Camporetto to clarify the history of the wayward cannonball at Live@Lanier

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017

Learn how it can be said that the first cannonball fired toward Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, landed in Columbus, N.C. Hear the revelation of the moonshine sibling. Discover the facts in the case of Sherlock’s pipe. Wonder about the travels of the coxe coach, circa 1925. Try to solve the mystery of the giant padlock, 2016.

In this next Live@Lanier program, Tuesday, Jan. 17 at noon, share the enthusiasm for the history and heritage of where we live with George Camporetto, curator of the Polk County Historical Association Museum in Columbus, N.C.

“Do you know about the madstone and snake bite?” asks Camporetto with a smile. “Or the true crime story of Tryon’s twisted sign?” 

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This photo-rich program will be about 50 minutes of “edutainment.”

Live@Lanier takes place at Lanier Library, 72 Chestnut St. in Tryon. Visit for more information about the event.

For more information about the museum, visit 60 Walker St., Columbus, call 828-894-3351 or go online to

– article submitted by Vincent Verrecchio