, 2014

LocalLife Ball’s Neck
history talk set March 23

by June Hudnall Turnage

The history of Ball’s Neck, Northumberland County, will be presented at a “Country Talk and Walk” by June Hudnall Turnage at 9:30 a.m. March 23 at Shiloh School.

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The event is sponsored by Northumberland Preservation Inc. (NPI) and is repeated again this year by popular demand, according to immediate past president Susan Cockrell.

Turnage, newly elected president, is well-acquainted with the Ball’s Neck neighborhood. As a “born here,” she spent her early childhood at Harding’s Wharf, and after a nursing career, she retired to Dividing Creek. 

Her talk will recount the history of the area, including the importance of school in the lives of earlier residents. The group will carpool and walk to Hurstville where the foundations and chimney date between 1651 and 1683.  The restored house has spectacular views of the bay and neighboring Salt Pond where salt vats only recently have disappeared beneath the waves. The salt industry dates back to the 18th century.

Ball Cemetery, with revolutionary period, as well as recent graves, also will be visited.  It is across the road from Shiloh School. The event will conclude by noon.

The public is invited. Dress for the weather, rain or shine.

Directions: From Route 200, turn onto Shiloh School Road and continue to the end of the road.

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