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2024 Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous (SEPR)
May 17-24, 2024
297 Reavis Rd.
Yadkinville NC 27055
Booshway - to be determined
A grand social event for all, “rendezvous” was the only time during the year when old friends could meet and learn of events “back in the settlements”, swap tales of their high adventures, and competitively test their frontier skills. As you stroll around the grounds, you will see glimpses of life as it was lived in the mountains during those glorious times and may even hear bagpipes and other music. At any given rendezvous you will see individuals dressed from formal colonial wear to full Native American regalia. Attending a Rendezvous is a very pleasant way to spend one's vacation since modern intrusions are not to be seen or heard!
The NRLHF Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous is a celebration of the 1830’s Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Rendezvous and the earlier trade fairs, when hunters, trappers, Native Americans, and fur company dealers met in the wilderness to exchange furs for manufactured goods from the East. The 2024 event will be held in Yadkinville, NC located at the intersection of Highway 421 and Highway 601 in Yadkin County. The County is named for the Yadkin River; which forms the northern and eastern boundaries of the county. In January 28, 1851, an act was passed to establish a county seat for Yadkin County. A 50-acre tract located at the center of the County was selected as the site of the new town. Originally the town was to be named Wilson, however after discovering another town with the name the decision was made to name the town Yadkinville.
Yadkinville and Yadkin County were originally farming communities with flue-cured tobacco as the major cash crop. By 1881 there were seventeen plug tobacco factories in operation in Yadkin County.
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