Updated: Sunday, November 19
A short program featuring a ceremonial unearthing/opening of our time capsule placed in 1992, a local history lecture by area historian Michael Hudson, and presentation of a recognition letter and certificate from Congressman Tom Garrett was held November 5 at Town Hall.
Though turnout was low and the time capsule contents had serious water damage, we extend thanks to all who attended and/or participated in this conclusion of our Semicentennial event series. A few photos have been compiled into a slideshow for those interested (please allow time for images to load).
Above: (1) Semicentennial Committee Chair and Town “First Lady” Dixie Shelton Poindexter offers welcome and introductions; (2) Avoca Museum Director and Historian Michael Hudson presents a lecture on local history; (3) Attendees listen with curiosity as Hudson shares interesting insights; (4) With a portrait of our town’s namesake, Mr. John L. Hurt, Jr., hanging statuesque behind them, Mrs. Poindexter presents Mayor Gary Poindexter (l) and Vice-Mayor Norman Bivens (r) with a congratulatory letter and certificate from Congressman Tom Garrett in recognition of Hurt’s 50th year of incorporation as a town; (5) A time capsule buried behind the town hall building in 1992 is unearthed by Public Works Director Ed Hodges and Patrolman Jason Lovelace; (6) World War II Veteran Jack Shields, who served on the town’s 25th anniversary committee in 1992, stands attentively as town officials prepare to open the capsule; (7) Mayor Poindexter employs a hammer and chisel to unseal the box; (8) Everyone experiences disappointment as it quickly becomes evident that the contents, mostly papers and photos, have sustained major water damage and only a few will be salvageable.
A sampling from our Golden Anniversary festival September 23 (again, allow load time)…
Happy Birthday and Anniversary from Richmond!
Below: State Senator Frank Ruff (l) and Delegate Les Adams (r) present Mayor Gary Poindexter with a resolution from the General Assembly commending the Town of Hurt for its heritage and accomplishments over the last 50 years, and its forward-moving aspirations for the next. The resolution was presented at our Community Anniversary Reception on April 2 and will be displayed at Town Hall.
Photo courtesy of Ron Rowland
This year, we celebrated our Semicentennial! Since its incorporation in 1967, Hurt has been known and loved for its pleasant, family-friendly atmosphere and sense of community.
The Semicentennial Committee, composed of 7 citizens from diverse walks of life, was pleased to work with Town Council, Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Danville-Pittsylvania County Tourism, Pittsylvania County Historical Society, area business leaders, and the citizens of Hurt to make this year’s events meaningful to all who hold a special place in their hearts for Hurt, Virginia.
Appreciations to everyone who contributed to and/or participated in our Golden Anniversary commemorations. It was your involvement that translated ideas into reality.