Burwell School Historic Site, at 319 N. Churton Street, in Hillsborough’s historic district, is free to visit during its year-round opening hours:
- Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
During open hours, please knock on the door or call 919-732-7451 to be let in. Only one group, of a maximum of 6 people, can visit at a time. Masks are required.
The Burwell Academy for Young Ladies was one of the state’s earliest schools for girls. The site today includes the Burwell residence (ca. 1821, 1848), the original brick classroom building of Robert and Margaret Anna Burwell’s school (ca.1837- 1857), and a rare brick “necessary house” (ca. 1837).
Here’s one free upcoming event:
Poetry reading with Florence Nash and Paul Jones
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
Free (register by following above link)
Location: Outdoors at the Burwell School Historic Site (319 N Churton St in Hillsborough)
In case of rain this event will be held at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church (210 St Marys Rd in Hillsborough)
In the 1840s, Rev. Robert Burwell joined some other worthies in town and proposed the Hillsborough Literary Association, to elevate the level of conversation in Hillsborough. We don’t know to what degree they succeeded, but the literary tradition was revived around the turn of the 21st century at the Burwell School, and every spring we gather to enlighten ourselves.
This year our poets are both native Tarheels and local poets. Paul Jones wrote his first poem at age 11 and now has poems on the moon, literally. Florence Nash saw no reason to take her own writing or poems seriously until she happened to attend a poetry reading by Hillsborough’s own Frances Mayes (author of Under the Tuscan Sun and many other books, and at the time a professor and Director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State) and recognized a connection to that voice and her Southern roots. She signed up for a poetry workshop with Frances and began to think of herself as a poet. In 2000, Vanderbilt University named her one of the ten best emerging poets in the New South.
These two poets have a number of things in common – their wit, their ability to delight, and a direct connection to their readers and listeners that can pierce your heart. “A poem is a message in a bottle”, as Florence says. This will be an informal event open to questions and comments afterwards.
Please Note: All guests are required to wear masks to attend.
This program will be recorded and posted online on Burwell’s YouTube page & website so that anyone can view this program at any time.
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