Years ago a promise was made by Harry Wright in his will, that a small piece of the four-acre plot of land purchased by Charlie and Helen “Oopie” Wright (Wilson) in 1914 be set aside in memory of them. The years passed and no memorial was ever produced.
Two years ago Robert Wright, his son, and Linda Wright David, daughter of Chester Wright, got together with the one surviving daughter, Maxie Wright Duke, Vernon “Josh” Wilson, children and grandchildren of Grace Wright Watson and Thomas Barak Wright, to make that promise a reality.
On Saturday morning, Sept. 14, dancers, friends and family gathered at the Salt Rock, Helen’s Barn Avenue, Wright Square, Highlands, to dedicate the garden to the memory of Charlie and Helen. A large native stone holds the plaque describing their lives, and their contributions to the life of the Highlands area.
The ceremony was led by Robert Wright who commented as to the reason for the garden’s existence, followed by readings of the plaque by grandson Buddy Watson and granddaughter, Helen W. Hedden. Maxie Duke led those assembled in the following dedicatory remarks: “We dedicate The Wright Memorial Garden to the memories of Charles N. Wright and Helen Cabe Wright Wilson, who lived, worked, dreamed, and raised children here on this Square, and who, as pioneer settlers of the area, pushed the growth and potential of Highlands, North Carolina. The Lord blessed them with good fortune, good friends, and many happy days together.” Buddy Watson performed “Amazing Grace” before the benediction by Linda Wright David.
Refreshments were served in Helen’s Barn, courtesy of Wade Ennis and the grandchildren of the Wrights following the ceremony.