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CHS annual meeting includes zombies, medical curiosities, and black history

Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m.—CAVENDISH—The Annual Meeting of the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will be Sunday, March 5, 3-5 p.m. at the Cavendish Baptist Church Parish Hall, 2258 Main St., Cavendish.

In addition to the business agenda, there will be a special program “Cavendish Believe It or Not!” There are many Cavendish stories that people don’t know about. Yes, Phineas Gage’s and his famous accident ushered in the age of brain research. However, another medical curiosity lived here for at least 10 years. Alexis St. Martin revolutionized the understanding of gastroenterology with his permanent hole in his gut. A bit gory, and definitely strange, but oh so fascinating.

With the snows of February, its fun to remember that at one time Cavendish had both a topnotch bobsled run and its very own ski hill. As part of February’s Black History Month, CHS has once again revisited the amazing story how an African slave, Peter Tumber (Tumbo) became free, moved to Cavendish and died here in 1832 at the age of 106. Then there is Clarence Adams. Just who is buried in his grave? Turns out he visited with a friend in Montreal after his supposed death and burial. He was also spotted in Nova Scotia and still later in Florida. Recently, CHS learned that a “zombie” movie was filmed in Proctorsville. Called “Incantation,” and lasting less than 10 minutes, it featured some of our local residents. Additional stories are welcomed. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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