Early days in Camden and Currituck Counties in North Carolina are recalled in this new 53-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). 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 improve readability. Places mentioned in the booklet include: Camden -- Camden (county seat), Shiloh, South Mills, Belcross, Chantilly, Riddle, and Old Trap; Currituck -- Currituck (county seat), Knott's Island, Shawboro, Sligo, Coinjock, Bertha, Corolla, Jarvisburg and Point Harbor. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, including the Great Dismal Swamp, Lake Drummond, the Pasquotank River, Albemarle Sound and Currituck Sound; Members of the General Assembly before 1851; Gen. Isaac Gregory, Lemuel Sawyer, Thomas MacKnight, Samuel Ferebee, Col. Gideon Lamb, and other early notables; Roanoke Island, where the British landed in 1584, the first English settlement in America; How a bridge crippled a county; George Fleming; Camden Courthouse; Camden when living was high, morals were low, poverty was unknown and tobacco was 'money'; the Dismal Swamp Canal; Peter Burgess' defection, Buffaloes vs. Home Guard, and other Civil War events; a marvelous 'floating road', Schools and churches; Points of interest in Camden County; a change from salt water to fresh water in Currituck County; Gibb's Revolution; the Dog Track comes and goes; the wreck of the 'Metropolis'; Joseph Knapp, philanthropist; Gov. Thomas Jarvis; What duellists, elopers, vacationers had in common, Legend of the Dismal and a poem by Thomas Moore, a notable family feud, a trial for witchcraft, a slave insurrection, how 'Old Trap' got its name, how a little patriotic miss saved the day, a divorce contract, hook and eye Mennonites; and many other fascinating bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt is a 3-page biography of Thomas Jordan Jarvis. The WPA excerpt offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Camden and Currituck Counties, NC
Sources: History of Camden County North Carolina / History of Currituck 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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