Museum guild program to highlight North Carolina's state dog

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 01:00 AM

Did you know North Carolina has a state dog?
It’s true, and the dog — the Plott hound — will be the subject of this month’s program of the High Point Museum Guild meeting, set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
Guest speaker Bob Plott will present “Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s Official State Dog.”
The Plott bear hound is the official state dog of North Carolina and is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier big-game hunting hounds. The breed is unique in many ways, including its Germanic origins, distinctive appearance, fierce loyalty, tenacity and intelligence. But it is the story of the breed that truly sets it apart from all others.
The story begins in 1750, when the breed’s original founder, Johannes George Plott, and his brother, Enoch, left Germany with their prized hunting dogs. Their trip across the Atlantic began the 200-year journey that would culminate in the mountains of North Carolina with the development of what is now considered by many to be the world’s finest breed of hunting dog.
This fascinating story of the Plott family and the Plott hound is a classic American tale of adventure, with roots deeply entrenched in North Carolina soil and American history and culture. And it is a story that award-winning author and historian Bob Plott, the great-great-great grandson of Johannes George Plott, is uniquely qualified to tell.
Bob Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750, when his great-great-great-grandfather arrived here with five of the family hunting dogs. These dogs would later become renowned as the premier big-game hunting dog breed in America — the Plott bear hound.
Wednesday’s presentation is made possible by a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the museum at 885-1859 or visit www.highpointmuseum.org.