The Irish Connection – Free Music, Dance and Story Sharing Community Event

About the event
Huntersville’s historic Hugh Torrance House and Store (HTHS) presents “The Irish Connection” Saturday, March 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the store and Cedar Grove with music, dancing, performances, and historical information about the Scottish-Irish connection north of Mecklenburg. This is the second event for HTHS using the HEARTS mission, sharing local experiences to explore local history through real connections integrating arts and nature for a multi-faceted event for all ages.

“Cedar Groove”, the musical aspect of the event, features the traditional Irish tunes of the Carolina Thunder Mugs and the Carolina Folk Society. Irish dancers from the Connick School of Irish Dance will also perform two sets during the afternoon, dancing and sharing the story as well. Plus, local historian Hugh Dussek will share the fascinating story of the Scottish-Irish journey from Ireland to NC Piedmont. This story also encompasses the heritage of many African Americans who share this Irish lineage and also features a performance by award-winning actor, playwright, and director Michael D. Connor, who, along with 38% of African Americans, has Irish ancestry. .

The center of the event is at the Hugh Torrance House and Store in Huntersville, the oldest standing store in North Carolina. Beer, wine, beverages, food and crafts will be available for purchase from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the store located at 8231 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Parking is available in the new Greenway parking lot on Gilead Road at McDowell Creek.

This is a free community event thanks to the generous support of community partners and donations. All proceeds benefit the efforts of Hugh Torrance House and Store non-profit 501C3 to promote historic preservation and ecological conservation in our area. RSVPs are requested on the event page at

The historic Hugh Torance House and Store is the oldest store in North Carolina and one of the few 18th century structures in Mecklenburg County. Located in Huntersville, NC, the store is the hub for all program offerings. Operated by the Hugh Torance House and Store (HTHS), a private 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the site’s story through the HEARTS Mission and Vision (History, Ecology, Arts, Reunion, Trails and Store ), linking the store with Cedar Grove, the 1831 Greek Revival home of James Torrance, son of Hugh and Isabella Torance.

For more information, visit, email [email protected], or call (704) 920-9931.

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