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Useful Work: The Legacy of Hickory Nut Gap Farm at The Love House

  • Love House 410 E Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 United States (map)

Photos, food, and music this Friday!

Photographs by Ken Abbott

This summer, the Center is proud to feature "Useful Work," a remarkable collection of photographs from Sherrill's Inn and Hickory Nut Gap Farm by Ken Abbott. Located in Fairview, NC, the farm and inn were purchased in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure, a newlywed couple down from Illinois on their honeymoon. Jim and Elizabeth helped found the Farmers Federation, a cooperative organization to bring better agriculture to western North Carolina. Since then, the farm has been managed and worked by five generations of the family (which now includes Agers, Hamiltons, Clarkes, and others), producing grassfed beef, pasture-raised pork and poultry, and organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus. Family members also run an art, drama, and horseback riding camp during the summer, as well as Flying Cloud Farm, a nearby organic fruit, flower, and vegetable farm.

Join them at the Center for the opening reception this Friday, May 30th to view the photographs, to meet the families, to sample food from the farm, to hear oral histories from the SOHP's "Mountain Voices" collection, and to enjoy live mountain music from family members and friends.  

This exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Tom Kenan, a dear friend of the Clarke family who spent many memorable days at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

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