Early days in Franklin County and Vance County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 51-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 improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: FRANKLIN -- Louisburg (county seat), Ingleside, Centerville, Wood, Mapleville, Franklinton, Youngsville, Bunn and Pilot. VANCE -- Henderson (county seat), Williamsboro, Townsville, Chalk Level, Manson, Middleburg, Kittrell, Drewry, Epsom, and Greystone. (Some of these are extinct.) Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features, such as Kerr Lake; Members of the General Assembly from Franklin County before 1851; Tobacco, cotton, lumbering and industry; Major Orren Smith and the Confederate flag; NC's "black belt" with "paddyrollers"; Louisburg College, Early settlers and where they came from; Crops and Industries; Gold rush; the Civil War period; Schools and Churches, including the oldest church in the NC Diocese; John Williamson, a slave who became a legislator; Reconstruction stories; Judge Charles Cooke, Aunt Abby House and other colorful characters; Gold, Copper and Tungsten mining; Gov. Thomas Bickett; an unusual tomb, the first winter resort in NC, the "Sherman beetle" and the "Sherman itch", and other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Franklin and Vance Counties, NC
Sources: History of Franklin County North Carolina / History of Vance 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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