Taking a trip back to the World War II era

On this week's CTW...

GIHouse19-13.jpgSept. 18, 2013 — We went back in time to the G.I. Memorial House in Kannapolis. The house, which has since been turned into a museum, was built shortly after the end of World War II. These pre-fabricated homes were built to ease a shortage of housing for soldiers returning home from the war.
 
In 1946, about 100 homes were built by the Cannon Mills Company and rented to returning war veterans and mill employees. Most of these homes were moved after Cannon Mills was sold to David Murdock. The G.I. Memorial House was spared after a dedicated group of residents pooled their money together to save it.
 
The home has been restored and decorated in time period furniture. Several artifacts dating back to the 1940’s are on display. You can tour the museum on the first Sunday of each month, from May tGIHouse29-13.jpgo October, from 2-5 p.m.or make plans to schedule a tour. Tours are free of charge, but donations are accepted.
 
Aside from the house, you should also visit it for the stories. World War II Veteran, 91-year-old Norris Dearmon, may be one of the most popular tour guides at the G.I. Memorial House. He says although he never lived in one of these homes, he did work for Cannon Mills for several years after the war. Dearmon has been instrumental in making sure people in the area know about the G.I. House and the history behind World War II. Dearmon says aside from the personal tours, the house can be used for high school reunions and specialized tours.
 
To learn more about the home or to book a tour, call 704-933-9314.
 
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  • Safety Palooza, Concord Kmart parking lot, Sept. 21
  • Bridal Fair, Cabarrus Arena, Sept. 22
  • Auto Fair, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sept. 19-22
  • Rabies Clinic, Cabarrus Animal Shelter, Sept. 25
  • National Hunting & Fishing Day, Camp TN Spencer Park, Sept. 28
  • Hives and Honeybees, Frank Liske Park, Sept. 21
  • Friends Annual Book Sale, First Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Sept. 28
  • Wii Open Play, Concord Library, Sept. 28
  • Ancient Mysteries, Kannapolis Library, Sept. 26
  • Quilt Show, Cabarrus Arena, Oct. 4-5
  • Living Healthy With Diabetes, West Cabarrus YMCA, Sept. 18 – Oct 23
  • Market on Main, Harrisburg, Sept. 28
  • Farmers Market, Harrisburg, Sept. 30