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(Pinehurst) - On Thursday, March 21, the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, will host two women who will tell Pinehurst tales from their families’ perspective at the March Lunch n’ Learn. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the stories of Pinehurst will be presented by Lisa Hammond and Jill Wicker Gooding. Their lives are tied directly to the past through the builder of Pinehurst, Rassie E. Wicker.

Lisa Hammond and her husband, Bob, purchased the 1923 Rassie Wicker residence on Dundee Road. “Little did we know at the time what a gem we had purchased” Hammond remarks. “Jill and I are happy to talk a bit about the house, his life and his impact on Pinehurst.”

Jill Wicker Gooding explains that Wicker is her great grandfather and came to Pinehurst in 1902 to help build the Carolina Hotel. His carpentry skills soon made him the full time carpenter employed by Mr. Tufts, supervising the home building crews when the Village was booming. He became a surveyor and mapped every square foot of Moore County. Gooding states “He was a historian, astronomer, writer, civil engineer, woodworker, botanist and in fact, I believe he knew something about everything!”

Both women will share their three generations of family stories and answer questions about this interesting man for whom the Rassie Wicker Park is named. Reservations may be made for the $25 event by calling the Exchange at 295-4677. Following the lecture, lunch and dessert will be prepared by Chef Katrina.

The Board members for the SWE non-profit in its 97th year include Co-presidents Barb Summers and Marie Carbrey, Kathleen Causey, Anne Wright, Char Rohr, Kim Tills, Judie Wiggins, Beverly Raffaele, Dee Anderson, Elizabeth Toomey, Bev Reynolds and Pat Welch. Advisors to the board include: Cav Peterson, Ron Rhody, Joyce Reehling, Leslie Habets, Amanda Jakl, Audrey Moriarty, Alice Robbins, John Strickland and Laurie Bogart Wiles.

To become a supporting member and receive email notices of programs and events, simply send a $35 annual dues check to the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, P.O. Box 215, Pinehurst, NC 28370. Open to the public hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome to help serve as a waitress, gift shop cashier or kitchen helpers. Interested volunteers and To-Go orders may be made by calling 295-4677. Check out their website at 

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