On Saturday, March 16, Cooleemee will host a community Bar-B-Que starting at noon on the Zachary House grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee.
No one is claiming that Carolina’s BBQ tradition came from Ireland, but it is definitely a local favorite. No better can be found this month than at the Shamrock Bar-B-Que event in Cooleemee.
Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a little early ~ wear something green and come to the Zachary House Grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee. Wind permitting, there will be a kite flying contest at 1 pm (bring your own or buy one there).
Grill Master Walter Ferrell will once again stay up the night before roasting and smoking Boston Butts. Last year, in a short hour and a half, all the meat was gone. More is being ordered for this year.
Support all 3 Heritage Museums in Davie County
Proceeds from all that eating go to keep Cooleemee’s three heritage museums open. In a town of less than a thousand souls, this history-minded town operates the Textile Heritage Center Museum, the Mill House Museum and also has the claim for North Carolina’s smallest museum, the Fire Fighters Museum.
“These museums are memorials to our ancestors, witnesses to their story and testaments to their way of life,” says Tony Steele who is president of the Cooleemee Historical Association. “We have also made them into living legacy classrooms for our local school children,” he added.
For $2.50 one can purchase a BBQ sandwich. For $6 a BBQ plate is available with slaw, hush puppies and a drink. You can order a whole Boston Butt for $30 if you call (336) 284-6040 before 5 pm on Wednesday, March 13th.
Cooleemee’s museums are visited by over four thousand people each year, drawing a wide range of visitors from Maine to Florida to California. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm. To schedule a group tour please call at least two weeks in advance.
Photo Caption: At Cooleemee’s Mill House Museum visitors are taken back to the early 1930s life of a mill hand’s family. Although one could “keep time” by the mill whistle’s blasts, mill workers had enough weekly pay to afford pocket watches and clocks. Authentic local artifacts make up 97% of the items displayed inside the 1903-built mill house. Photo by K.C. Smith