Early days in Davidson County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new illustrated 43-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), and Centennial History of Davidson County North Carlina by Rev. Jacob Calvin Leonard (1927). 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. Some of the places mentioned in the booklet include: Lexington (County Seat), Denton, Lexington, Thomasville, Healing Springs, Eller, Pilot, Jackson Hill, Tyro, Churchland, Midway, Acadia, Welcome, and Wallburg. Among the many subjects included are: Geology and Physical features, such as The Trading Path, the Jersey Bottoms, ; Members of the General Assembly from Davidson County before 1851; Early notables -- John Lederer, James Needham, Rev. Samuel Suther, Capt. Benjamin Merrill, George Coble, Valentin Leonardt, Wooldrich Fritz, and others; two early descriptions; Indian tribes; Thomasville furniture; Schools, including Yadkin College, ; Two Rival Cities; Boone's Cabin and Caves; a visit George Washington, one very large chair, Big Henry Shoaf, strong man of Davidson Co., where some place names came from, Buffalo Bill's train crash, and other curious bits of history and trivia. Leonard's excerpt is filled with names, including a roster of men from Davidson County who served in the Conferate Army. It also includes a section on the family of Daniel Boone, a section on General Nathaniel Greene, and a report on the Ghosts of Abbott's Creek. The Dowd excerpts are biographies of James Madison Leach and Rev. Liryum Skidmore Burkhead. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Davidson County, NC
Sources: History of Davidson 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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