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Finding a keeper of Spring Hope history

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I wanted to share another gem that may be going unnoticed in Spring Hope.

There’s a beautiful Spring Hope Historical Museum located at 400 W. Main St. It’s off of the downtown square and tucked next door to the community center building. Currently it’s only open from 3-5 p.m. on Sundays. Gay and Luke made my visit amazing.

Inside is a wealth of Spring Hope history. What is so unique about the museum is you are encouraged to touch things! My daughter was able to look through a physician’s patient visit log. I heard the account about the doctor’s second wife. She was a very mean lady who locked school kids in closets and had a wart on her tongue — Luke, the docent, is a great historian!

We were able to see and touch an old mercantile lace dispenser. I found the history and pictures of the original house where I live. I now know what brought the original owner here — Mr. Bule built “The Oaks” and came here because of the lumber business. And there’s even a victory garden in the front of the museum.

While this may not sound thrilling like an amusement park, it is thrilling that we are privileged enough to get to see the good, the bad and the ugly of where we live. Without looking back and understanding what we’ve been through, we are destined to repeat our mistakes.

When I moved to Spring Hope, I brought two thriving beehives to my property. I lost one of my beehives this week. I can easily get more bees to put in my empty hive; but that might not effectively fix the problem. Unless I’m willing to look back and understand what I could have done differently or better, I could easily lose the hive again if I simply replace it. I also run the risk of losing the other hive that is thriving at the moment by making the same mistakes.

Spring Hope has a lot of attractive things — the town is charming, the residents are friendly, the schools are great and the soil is fertile. Unfortunately, it is also showing a bit of age and some of the historic buildings are in need of restoration. My hope is that we can work as a community and support those working toward restoring the unique and beautiful buildings and shops that make up our downtown area.

The task may be too big for one person, but many hands make light work (an English proverb from the early 1300s). I encourage you to join with me in looking for ways to make this community the envy of North Carolina.

I’m sharing my Beehive Coffee Cake recipe. This is perfect with a cup of coffee and a tale from the past.

DeeAnn Rivera is a Spring Hope resident who blogs at VictoryGardenGal.com. Email her at VictoryGardenGal@gmail.com.

Beehive Coffee Cake


1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

1/3 cup milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Grease a 9-inch square pan. Combine and mix all cake ingredients until well mixed. Spread into the greased pan and set aside to make topping.


1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a heavy saucepan, combine all topping ingredients. Cook over medium heat until full roiling boil. Keep stirring and once boiling cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour topping over uncooked cake mixture. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 22-27 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool a bit and enjoy!

DeeAnn Rivera is a Spring Hope resident who blogs at VictoryGardenGal.com. Email her at VictoryGardenGal@gmail.com.