Edenton, North Carolina, celebrates its 300th birthday this year. As part of the ongoing festivities, the 300th Committee is hosting a symposium on beloved North Carolina author and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Inglis Fletcher.
The symposim will be held Friday, March 1, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at 1767 Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton.
From the press release:
Colonial North Carolinaâ€™s rich history is woven into the historical novels of Inglis Fletcher. Her storiesÂ immerse the reader in the events, landscapes, cultures and personalities of this era. Her collected works,Â papers and memorabilia, archived in the library collection of East Carolina University, will be used toÂ explore and appreciate the interplay of history, research and fiction. She had already published twoÂ successful novels by 1934, when a search for information about her Tyrell County ancestors piqued herÂ interest in North Carolina’s early years. She spent the next six years researching, writing, and editingÂ Raleigh’s Eden, an historical novel about Albemarle plantation families from 1765 to 1782. Between itsÂ publication in 1942 and 1964, she produced an additional eleven novels which eventually became knownÂ as the Carolina Series, covering two hundred years of North Carolina history from 1585 to 1789.
The day will include opening remarks from Dr. Benjamin F. Speller and Sally Frances Keyhayes; a talk by East Carolina University associate professor Alex Albright and ECU professor Maurice C. York; and the opening of the Inglis Fletcher exhibit mounted by the Edenton Woman’s Club at the Barker House.
The cost is $25 ($12 for students). On-site registration will be $30. More infomration is available here.