A celebration of heritage marking a wandering old British family’s
346th year as an American pioneer family!
NOTE: see full reunion details and contact information below
The National Allison (Allanson) Family Association
The descendants of Thomas Allanson/Allison, Lord of Christian Temple Manor (1639-1684)
A Gentleman of
Wandering pioneer Allisons looking for new homes traveled in many directions, including Brooke County, Virginia (today Hancock County, West Virginia), Bullitt County, Kentucky, and in great numbers to the area of Burke County, North Carolina that eventually became McDowell County, the area surrounding the tiny wilderness settlement that became the town of Old Fort. A huge colony of transplanted Maryland-born Allisons was formed there in the late 1700’s.
From the first new homes established, other
family members continued migrations to such locales as
Western North Carolina Allisons
eventually settled across the entire mountain region of the state, with heavy
population density in McDowell, Buncombe,
An especially large Allison colony was
formed in northeast
Allison cousins from all of these locales, as well as from up to 40 states, will reunite for the huge annual celebration of heritage.
Weekend of October 15-16
During the peak of fall color in the beautiful
Main reunion events on the campus of Brevard College
Our very distinguished and honored guests
Officially representing our family's ancestral homeland
Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul General Michael Bates OBE & Janice Bates
Congressman Charles Taylor & Betty Taylor
Chief Leon Jones, former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee
& Janice Allison Jones
plus other special guests to be announced closer to date
Presenting the very best of heritage entertainment
The best talent in the mountains will gather for a weekend of top
quality heritage entertainment. 100's of cousins from up to 40 states and
Your 2004 reunion entertainment
● Ben Allison's Oscar winning film TWO SOLDIERS!
Special film event featuring a private theatre screening of the Academy Award winning movie Two Soldiers (2004 Oscar winner for Best Short Film, Live Action) starring family member Ben Allison, your host for the evening (also performed in Cold Mountain).
Records, just released their 3rd album, and now performing on stage across
● Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers
● Eddie Bushyhead – Cherokee river cane flutist
Renowned Cherokee Indian musician,
master of the Cherokee
river cane flute. Performing during the reunion memorial service. Eddie
will both play and sing in the traditional "Amazing Grace", performed in
Cherokee with the tribe's version of this old hymn. Also, Eddie
will perform on the flute as well as sing in Cherokee "Guide Me Jehovah", as
sung on the Trail of Tears.
● Benny Allison’s Blue Creek Bluegrass Band
Benny Allison's eight member band from the
old mountain music.
● Roy Chapman and True Blue Grass Band
Legendary mountain fiddler, Fiddlin' Roy
Chapman and his five member True Blue Grass Band returning for their second
reunion show during main reunion events at
● Monica Deaver-Noland
Talented mountain vocalist Monica Deaver-Noland
Stranger" and other selections from the soundtrack of the film Cold Mountain during the reunion memorial service.
● Old-time shape note singers!
Presenting a huge group of authentic Christian Harmony and Sacred
Harp singers from around western
● The Bradley Brothers Band
The Bradley Brothers present authentic old-time mountain pickin’, performing outdoors at the opening reunion event, and again before show time at the screening of the Oscar winning movie Two Soldiers.
Talented trumpeters George Allison and son Derek Allison of
● Clogging lessons!
Clogging lessons presented by the Southern Appalachian Preservation Music and Dance Society.
Auction and Raffle
Almost $9,000 worth of beautiful items
have already been donated for the exciting reunion auction and raffle,
including a magnificent handmade and signed $5,000 rosewood violin, crafted by
master violin maker Ed Allison. Also being offered is a selection of
autographed movie memorabilia, donated by Ben Allison who played "Rourke" in the movie Cold Mountain, and was the star
of the Oscar winning film "Two Soldiers" (2004 Academy Award for Best
Short Film, Live Action). There will be a huge selection of original art by
regional artists, including matted and framed photography and pen and ink drawings
of the Historical 1816 Allison-Deaver House, oldest
documented frame house in western NC, as well as several paintings. Handmade
original musical instruments offered include a beautiful mountain dulcimer and
a lap harp with stand. Three heritage quilts will be offered, as well as other traditional
textile art items. Also included in the long list of quality merchandise are
authentic Appalachian baskets by two talented mountain basket makers, original
gold jewelry with native precious stones by a talented area goldsmith and
jewelry maker, exquisite ceramic art, handmade traditional Amish woodcraft from
Ohio, rare books, published genealogical sources, rare original Civil War
documents, custom embroidered reunion clothing, and a wide variety of mountain
folk art. Bring lots of mad money for Christmas and birthday shopping for
special family members!
More than 50 door prizes will be given out all across the day, including one pound jars of 100% sourwood honey, a large Smokey the Bear doll presented by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association -- Pisgah National Forest, numerous drawings and other artworks, craftworks, books, potted fall mums, and too much for us to mention here.
Extensive historical displays from all
lines and branches of the family spread across
The busy weekend festivities include the following events:
● “Twilight on the River”
An outdoor sunset gathering for pickin', grinnin', eatin' n' socializin' on the
banks of the beautiful
The massive crowd will gather around a huge bonfire in early evening on the river banks and be greeted by 100's of torches, the sounds of LIVE down-home bluegrass music provided by the Bradley Brothers Band performing from a flatbed trailer stage, and a BBQ cooker trailer loaded to overflowing with red hot, tangy BBQ and all the fixin's! Cookout dinner presented by Hawg Wild BBQ Restaurant.
Bring a lawn chair, such as a "chair in a bag" type folding chair, or bring blankets to sit on the ground in the huge fire circle around the roaring fire. Dress VERY casual and warm with sweatshirts and jeans for the cool mountain autumn air that will settle in quickly as the sun starts setting.
● Film screening: “Two Soldiers”
Private theater screening of the Academy Award winning movie starring Ben Allison
● Main reunion event and program — The heart of the reunion!
Welcome address by Chief Leon Jones, former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.
Memorial address by Her Majesty’s Consul General Michael Bates, OBE
Live music and dancing, historical program, awards and honors, special guests, extensive historical displays, catered luncheon, memorial service, raffle, auction, door prizes and more. Entertainment and musicians include Roy Chapman’s True Blue Grass Band, Monica Deaver-Noland, and Eddie Bushyhead
● Tour historic 1816 Allison-Deaver House
The Allison family’s oldest surviving home
● Special closing event: “An Old-time Autumn Gathering”
Featuring a catered dinner and an evening of dancing and fabulous entertainment, including Steep Canyon Rangers, old-time shape note singers, Benny Allison’s Blue Creek Bluegrass Band, and Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers . Also raffle and door prizes!
178 area hotel rooms are contracted for the reunion and are now being held with extremely good discounts. But rooms are going FAST and will be gone soon!
Attendance is strictly by advance reservation only, with full payment in advance for catered meals. Sorry, no one can be admitted to any reunion event without an advance reservation. Reservations with payment must be received by no later than Thursday, October 7th. Seating is limited at all events. Reservations accepted only until seating capacity for each event is met. Many events will no doubt sell out early. To avoid disappointment, reserve EARLY!
For more information…
Please contact us for additional information, including meal prices and how to reserve, a full schedule of activities and events plus specific locations, hotels and other lodging options, maps and directions to all reunion events, and all the exciting details of the 2004 National Allison Family Reunion
Michael Allison, President
National Allison (Allanson) Family Association
Sterrett AL 35147
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