Town manager discusses importance of celebration

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The town of Mount Olive’s 150th anniversary that will kick off on March 1 is a “significant milestone in any town’s history, according to Town Manager Charles Brown.

When the town celebrated its centennial (100th) anniversary it, too, was a huge event.

“Both of these events are milestones and allow us to celebrate both the history and the heritage,” he said.

The town manager and Mayor Ken Talton are urging all to participate.

“This is also an economic development thing because it gets people’s attention and brings people here. I think it is good all around, and I encourage people to come here and learn about the history of our town. There are plans to discuss a lot of history and set up a wide variety of displays. Local people will hopefully get involved because there is a tremendous amount of history here. Learn about the place in which you live,” he said.

The town grew up around the railroad and it still plays a big role in Mount Olive today.

“That’s the reason you will see a train right in the middle of the town logo, because it plays a big role in this town’s early history,” said the town manager.

He also noted that the Mount Olive Pickle Company’s early beginnings were started by a Lebanese immigrant and it showed the diversity of the town in those days.

Brown also commented on the Winn family that sold the majority of the land to build the town.

“This entire celebration is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the history of the town and be proud of it,” Brown concluded.

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