Cowan Museum of History and Science

Cowan Museum of History and Science The Cowan Museum of History and Science is housed within the Kelly-Farrior House (ca.1848) and has an adjacent historical park and botanical garden.
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Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the following is effective September 8, 2020:


1. Up to 10 visitors may be in the main building at a time.


2. Face masks are mandatory.


3. All tours are self-guided during the COVID-19 pandemic.


4. No public restrooms are available at this time. The Duplin County Social Media Policy may be viewed at:
http://www.duplincountync.com/wp-content/uploads/Duplin-County-Social-Media-Policy.pdf

Operating as usual

04/01/2021

We will be closed tomorrow, April 2, 2021, for Good Friday, but will be open on Saturday.

03/24/2021

Hello, everyone - Beginning the week of March 22, 2021, our wheelchair access ramp will be rebuilt, so access to the Kelly-Farrior House for people not able to use stairs will not be available until the beginning of April 2021. For the time being, please use our front entrance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thanks to the person or persons who made a recent donation to our Little Free Library. We keep the library clean, so on ...
03/02/2021

Thanks to the person or persons who made a recent donation to our Little Free Library. We keep the library clean, so on a nice, warm day, grab a book and do a little reading in our garden.

Last year (has it really been a year?), we posted about this 1918 letter to Duplin County residents regarding the Spanis...
03/02/2021

Last year (has it really been a year?), we posted about this 1918 letter to Duplin County residents regarding the Spanish Flu. We now have a Spanish translation of the letter done by our new Museum Assistant, Jennifer Ramirez, that we wanted to share with you (the English version is also below):

Warsaw NC Octubre 17, 1918

Debido a la epidemia de influenza que ahora se está extendiendo en nuestro condado la sección de la cruz roja del condado y los miembros del servicio de extensión estacionados en el condado de Duplin le están enviando esta carta y les insisten a todos a que lo lean detenidamente.


Los médicos son escasos y siguiendo estas sencillas sugerencias dadas por las autoridads sanitarias estatales, puede salvar su propia vida y de los demás.


Primero- Si Esta Bien Evite las multitudes. No use una taza o tela común para beber. Ni siquiera de miembros de su propia familia. Haga gárgaras en su gargana con agua con sal y escúrala por la nariz varias veces al dia. Mantenga vaselina en sus fosas nasales. Esto atrapará a los gérmenes antes de que vayan más legos. Siempre tosa, estornude o escua es su pañuelo cubriéndose la nariz y la boca. Si cuida a los enfermos use una gasa o una tela sobre la boca y la nariz. Lávese las manos con una solución al uno por ciento de ácido carbólico. Manténgase bien y evite la faitga excessiva. El aire fresco tanto para los enfermos como para los sanos, de noche y de dia, es absolutamente necesario. Los doctores ahora colocan a los enfermos en los porches y los mantienen al sol y al aire libre todo el dia. La tasa de mortalidad de los pacientes que se someten a este tratamiento se ha reducido al 15 por ciento frete al 42 por ciento que se tratan adentro. NO HAGA VISITAS INNCESARIAS.

SI ESTA ENFERMO VAYA A LA CAMA DE INMEDIATO. LLame a un médico, si no puede conseguir uno tome un purgante. Tome limonada caliente y un baño de pies calliente para inducir sudor. El mejor tratamiento possible es irse a la cama tan pronto como empiece a sentirse mal y quedese alli. Si se desarolla fiebre permanezca en cama por lo menos cuatro dias despúes de que la fiebre lo deje o hasta que un médico o enfermera le indique lo contrario. El descudio y la falta de descanso en cama el timpo suficiente es la causa de muchas recaidas y muertes.


Se debe injerir alimentos nutritivos cada dos horas. Mientras este en dieta liquida el paciente debe recibir un poco de alminetos nutritivos cada dos horas para mantener la fuerza. La comida nutritiva es una de las mejore medicinas. A continuación les damos recetas para preparar alimentos nutritivos para los enfermos.



Mantenga a sus hijos en casa. Asegúrege de que los niños se queden en casa donde puedan ser observados de cerca. No les permita que juegen con los niños del vecion o otras personas especialmente si la influenza está cerca.

Al observa esas sensillas precauciones podemos hacer mucho para ayudar a librar al condado de la influenza.

Firmado:

W.O. Singletary, Treas. Capítulo de la Cruz Roja

Miss Lucy M. Cobb

F.G. Tarbox,

Fuerza de extensión agricola en el condado de Duplin

COMIDA PARA LOS ENFERMOS

Aquí hay algunas recetas de alimentos nutritivos para quienes padecen de la influenza.

Avena

Mezcle dos cucharadas de avena, media cucharada de azucar, y una cucharada de sal. Eche esto lentamente en medio litro de agua hirviendo. Cocine en una cacerola por trienta minutos o preferiblemente en baño maria durante dos horas. Luego cuele y añada una taza de leche y lleve a punto de hervir.

