Historic Bench

Jon Day, left, and John Carleton stand next to the bench they created from wood from trees that were removed after Booth Bowery restaurant was replaced by Cumberland Farms at Mr. Carleton's home in Port Orange on Friday, Sept. 10.

The Port Orange Historical Trust is planning an open house at the museum and history center at 740 Commonwealth Blvd. in Port Orange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 21-23.

Refreshments will be offered.

Founded in 1986, the trust's museum charges no admission and operates with a core of dedicated volunteers. The trust depends on donations, fundraisers and book sales.

Priscilla Haller Sparks, vice president, said they will honor the late Harold D. Cardwell Sr. and his wife, Priscilla, Saturday during the open house. Mr. Cardwell served as president of the trust and was the author of many historical books. Both he and his wife were active in numerous local organizations. Relatives of the Cardwells will be in attendance, including Thelma Cardwell, 93, the oldest acting member of the museum.

The museum also wants to showcase a new bench created by the Volusia County Woodworkers Guild. The handsome wooden bench was crafted from a 200-year-old tree harvested from the historic Sugar Mill Plantation when Cumberland Farms was built on the old Booths Bowery location at Ridgewood Avenue and Herbert Street. The Woodworkers Guild donated the wooden bench to the trust for the museum and history center.

“We at the POHT are very proud of the museum. We are trying to honor and preserve the history of Port Orange,” Ms. Sparks said. “We want people in Port Orange to know that there is a history museum, and where we are located.”

For more information on the open house, email poht740@aol.com.

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