For three-quarters of a century, the cross high atop Mount Sequoyah has overlooked the city of Fayetteville, providing citizens a quiet place for reflection, meditation, and prayer.
It has been photographed about a zillion times. It has been witness to countless sunsets, and more than a few “romantic” moments.
This year, the local landmark turns 75 years old and in its honor, officials have planned a celebration for Sunday, Oct. 23.
An open house and tour of the grounds will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a soup and chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. At around 5:45, local pianist Jonathan Story will perform a sunset concert which will include spiritual songs as well as classical music by Liszt and Schubert.
“This vista has been a beacon and historic icon for all who travel through Fayetteville,” said Sheri Altland, executive director of the Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center. “Many special moments, marriage proposals and times of personal reflection take place at this spot.”
According to a press release, the original cross of whitewashed wood was erected in October 1936 by then-superintendent Sam Yancey. It was later converted to the electric version that stands on the west side of the mountain today.
The concert is free to attend, and soup will be available to the first 200 attendees for a “minimal cost.” Organizers are urging attendees to bring lawn chairs, and blankets.
Mount Sequoyah Cross 75th Anniversary Celebration
Date: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
Time: Open house begins at 4 p.m. Soup is served at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 5:45 p.m.
Location: Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center, 150 NW Skyline Drive, Fayetteville.