Early days in Guilford County, North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 88-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: Greensboro (county seat), High Point, Jamestown, Gibsonville, Glenola, Summerfield, Pleasant Garden, Friendship, Brown Summit, Oak Ridge, Sedalia, Sedgefield, Guilford College and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Among the many subjects included are: Early notables, including Nathan Hunt, Rev. David Caldwell, Alexander Martin, John Motly Morehead, Dolly Madison, and the remarkable Peter Francisco; Lord Cornwallis and the British army against General Greene and the patriots at the battle at Guilford Court House with official documents and letters from both sides describing the conflict; Members of the Assembly from Guilford County between 1777 and 1850; Richard Mendenhall, a Quaker slaveholder; Civil War days and post-war riots; Industries, agriculture, religion and education; Geological and Physical features; a visit from George Washington, quail shooting, a log cabin college, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of Walter Pharr Caldwell, David F. Caldwell, John A. Gilmer, Rev. Jacob Henry Smith, J.T. Morehead, Julius A. Gray, Robert Paine Dick, and David Schenck. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities -- with a separate section on Greensboro that includes a map and 16 points of interest.
Guilford County, NC
Sources: History of Guilford 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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