FLORENCE – Zeta Phi Beta sorority members at Francis Marion University will host an open house in one of the hewn-timber houses on the campus, offering a “Glimpse Back in Time,” Thursday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The two hewn-timber houses preserved on the university’s campus date to about 1836 and are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The dwellings are on a tract of land donated to Francis Marion University as a permanent site for the houses and as a preserve for flora native to the Pee Dee region of the state.
Construction details of the homes, such as the full dovetailed corners, stands as a tribute to the skilled wood craftsmen who built the homes. The opened house will be furnished with articles routinely used in hewn-timber houses in the first part of this century.
The houses are located on Wallace Woods Road (Gate 6, from U.S. Highway 76) on the FMU campus and are dedicated to the recovery and preservation of the African-American heritage.
Fifteen sorority members have volunteered to tell the history of the houses and to interpret the artifacts kept in them.
The Zeta Phi Beta sorority is a worldwide organization for women based on “scholarship, community service, finer womanhood, and sisterly love.” The FMU chapter has about 30 members.
For more information about the open house, call Christena Geddis at 661-1781, or Ramonia Robinson at 661-4503.