Early days in Greene and Pitt Counties in North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 46-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. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Greene County -- Snow Hill (county seat), Hookerton, Walstonburg and Maury. Pitt County -- Greenville (county seat), Farmville, Grifton, Ayden, Bethel, Fountain, Pactolus, Stokes, Falkland, Grimesland, Winterville, Toddy, Logtown, and Arthur or Bellarthur. Among the many subjects included are: County name history -- Johnston to Dobbs to Glasgow to Greene; Bios of General Nathaniel Greene, General Jesse Speight and Dr. Robert Williams; Members of the General Assembly from Greene and Pitt Counties before 1850; Pitt County and the Revolutionary War; Geological and Physical features, such as the Grindle Pocosin, the Tar River and miles of sandy-loam soil; Settlers; Turpentine, Pork and Tobacco; C.I. Hardy -- world's largest individual tobacco planter; "King" Tom Blunt and the Tuscarora Indians; Plantation Life; Religion and the Great Revival; Disastrous fires in Greenville; Education, including Greene Academy and East Carolina College; Railways; a poem by I.T. Kinnin; the unique Carolina Club; a plot overheard, a belfry legend, a "disappearing" river, stories about place names, a visit to Greenville by George Washington (who wasn't too impressed), and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt is a brief biography of Louis Charles Latham. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Greene and Pitt Counties, NC
Sources: History of Greene County North Carolina / History of Pitt 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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