Engrudo de Galletas

Mezcle dos cucharadas de migajas de galleta con media cucharada de sal y media cucharada de azucár. Vacie esto sobre una taza de agua hirviendo lento durante dos minutos.

Caldo de Pollo

Cortar un pollo (que se haya limpiado adecuadamente) en trozos pequeños; agregue un litro o un litro y medio de agua fría, según el tamaño de el pollo. Deje reposar durante una hora y cocine a fuego lento durante dos horas. Luego hierva un poco durante una hora. Cuele, quite la grasa y condimentar al gusto.


Gachas de huevo.

Huevos, 1; leche caliente (no hirviendo), 1 taza; azúcar, 1 cucharadita; nuez moscada o jugo de limón para darle sabor.Mientras se calienta la leche, bata la yema del huevo hasta que se espese y de color claro, la clara hasta que esté rígida. Añada a la yema los demás ingredientes en el siguiente orden: azúcar, leche, clara batida, aroma. Servir caliente en un vaso en un plato cubierto con un mantel.


Rompope

Huevos, 1; azúcar, 2 cucharaditas; nuez moscada; jugo de limón, 1½ cucharada de vino 1 o 2 cucharadas, o brandy, 1 cucharadita. Batir la yema hasta que esté bien espumosa, agregar los demás ingredientes. Puede omitirse la nuez moscada.


Albúmina de limón.

Cuando los enfermos no pueden digerir nada más, a veces pueden tomar albúmina de limón. Hielo bien partido; mezclar con el azúcar al gusto del paciente y la clara de un huevo. Deje que el paciente coma esto con una cuchara.O haga una limonada caliente (si su médico dice que no se puede tomar nada frío), endulce al gusto y agregue la clara de un huevo.


Leche Albumenizada.

Ponga la clara de un huevo y media taza de leche en un frasco de vidrio, cubra bien y agite hasta que esté bien mezclado.


Jugo de res.

(Una forma de preparación).

Use media libra de la ronda superior de carne cortada de tres cuartos de pulgada. Deje reposar un tazón pequeño en una olla con agua hirviendo hasta que esté completamente caliente; luego ponga la carne en un tazón, dejando primero un lado y luego el otro al lado del tazón. Cuando el calor lo haya blanqueado, córtelo en trozos pequeños y exprímalos unos pocos a la vez, en una prensa para carne o exprimidor de limón. Si el paciente se opone al color, sírvale el té de ternera en un vaso rojo, si tiene uno.

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Warsaw, N.C. Oct. 17, 1918
To the people of Duplin County:
Because of the epidemic of influenza now spreading in our county, the County Red Cross Chapter, and the members of the Agricultural Extension service stationed in Duplin county, are sending to you this letter, and all are urged to read it carefully.
Doctors are scarce, and by following these simple suggestions as given by the State Health Authorities, you may save your own life as well as others.
FIRST – IF WELL – AVOID CROWDS. Do not use a common drinking cup, towel or wash cloth, even of members of your own family. Gargle your throat with salt water, and snuff it up your nose several times a day. Keep Vaseline up your nostrils. This will catch the germs before they go farther. Always cough, sneeze, or spit in your handkerchief, covering both your nose and mouth. If you care for the sick, wear a piece of gauze, or cloth, over your mouth and nose. Wash your hands in a one per cent solution of carbolic acid. Keep well, and avoid over fatigue. Fresh air for both sick and well night and day is absolutely necessary. Doctors are now placing the sick out on porches, and keeping them in the sunshine and fresh air all day. The death rate of patients undergoing this treatment has been reduced to 15 per cent as against 42 per cent when treated indoors. DO NOT MAKE ANY UNNECESSARY VISITS.
IF SICK, GO TO BED AT ONCE. Call a doctor. If you cannot get one, take a purgative. Take hot lemonade, and a hot foot bath, to induce perspiration. The best treatment possible is to go to bed as soon as you begin to feel badly, and stay there. If fever develops, stay in bed at least four days after fever leaves you, or until otherwise advised by a doctor or nurse. Carelessness and failure to stay in bed long enough, is the cause of many relapses and deaths.
NOURISHING FOOD SHOULD BE TAKEN EVERY TWO HOURS. While on liquid diet the patient should be given a little nourishing food every two hours in order to keep up the strength. Nourishing food is one of the very best medicines. Below are some recipes for preparing nourishing food for those who are sick.
KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME. See that the children stay home, where they can be closely watched. Do not allow them to play with the neighbor’s children or others, especially if the influenza is near.
By observing these simple precautions, we can do a great deal to help rid the county of the INFLUENZA.

