History Musem to honor Kings during celebration

By Chase Jordan

June 11, 2014

Through its mission to promote history, a local museum has played a big part in preserving the heritage of Sampson County.

And a lot of that work was done by David and Jeannie King.

“They made the museum what it is today,” said Janna Bass, executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

The couple will be honored by the museum board during the Sampson County History Museum Appreciation Day, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at 313 Lisbon St.

A dedication program for the Kings and sponsors is set for 11:30 p.m.

“We're excited about it,” Bass said about honoring the couple.

David King is one of the founders of the museum and served as its president up until March 31. Wife Jeannie was the director and retired in March.

“We want to thank them for everything they put into the museum,” Bass said about the Kings and the event to be held in their honor. “It has been their heart and soul for the past 17 years. It has been their baby.”

The special occasion will include live music, food vendors and tours of the museum.

“It's going to be a fun festive day as we celebrate David and Jeannie King,” Bass said.

Bass said the event will also feature the announcing of upcoming projects for the museum.

She encourages everybody to come out to the museum, regardless if they've been there before or not.

“The museum is one of the top tourist attractions in Sampson County,” Bass said. “In the past few months, I've learned a lot about the history and heritage of Sampson County. I think it's always great to go back to our roots and learn from the past to see how things have progressed to the future.”

Bass believes the museum is great at showcasing Sampson County's history and attracts people from all over the state.

“It's a great draw for Sampson County,” Bass said.

Some of the features of the ever-popular museum include historic homes built in the 1700s. One labeled “The Cabin Museum” was built in 1770 by English immigrant Austin Beasley. According to the organization's website, the cabin originally located east of Turkey, has ties to British General Lord Cornwallis.

Museum-goers will also find other historic memorabilia, including a century camera made by the Eastern Kodak Company and Civil War items.

For more information, contact the museum at 910-590-0007 or the chamber, 910-592-6177.

Chase Jordan can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext.136. Follow us on Twitter@SampsonInd.