Iredell Museums to host 'An Evening with Dr. Gary Freeze'

Posted at 4:16 PM on Oct 27, 2018


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Iredell Museums will host Dr. Gary Freeze, an Iredell County native, local historian and author for a special program on Wednesday, November 14. The free event begins at 7 p.m.

Freeze is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a faculty professor at Catawba College in Salisbury, where he teaches American History with his specialties being North Carolina History, the Civil War and the American South.

Awarded Teacher of the Year on numerous occasions, Freeze has spent the past 25 years publishing the history of Catawba County in his three-part series “The Catawbans: Vols 1-3.”

In addition to his research on Catawba County, Freeze was one of the key contributors for the research on Iredell Museum’s newest exhibit, “The Wallace Brothers: Roots, Herbs and Religion.” The Wallace Brothers were two of Statesville’s most successful, but least-known Golden Era businessmen.

Isaac and David Wallace arrived in Statesville right as the Civil War began and opened one of many wholesale stores in the center of town. Their mercantile exploits soon morphed into the large-scale trade of roots, produce and herbs as medicinal commodities. Their “Botanic Depot,” as they called it, was located at the corner of Meeting and Walnut streets and was more than 40,000 square feet at completion.

Throughout their time in business, they had several storage warehouses from Court Street to West Bell Street. From their success in business and establishing Statesville’s authority as a center of trade to their support of the community and education, David and Isaac Wallace and their descendants helped create the Statesville that we know today.

Iredell Museums invites the community to come learn about their legacy during "An Evening with Dr. Freeze," on Wednesday, November 14. Refreshments will be provided. The museum is located at 134 Court Street in Statesville.

About Iredell Museums

Iredell Museums is a nonprofit organization that promotes regional-based learning experiences in culture, history, science and arts. We provide a variety of educational opportunities through interactive exhibits, diverse collections, innovative educational programs and living history. We are striving to become a center for creative exploration. For more information, visit

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