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The John Blue Festival

Updated on November 5, 2009

John Blue Houses

The John Blue House

The John Blue house was built in the early 1890s by John Blue, Sr. Built entirely of heart of pine lumber harvested from the Blue property, located in Laurinburg NC. John Blue's  house has many intricate details that amaze hundreds of tourists during tours each year. All of the houses have been restored to their original sate.  Many talented carpenters keep these homes in tip top shape due to the traffic during tours and the Yearly October John Blue Festival.  Steamboat Gothic architecture, double circular porches, nine fireplaces, and stained glass elements over the twelve outside doors are just some of the great artwork displayed in the homes

Also featured on the property is fully functional 100% mule powered cotton gin. This building draws many people during the festival to see how cotton was once milled and processed. It still runs today by mule.

Mr. Blue was a very prominent businessman, farmer and inventor. Mr. Blue invented the first cotton stalk cutter, the John Blue cotton planter and a fertilizer distributor.

The John Blue Festival

 The John Blue Festival has been a yearly tradition in Laurinburg for many years.  The festival includes tours of the John Blue Houses, Vendors selling homade items such as stained glass, quilts, Mobiles, Carved Wood and more. 

There are lots of activities for children as well.  A train ride through the property shows all the historic attributes such as the Mule runned Cotton Gin.  It is stilll operable today.  Face painting is always a treat for the kids as well as the animals. 

Some people dress like it was back in the day that Mr. Blues cotton gin was running successfully.  It has become a tradition in our town and hopefully will continue, getting better every year.

 

Dori's pics at the John Blue Festival

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AAliyah riding the ponies!learning to blow a birdie whistlejohn blue festivalHumane Society brings animals for adoptionSummer wanting yet another catlamasaaliyah showing off her face paintingFace painting artist, awesome workAAliyah on the train rideHumane Society with puppieson the train rideWhat a mule!SummerTommy Blue SingingCarved wood items for sale, beautiful artwork
AAliyah riding the ponies!
AAliyah riding the ponies!
learning to blow a birdie whistle
learning to blow a birdie whistle
john blue festival
john blue festival
Humane Society brings animals for adoption
Humane Society brings animals for adoption
Summer wanting yet another cat
Summer wanting yet another cat
lamas
lamas
aaliyah showing off her face painting
aaliyah showing off her face painting
Face painting artist, awesome work
Face painting artist, awesome work
AAliyah on the train ride
AAliyah on the train ride
Humane Society with puppies
Humane Society with puppies
on the train ride
on the train ride
What a mule!
What a mule!
Summer
Summer
Tommy Blue Singing
Tommy Blue Singing
Carved wood items for sale, beautiful artwork
Carved wood items for sale, beautiful artwork

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    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      9 years ago

      Love this old house, one my wife would fall in love with too.

    • teendad profile image

      teendad 

      9 years ago from Richmond, VA

      This does look like a lot of fun. I had never heard of the John Blue House. I love restored houses.

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      very nice hub good info

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Carmen, thanks, I agree I love the face painting!

      dori

    • Carmen Borthwick profile image

      Carmen Borthwick 

      9 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for sharing, if I'm ever in that neck of the woods I'll take it in. I do agree, awesome face painting.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      art, its is ok, I am certainly far from perfect, you know you got a friend when they are lost, we are lucky enough to have realized that.

      hugs

      dori

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      sounds cool!

      dori

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      yes Art that is my Aaliyah! Things are great, hope to stay that way!!!!!! I had mentioned once before that people could tell my mood status by reading my hubs, uh? Pretty good therapy. I like the route you are going with the Health. Keep it up, iit is valuable information, but make sure Pirate girl makes an entrance as well.

      hugs

      dori

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Veronica,

      It was so fun, and i didn't want to wash it off!! But it was safe, etc.,, and she started crying when the mule looked at her becuase he was so big and it started to run so i had to wash it before we left!! The guy who did it told Aaliyah to lay back and close her eyes and she did, he was wonderful with kids, I bet be made several grand that day! It was only five dollars but the line was wrapped arount the whole festival, but mostly adults, lol

      dori

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I love festivals like these, they are a lot of fun. And I agree, the face painting was awesome! I believe that is the best face-painting I've ever seen.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      It was alot of fun and the face painting was awesome!!

      dori

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      poetlorraine 

      9 years ago

      sounds like a great day out there, well the face paintings are ace

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