Two women will tell their Pinehurst tales from their families’ perspective at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, located at 15 Azalea Road, in Pinehurst.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on March 21, 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

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. 

Jill Wicker Gooding

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.




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