Not long ago, a few of us who live in rural Nash County were running our mouths about a little bit of everything like we like to do. and we happened to discover that we share a few common beliefs about the study and preservation of local history. For example, we believe that the histories of place and of people are inseparable, and that neither can really be experienced without considering the other. We believe that the experiences of all people are equally important – from the person whose name is on the building to the person who dug the dirt that made the brick that went into that building’s foundation. And we believe that knowledge and legends and stories and research and tales are all over this county, in the hearts and minds and books and boxes of people who live here, have lived here, used to live here, or even just know of people who used to lived here….and we really, really, really want to hear it all.
So we decided to form this here group called the Rural Nash Historical Society and invite anyone with an interest in the history of rural Nash County to join us. Here is what we aim to do:
Discover, collect, interpret, analyze, preserve, and share the history and stories of the people of rural Nash County and their neighbors.
To achieve its mission, the Society will:
Collaborate and engage with other historical organizations in our region, recognizing that before 1777, our local history was also the history of Edgecombe, Halifax, Franklin, Bertie, and Chowan Counties and that rural and urban histories are interdependent and cannot be understood separately from each other.
Support the integration of the studies of genealogy and local history, recognizing that the study of each enhances the understanding of the other, and that the stories of places and people are intimately connected.
Pursue the inclusion of the history of all peoples of Nash County into its ongoing narrative of rural Nash County history by maintaining a supportive, collaborative, and respectful environment where anyone can pursue their particular areas of interest and share their knowledge and information with the support and encouragement of other members regardless of education level, experience, or age.
Uphold the standards of historical and genealogical research by educating and assisting its members in the application of those standards, while also honoring and sharing the legends, stories, and tales that have been passed down among generations.
Engage and educate the public around our local history, heritage, and resources.
We are just getting everything up and running, dreaming dreams and making plans for how RNHS will serve the communities of rural Nash. We hope that you will enjoy the fruits of our labor as much as we enjoy the labor itself.