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for The State Vol. 40 Issue 15, Jan 1973
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On January 27, the Murfreesboro Historical Association will host the Lafayette Ball to commemorate a festivity that was planned for 1825 but never took place in its entirety. The Marquis de Lafayette had been invited by Congress to return to the United States in recognition of his status as the last surviving general of the American Revolution. Lafayette accepted, and after a six month sojourn in Washington D.C., he commenced his southern tour, heading into North Carolina for a dinner and ball at Murfreesboro. Rains slowed travel and the party arrived at such a late hour that only dinner was served and the ball was never held.
In commemoration of its 250th anniversary, Bertie County celebrated Kelford Day with a passenger train trip to Rocky Mount for 550 county residents. At one time, Kelford (pop. 300) had been a busy stop for regional rail service with as many as eight passenger trains a day heading out for Rocky Mount or Norfolk. Amtrak originally agreed to send a train for the celebration but tried to back out of the deal until pressure from local citizens, Congressman Walter Jones, the Department of Transportation, and the White House forced them to honor their original agreement.