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October 23, 2009 · By Deb Phillips - The Photo Gal · Filed Under Commemorations 
The West Side Civic Theatre reenacts the wedding of Lewis Case Laugenour and Mary Elizabeth Nissen. Celebrating why Lewisville is a great place to live.

Members of the West Side Civic Theatre reenact the marriage of Lewisville's founder, Lewis Case Laugenour, to Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Nissen in 1859. The onlooker in the foreground, dressed in period attire, looks as though he, too, could have stepped out of the 1800s.

Lewisville Celebrates 150 Years

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Town of Lewisville, North Carolina celebrated its 150th anniversary with the Lewisville Sesquicentennial Celebration at Shallowford Square. Members of the Lewisville Historical Society had worked for more than a year on the celebration plans.

Despite the cloudy, cool weather, the celebration began at 11:00 a.m. with an old-fashioned vehicle parade, followed by a variety of activities, exhibits and tours until the celebration ended at 4:00 p.m. Some of the activities and exhibits included:

  • Bluegrass music
  • Brass band
  • Square dancing
  • Storytelling
  • Wagon rides
  • Post Office memorabilia & the 150th year commemorative stamp
  • Genealogy and Lewisville history exhibits
  • Poster and essay contest awards presented to local school children
  • Nineteenth century craft exhibits
  • Flower show
  • Historic sidewalk tour
  • Old-fashioned children’s games

The Big Wedding

The final and defining event of the day was the reenactment of the 1859 marriage of Lewis Case Laugenour to Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Nissen. The talented members of the West Side Civic Theatre gave a most engaging rendition of the marriage, complete with children and the sounds of brass music by the Brookstown Band. The cake and ice cream reception following the wedding put the finishing touch on the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

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