On the evening of Thursday, November 12, the Camp Blount Historic Site Association met at the Fayetteville municipal building for their annual meeting. Topics of discussion included progress being made in the further development of the Camp Blount Site, an update on the Greer and Petty Cabins, and the dedication of the First Volunteer statue that took place in early October.
The meeting opened with a welcoming from Dr. Farris Beasley and proceeded through a reading of the minutes by Mr. Joe Smith.
Following these procedures, the substance of the meeting then began with a Treasurer’s report delivered by Ben Beddingfield, who explained to the Association that the most significant outstanding expense of the previous year is the money put down for the construction of the First Volunteer Statue. With this expense noted, Beddingfield assured those present that the money spent on the statue will be shortly reimbursed, situating the Association well on the financial front.
Gloria Meadows then delivered the Member Report, whose key update was that Charter Membership is now available through December 31, 2020. Charter Memberships can be obtained from either Meadows herself or from Randy Delap, as demand has recently been quite high.
City Administrator Scott Collins was then recognized to speak by Dr. Farris Beasley. Prior to taking the floor, Collins was spoken of kindly by Dr. Beasley, who said that the Association “wouldn’t be here without him,” referring to the recent accomplishments at the Camp Blount site. Collins then provided some updates on said site, noting that the City is moving forward with the development of the Phase 2 Greenway. As has been noted in previous articles, the site has been subject to a number of archeology reports, but the fourth such report should have been completed last week, making way for further progress in the area.
Colin Wakefield then provided an update on the cabins to be included at the Camp Blount site. As for the Green Cabin, which is the longer-held of the two, its logs are currently being kept on-site after some deliberation on storing logistics. The specifics of the second cabin’s future is unclear; however, the Petty family, who donated the structure, were present and were thanked for their contribution. What is clear is that the cabin will eventually be included in the Camp Blount project and the site will only continue to grow more inclusive of historical artifacts.