Early days in Durham County and Person County in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 62-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from four vintage books including: A New Geography of North Carolina by Bill Sharpe, Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), and John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina ( 1851) and North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA. 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. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Durham County -- Durham (county seat), Bahama, and Rougemont; Person County -- Roxboro (county seat). Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features, such as the Eno, Little and Flat rivers; Early settlers and notables -- the Durham family, Robert Morris family, John Green, the Carr family, the Duke family, John Sprunt Hill, T. Yancey Milburn, C.T. Council, the Fortune family, Gen. Stephen Moore, J.A. Long, J.W. Noell, Thomas Person, John Williamson, Gov. William Kitchen, Reg Harris, Thomas Slade, George Brooks, John Clayton, Sawney Webb, Alexander Foushee; Tobacco, textiles, insurance and other industries; Duke University, N.C. College, and other schools; Negro Enterprise and education; Hospitals; Agriculture and Mining; the Reconstruction Period; Churches, including the "City of God in the Wilderness"; the Person Indianas; how looters helped the tobacco business, the "anti-hog" ticket, a 95-year-old journalist, the hanging of an old car, Dolly Madison's birthplace, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpts are biographies of Julian Shakespeare Carr, W.T. Blackwell, and Edwin Godwin Reade. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities, with a separate section on the City of Durham and Duke University, with maps and points of interest.
Durham and Person Counties, NC
Sources: History of Durham County North Carolina / History of Person 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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