Month: August 2011

Ode to Big Hill — a poem

Aug. 3, 2011 This is another post from a long-ago Facebook discussion. Topic: Big Hill Delete Topic|Reply to Topic Displaying all 7 posts. HistoricSouthNorfolk.com Submitted by Houston White…Friday, Dec. 18th, 2009 Here’s a poem that my Brother Nick White wrote Christmas 1983 and will bring back memories or a simpler time in South Norfolk. Christmas Mission It was miles and miles from our house, and the cold December chill. Cut through our clothes and pinked our cheeks On our mission to Big Hill For that day we’d been appointed with our… special Christmas task. To supply the fir and pine boughs For which our Mom had asked. To be placed around the mantle with a special loving care, To tell all those who entered That our Christmas joy was there. And, oh, how sweet the fragrance that our decorations bore! It was just a simple foretaste Of the holidays in store. And now within my mind’s eye my remembrances fill, And I journey back to bygone days, And our mission to Big Hill. over a year ago · Delete Post HistoricSouthNorfolk.com Saturday following Darlene Sibley posted Just curious, is Big Hill an actual place? I love writing poems when I have the time. Thank you for sharing. over a year ago · Delete Post HistoricSouthNorfolk.com Houston replied…. Yes, “Big Hill” is / was the area where the old Oscar...

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Big Hill Cemetery

Aug. 1, 2011 This is a transcription of a Facebook discussion from years ago. It is shared here for posterity. Big Hill Cemetery CURRITUCK COUNTY, NC – CEMETERIES – Big Hill Cemetery  This cemetery was located in a section remembered as “Big Hill.” It seems that the tombstones were often used as hitching posts as this was a favored place to picnic and the boy scouts camped in the area in the early 1900’s.  In 1955 when Rodgers Street was extended the remains were boxed and moved toward the back of the property between Oscar F. Smith High School and the stadium. A single stone was erected which indicates it was one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and “Interments were from 1731 – 1859” (????).[the question marks beside the date were put there by Beth…I think she was calling into question that one of those buried there died in1876. ~V~]  Those who were known to have been buried in the Massenburg Cemetery were:  1. John Whiddow B: 19 Sep 1730 D: 14 Apr 1796 Age 65 yrs. 5 mos. 3 days 2. Elizabeth Whiddon D: 1767 “Wife of John Whiddon” 3. Mary Whiddon D: 13 Jan 1818 “Who departed this life – age 78” 4. Abigail Whiddon D: 1774 “age 13 months” 5. Joshua Corprew Whiddon B: 1775 “age 13 months” 6. Thomas W. Gatewood B: 1758...

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