to find local volunteers who will represent their family, then meetings will be held every six weeks or so.
Registration for the Rockford Families Reunion Weekend will begin the first of the year. More detailed information will be available at that time on rememberrockford.com. There people can register for the reunion weekend.
So far, the society has tentative plans for the reunion, but they are looking for more input. We have several ideas, and were hoping at the meeting people will come up with even better ideas or things we havent thought of, said Holyfield.
The society is planning to have reenactors of the Revolutionary War and Civil War at the reunion, because Rockford had a connection with both conflicts. A knife swap and quilting bee are also planned.
Friday night of the reunion may feature a special outdoor program explaining the history of Rockford and the efforts of the Rockford Preservation Society. Remember Rockford tee shirts may be for sale.
One big part of the reunion is to get people in touch with their family history. The society plans to hand out maps of local cemeteries so people can look for their ancestors graves. There could also be a picture and artifacts swap and share, where several scanners and printers will be set up for people to get copies of family pictures. There will also be displays of different family trees set up.
Throughout the day on Saturday there will be shuttles to nearby locations of interest, scheduled speakers, food, vendors, and tours of the York Tavern and Masonic Lodge that are currently undergoing renovation.
Therell be plenty of things for them to see, Holyfield remarked.
The reunion will probably end on Sunday with a worship service at Rockford Methodist Church.
If the reunion goes well, the society plans to have another one a few years later. Holyfield is hoping for 200 to 300 people to attend.
She said, The purpose of this reunion is to get people interested in where theyre from … and our projects and what weve accomplished.
Anyone with questions concerning the Nov. 29 planning meeting or reunion can call Holyfield at 374-3825.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.