Signed: W.O. Singletary, Treas. Red Cross Chapter. Miss Lucy M. Cobb
F.G. Tarbox,
Agricultural Extension Force in Duplin County

FOOD FOR THE SICK

Here are a few recipes for nourishing food for those who are suffering with influenza.

Oatmeal Gruel.
Mix two tablespoonfuls of oatmeal, half a teaspoonful of sugar, and a saltspoonful of salt. Pour this slowly into a pint of boiling water; cook in a saucepan for thirty minutes, or, preferably, in a double boiler for two hours. Strain, add a cup of milk and bring to boiling point.

Cracker Gruel.
Mix two tablespoonfuls of cracker crumbs with a half saltspoonful of salt, and a half teaspoonful of sugar. Pour over this a cup of boiling water. Add one cup of milk and simmer for two minutes.

Chicken Broth.
Cut up a fowl (which has been properly cleaned) into small pieces; add a quart or a quart and a half of cold water, according to the size of the fowl. Let stand for one hour and simmer for two hours. Then boil slightly for one hour. Strain it, remove the fat, and flavor to taste.

Egg Gruel.
Eggs, 1; hot milk (not scalded), 1 cupful; sugar, 1 teaspoonful; nutmeg or lemon juice to flavor.
While the milk heats, beat the yolk of the egg until thick and light colored, the white until stiff. Stir into the yolk the other ingredients in the following order: sugar, milk, beaten white, flavoring. Serve hot in a glass on a plate covered with a doily.

Eggnog.
Eggs, 1; sugar, 2 teaspoonfuls; nutmeg; lemon juice, 1½ tablespoonfuls, or wine 1 or 2 tablespoonfuls, or brandy, 1 teaspoonful. Beat the yolk until thoroughly foamy, stir in the other ingredients. Nutmeg may be omitted.

Lemon Albumen.
When the sick can digest nothing else, they can sometimes take lemon albumen. Crack ice fine; mix with it sugar to suit patient, and the white of an egg. Let the patient eat this with a spoon.
Or, make a hot lemonade (if your physician says that nothing cold can be taken), sweeten to taste, and stir in the white of an egg.

Albumenized Milk.
Put the white of an egg and half cupful of milk into a glass jar, cover tightly, and shake until well mixed.

Beef Juice.
(One way of preparing.)
Use a half pound of the top round of beef cut three-fourths of an inch thick. Let a small bowl stand in a pan of boiling water until thoroughly heated; then put beef in bowl, letting first one side, then the other lie next to the bowl. When the heat has whitened it, cut it into small pieces, and squeeze these a few at a time, in a meat press, or lemon squeezer. If the patient objects to the color serve the beef tea in a red glass if you have one.

The warm weather is waking up the daffodils in front of our log cabin.
02/24/2021

The warm weather is waking up the daffodils in front of our log cabin.

Do you want to buy a local gift for your Valentine?  We have you covered!  Suggested donations for items: Comfy baseball...
02/10/2021

Do you want to buy a local gift for your Valentine? We have you covered! Suggested donations for items:
Comfy baseball Tee: $10
Mug: $20
Bag: $20
Hat: $10

Fantastic Fish and where to find them!  If you're an angler, check out this extensive research project about North Carol...
01/27/2021

Fantastic Fish and where to find them! If you're an angler, check out this extensive research project about North Carolina's fresh water fish and where they live. The Cape Fear is listed in the Piedmont section if you're interested in that river first, like I was. Happy fishing!

Help NCMNS celebrate a very important freshwater fish atlas update, 30 years in the making! 🐟 In 1991, Dr. Edward Menhinick published "The Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina," a state-specific checklist and identification tool for the special species who call the rivers and streams of North Carolina home.

Since its publication, Menhinick's work remains widely-used because a comprehensive update had not been produced — until now, that is!

Check it out: http://bit.ly/FreshwaterAtlas

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Photographed here is Gabriela Hogue, the Museum's Collection Manager for Ichthyology.

She collaborated with Bryn Tracy (retired Aquatic Biologist from the NC Dept of Environmental Quality's NC Division of Water Resources) and Fred Rhode (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce "An Annotated Atlas of the Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina."

The atlas contains detailed information about the 257 species of freshwater fish currently found in our state!

The over 276,000 records are already in use by researchers determining the imperilment status of certain species. In addition, the annotated atlas will support future taxonomic and zoogeographic studies.

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5 Highlights from the Research:

🐟 - Two species have been formally described and added: The Blue Ridge Sculpin (Cottus caeruleomentum) and Sickle Darter (Percina williamsi).

🐟 - Almost 30% (78 species) of North Carolina's freshwater fish fauna are federally or state listed as endangered, threatened, of special concern or significantly rare.

🐟 - The most widely distributed species, found in all 21 river basins, are: Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio), Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas), Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus), Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides).

