Friday, April 16, 2010

Roark Family Info

Visit to Roark Cemetery

near Chris Taylor's house

in the afternoon

The Riverview Community Center (formally Riverview Elementary/High School) is located along the North Fork New River with a beautiful boardwalk right along the river with large grassy areas. The New River was designated as one of the 10 National Heritage Rivers in the nation.

The Center is located in the middle of ROARK Country. The Roarks were here before the American Revolution and many of them were involved in the battle of Kings Mountain. This battle destroyed Major Ferguson’s British Army, marking the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.

Many descendents of these valiant pioneers still live in the area today. Charles Roark came to this area mid to late 1700’s. He settled only a few miles away from the Community Center. The foundation of his original log home still remains on the original site located on Peak Mountain. The Charles B. Roark log cabin will be open for touring starting around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday June 24, 2007. While at the home you may get some history about who built the house and how it has been passed down through the Roark line to its present owner, Chris Taylor. From the house, some may want to hike the challenging way nearly 1/2 mile to the Roark Cemetery. The usual route will take you near the homeplace of Charles and Abigail Roark. Some steps and foundation are still visible. Bring a jug if you want to take home some fresh mountain spring water.

Roark descendants and allied families are invited to renew old friendships and gain new ones while participating in our reunion, auction, lunch and Roark Cabin Tour. In addition, our plans this year include a fun filled Roark Genealogy Family History Day in West Jefferson, NC at the Ashe County Public Library Heritage Room.

We suggest that reunion attendees visit the Heritage Room at the Ashe County Public Library in West Jefferson, NC on Saturday, June 27, 2009. This is an opportunity for fellow Roark Researchers to share with each other as well as to allow the Roark Family Association to continue the process of updating and adding current information to the collection of Roark Family Genealogy data published by our relative and expert researcher, Loveta Schweers in book and CD formats.

The Roark Recipe book with recipes furnished by many reunion members has
been published. It can be purchased at the reunion.

We will also have Roark reunion shirts and caps.

The Riverview Community Center is located at 11719 NC Hwy 88, Creston, NC.
From Jefferson, NC, it is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of
State Hwy. 88 and US 221. From Trade, TN, take TN Hwy 67 to NC Hwy 88 for
approximately 15 miles. Please contact us for a map or more details.

Please pass this information along to other interested Roark kin

and invite them to join us in keeping the Roark families alive

For more information,

please visit the Roark Family Reunion Website

located at:

or contact

Duard Walker, President

Linda Roark, Secretary

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