Heartwood to Host a Taste of History with Hoecakes & Sausage on the House July 26

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First Lady Mrs. Wilson’s family recipe will be the featured menu item at the free Wytheville Community Day breakfast event

Mrs. Wilson's Hoecake Mix

Mrs. Wilson’s Hoecake Mix tastes better than a pancake and is made with a hint of corn meal. We look forward to this breakfast as our first public event in marketing her hoecake mix.

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway will give visitors a taste of First Lady Mrs. Wilson’s Hoecake Mix during Hoecakes & Sausage on the House, Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. The morning opener, which is free to the first 100 pre-registered guests, kicks off Wytheville Community Day, which will run through 4 p.m. featuring musicians/artisans from the Town of Wytheville and Wythe and Bland Counties. Heartwood now carries the hoecake mix, branded under Wytheville’s Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum label. The museum is located at 145 East Main St. in Wytheville, Va.

As our 30th First Lady, Mrs. Wilson can trace her ancestry to Pocahontas. The ninth-generation Pocahontas descendant’s closely held hoecake recipe is being made public for the first time. The recipe dates back to a time when the Bolling family gathered for meals in their Wytheville home located on the second floor above the First Lady’s Museum. The recipe was a gift from Mrs. Wilson’s great nephew, Cary Fuller, who serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

“Mrs. Wilson’s Hoecake Mix tastes better than a pancake and is made with a hint of corn meal. We look forward to this breakfast as our first public event in marketing her hoecake mix, and we are pleased to be a part of Heartwood’s event to promote The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum,” said museum co-founder Farron Smith. Smith, along with her husband, Bill, established the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum [EBW] in 2006 to preserve Mrs. Wilson’s birthplace and childhood home for historic and educational purposes. Along with the EBW Museum staff, a professional cadre of volunteers speaks to the contributions made by Mrs. Wilson to the institution of the presidency and to the country as one of the most influential, significant, and controversial women of the twentieth century. The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum is one of only three first lady’s birthplace museums in the country and the only one in Virginia.

“We are lock-step with a noteworthy mission to restore this national treasure into a period home reminiscent of Edith’s formative years, in the time when the Bolling family lived there from 1866 to 1899,” adds executive director, Karen R. Groff. The museum opened on Mrs. Wilson’s birthday on October 15, 2008 and is home to a collection of artifacts belonging personally to Mrs. Wilson and her Bolling family.

Mrs. Wilson’s Hoecake Mix is now available for sale at the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum Gift Nook, Big Walker Lookout, and at Heartwood as a fundraising item for the 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heartwood is located at Exit 14 on I-81 in Abingdon. Reservations to the complimentary hoecakes and sausage breakfast are required and are limited to the first 100 pre-registered guests. Reservations can be made by calling (276) 492-2400.

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