Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rassie Everton Wicker

As you can imagine...I'm very interested in the history of our little cottage.  The Given Memorial Library and Tuft's Archives in Pinehurst will able me to research more. Until we get back to Pinehurst again...I'll have to depend on google. I did know that our cottage was built by a man named Rassie Wicker in 1919. He named the cottage 'Merimack Cottage.' The following is about the man who built and lived in our little cottage. Taken from the Moore County, North Carolina, General Website.
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WICKERfleur2.gif (263 bytes)Noted Historian
Writer and Engineer

Rassie Everton Wicker was born March 6, 1892 near Cameron and died October 16, 1972. He spent most of his life in Moore County.
He attended school at Cameron and later secured admission to the Agricultural & Mechanical College in Raleigh, now N.C. State University through comprehensive examination and graduated in 1919 with a degree in civil engineering. He later became a certified civil engineer under the "grandfather clause", and served as engineer for Pinehurst, Inc. until his retirement. Rassie Wicker was mostly self-taught, beginning with teaching himself to read from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. He was a true scholar, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He seemingly recorded to memory all that he read and learned, for he could answer most any question put to him. His interest and abilities were many and varied. He was a master craftsman who produced many beautiful pieces of furniture. He was a mechanical and architectural engineer as well as a civil one; a student of math and science, music, astronomy, horticulture and botany. His interests even extended to the art of weaving, resulting in his building a four-harness loom on which he wove a coverlet of ancient design. Bee-keeping and orchid-raising were among his many hobbies. But, he was perhaps best known as a writer and historian. He supplied much of the information used by Blackwell Robinson in his, A History of Moore County, 1747-1847; and then, in 1969, he typed his own, Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Moore County, NC, a 570-page (legal size) book, now in its third printing. He was also recognized as being instrumental in locating (in 1953) the American home site of the Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald, on Cheek’s Creek in Anson (now Montgomery) County. For his contribution to the preservation of Moore County history, he was awarded the Kiwanis, "Builders Cup", in 1971, and is to be included in William Powell’s, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.. Rassie Wicker was an honest, gentle, soft-spoken man, who met everyone on the same level, whether rich or poor, black or white, and he had many friends of varied backgrounds and conditions. He was a great story-teller, possessed of the dry wit for which many Wickers have been known.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Taking Shape

We've been going back and forth with he architect. This is the plan we've come up with for the renovation of the cottage. The original house is high lighted with marker. Until we retire in this house it will be our vacation home and a vacation rental. We would love to do the whole addition at this time but it's up in the air for the moment. We're debating whether to do the whole renovation minus the master suite. When it's time to retire we could then add the master suite. I'll keep you posted. Big negotiations going on here this week but we're progressing. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Hello friends!  It's been a while since my last giveaway.  I'm giving away 5 vintage Christmas houses with 4 vintage bottle brush trees.  All you have to do to enter is follow me on this blog and then go over and follow me at Pinehurst Cottage .  If you're a follower already say that you're already a follower.  I'll announce the winner on 11/25/12.  I hope you like this giveaway and good luck!
I'll be linking to Vintage Thingy Thursday hosted by Colorado Lady



Friday, November 9, 2012

Pinehurst Video Tour

You've been hearing a lot about Pinehurst so I thought I'd give you a tour.  Please sit back, relax and enjoy your visit.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Pinehurst Bound

I told you in the last post that we put an offer on the cottage. It's official. We reached an agreement with the owners! I guess you can say we are now Pinehurst bound. I look forward to showing you the plans we have been working on with the architect and the contractors.
Below are a few pics of the outside of the cottage and some more inside pictures.
Come visit me at Pinehurst Cottage and come with us on our journey in renovating our vacation cottage.  I'd love to get your input!