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The town of Clover will continue its 125th anniversary celebration festivities this weekend with a local history tour by the Clover Woman’s Club, called “The Ghost of Clover’s Past.”
Club member Windy Bartee said the Little Blue Choo from Cherryville, N.C., will take participants in Sunday’s tour on a two-block ride to visit spots of historic significance for the town.
During the tour, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Bartee said, the Larne Building in downtown Clover “will be set up like a mini museum of Clover,” with items that represent Clover’s past. The history exhibit will probably remain for several days, she said.
Rob Pursley of Washington, D.C., who grew up in Clover, will serve as the tour guide, she said. Pursley conducted study of Clover’s original homes for a thesis several years ago, she said.
And Bartee said resident Margaret Ann Smith, who has compiled historical information about the town from her husband’s family and has written two books, has helped the club create the tour.
Bartee said the idea for such a tour came from the walking tours in Charleston. However, she noted that the club enlisted the Little Blue Choo to carry visitors so everyone can participate.
The town was founded on Dec. 24, 1887, around the site of a 5,000-gallon water tank built to support the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad. A town committee has since early last spring been planning a series of events that span a seven-month period to mark the anniversary.
Stops on “Ghosts of Clover’s Past,” Bartee said, include the site of the town’s first bank and the first house and school. Some of the buildings are no longer standing, she said, although some of the town’s first homes remain.
“We have some people who are willing to dress up in period clothing who will be walking around for a little more atmosphere,” Bartee said.
The special anniversary events also include a Clover history tour via a geocache, which began last month, organized by Clover teacher Kimberly Cauble and the York County Geocaching Organization.
Cauble said the Clover history geocache, which has 10 caches, has already attracted people from around the state and the region. “I’ve gotten lots of comments from folks talking about how they never knew Clover was such a cute little town,” she said of the geocachers.
The Clover history geocache, which is completed using a GPS and clues, leads people to various historic sites around town, she said. “One of my geocaches is actually a puzzle cache that requires people to go to five different places downtown before they actually find the geocache so they learn about some of the old buildings,” she said.
The first 200 geocachers to complete the tour will receive a free 125th anniversary commemorative coin. Visit www.geocaching.com for details. The event is organized by Kimberly Cauble and the York County Geocaching Organization.
Other events in the anniversary celebration include: