Early days in Burke County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 40-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: Morganton (the county seat), Rutherford College, Glen Alpine, Drexel, Icard, Hildebran, Connelly Springs, Linville Falls, and Valdese. Among the many subjects included are: General Daniel Morgan for whom Morganton is named; Waightstill Avery; Col. Charles and Major Joseph McDowell, heroes of the Revolutionary War; Samuel P. Carson; Gov. Israel Pickens; Members of the General Assembly from Burke County before 1851; , Physical features; Early settlers and their difficulties; the Burke County Courthouse; the Avery boys in the Civil War; Col. G.W. Kirk; Agriculture; Industry; A.M. Kistler, an industrial promoter; Religion; "Spook" Lights, Notable duels, "Nolichuckey Jack," otherwise known as John Sevier, organizer of the State of Franklin and first governor of Tennessee; Todd Caldwell; the trial of Frankie Silver; Woodrow Wilson's honeymoon, Sally Michael's pipes, and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Burke County, NC
Sources: History of Burke 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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