Hazel Daniels, the widow of the late country music star, expressed the sentimental significance of Goldston’s Beach at White Lake, as it held cherished memories from Charlie’s childhood visits. In honor of his legacy, she expressed her privilege in opening a gallery to the public, showcasing many of Charlie’s beloved possessions in a place that held deep meaning to him.
The gallery will feature an impressive collection of Daniels’ ACM, Dove, and CMA awards, guitars, fiddles, challenge pins from military performances, and even a $5 check from Elvis Presley, among other items from his illustrious music career.
While Charlie Daniels attained worldwide recognition as a country music, southern rock, and bluegrass legend, he had a special connection to southeastern North Carolina. Having been born and raised in Wilmington, he spent his summers working in tobacco on his grandfather’s farm in Bladen County and frequently visited White Lake. Following his move to Nashville in the late 1960s, Daniels’ fame skyrocketed, particularly after the release of the iconic song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979.
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Regal jointly announced the grand opening, highlighting the profound ties Charlie Daniels had to the region. The event offers free admission, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs from The Charlie Daniels Band’s final planned tour. Further details can be found on The Grand Regal’s website.