🐟 - 17 species have been either reintroduced, rediscovered or discovered for the first time in North Carolina since Menhinick's 1991 publication.

🐟 - English Explorer John Lawson published the first checklist of North Carolina's freshwater fishes in 1709.

Dive into the entire Annotated Atlas of the Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina and check it out for yourself here: http://bit.ly/FreshwaterAtlas

01/26/2021

Today, Jan. 26th, the museum will open at 1:00 p.m.

How do you keep warm during the colder months?  Quilts were such an important part of rural living.  Not only were they ...
01/04/2021

How do you keep warm during the colder months?

Quilts were such an important part of rural living. Not only were they an essential item, but they offered women of the home an opportunity to express themselves creatively, when there wasn't much time or opportunity. Quilts were a practical project that quiltmakers could be proud of, providing a functional item their family needed, sometimes for more than one generation. Some patterns are more intricate and some more simple, but showcase how resourceful the quiltmaker could be, like the patchwork quilt that we have featured. Most quilts have three layers, the top, the batting or filling (usually cotton) and then the backing.

If the quilts were not enough for warmth, there were bedwarmers. You'd put hot coals inside the warmer, then place the warmer underneath the bedcovers to make sure you had a nice warm bed to crawl into. Maybe not the safest way, but it certainly got the job done! Personally I'm thankful for today's safe and simple electric blankets!

Tonight is the night!
12/21/2020

Tonight is the night!

Happy #WinterSolstice ❄️☀️.

Don’t forget that we are hosting a FREE virtual skywatching event tonight at 6 p.m. with Raleigh Astronomy Club to watch the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.

What other way is there to celebrate the longest night of the year, than to witness the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been in the sky since 1623?

Register, and let’s witness history together: https://moreheadplanetarium.org/jupiter-saturn-conjunction/

📸NASA/ Bill Ingalls

12/09/2020

Due to a water outage, the museum will have to close today, 12/9, at 1:00 p.m. We plan to reopen tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Here is a flyer from our fellow department, Duplin County Animal Services.
12/08/2020

Here is a flyer from our fellow department, Duplin County Animal Services.

Is the pandemic getting to you? Parents, do you need to get the kids out of the house for a short, no-cost outing? Offic...
12/05/2020

Is the pandemic getting to you? Parents, do you need to get the kids out of the house for a short, no-cost outing? Office, retail, and essential workers, do you need a calm, peaceful place to go during lunch time to eat your take-out or bag lunch? The Cowan Museum of History and Science invites everyone to come stroll around the botanical garden, sit on a bench or “toad stool,” and listen to the wind chimes. It’s free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You could get a book from the Little Free Library by the museum porch and read while sitting in the garden.

Or, you may want to walk around the grounds after work, when it starts to get dark, and see the holiday lights while sipping a hot cocoa (from McDonalds across the street).

The Cowan Museum of History and Science is located in the heart of Kenansville between Liberty Hall and Kenan Park’s tennis courts on Main Street. You can park in the lot shared by Liberty Hall and the museum. Pass the kitchen garden and enter the Joann Cowan Brown Botanical Garden between the old general store and the museum. You can also see exhibits inside Cowan Museum for free, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public restrooms are not currently available and COVID-19 restrictions apply. Please see cowanmuseum.org, call 910-296-2149, or see posters on the door for COVID-19 restrictions. You may also want to visit Liberty Hall next door. Check libertyhallnc.org or call 910-296-2175 for admission prices and other information.

Address

411 S. Main Street
Kenansville, NC
28349

General information

Dear Friends, Due to COVID-19, the Cowan Museum of History and Science will suspend its operations to the public starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and remain closed until further notice. Please stay safe and be well. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free * Donations are appreciated * Free parking * Disabled access

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(910) 296-2149

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The Cowan Museum of History and Science is housed within the Kelly-Farrior House (ca. 1848) and has an adjacent historical park with 6 buildings, which include a log cabin, general store, and a tobacco barn. Also on the grounds is a botanical garden with over 90 species of native plants that make up pollinator gardens, a wet meadow garden, Longleaf Pine upland garden, and a Bald Cypress wetland garden.

Objects on display show an assortment of woodworking tools, gardening tools, agricultural implements, items used in a variety of crafts and trades, medical devices, many household artifacts, and an impressive collection of rocks and minerals.

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Knife made in Kenansville NC on antiques roadshow this week.
Good afternoon!!
I just wanted say thank you for putting on todays event. I enjoyed the museum and the different buildings on the grounds. I look forward to future events there.
We pass through Kenansville a lot in our travels and the last few times I had hoped to stop and go through your museum. Unfortunately, you were not open, even though your hours say you are open on Tuesdays, the day I was there. Are your posted times incorrect? Your facility looks interesting, but my family can't get in to tour it!