Early days in Bladen County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 36-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books, the oldest dating from 1851. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA; and A New Geography of North Carolina. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and enhance readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Elizabethtown (the county seat), Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, Kelly, Tar Heel, and White Lake. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features; Origin of place names; Members of the General Assembly from Bladen County before 1851; Varied accounts of the Revolutionary War Battle of Elizabethtown in 1781 between friends of Liberty and Tories; Thomas Brown; Thomas Owen; General James Owen; Gov. John Owen; Early settlers; Tar and Turpentine; Agriculture; the Steamboat Era; Recreation and Resorts; Strange oval and elliptical pocosins (bays) and theories regarding their origin; White Lake; the River Locks; Bladen Lakes Forest; Religion; Schools; Ashwood-Oakland plantation, the Robeson Homestead and other noted mansions; an averted duel, a hidden palace, slave-owning ex-slaves, a prince who became a butler, and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Bladen County, NC
Sources: History of Bladen County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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