Early days in Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Counties in North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 69-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from four 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: Hoke County -- Raeford (county seat) and McCain; Robeson County -- Lumberton (county seat), Fairmont,Lumber Bridge, Maxton, Orrum, Parkton, Pembroke, Red Springs, Rowland, St. Pauls, ; Scotland County -- Laurinburg (county seat), East Laurinburg, Gibson, Johns, Laurel Hill, Old Hundred, Riverton, Spring Hill, and Wagram. Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features, such as the Sandhills and the Flatwoods, the Carolina Bays, Lumber River and Lowry Swamp; Members of the General Assembly from Robeson County before 1851; Industries, Agriculture; the Piney Bottom Massacre during the Revolution, Blue's Battleground in the Civil War, and the post-war invasion of carpetbaggers; Early settlements; the Coming of the Railroad; Schools, including Raeford Institute, Floral College, Pembroke State College for Indians, and St. Andrews Presbyterian College; Gov. A.W. McLean, Martin McCall, Col. Thomas Robeson, James Lytch, Colin Lindsay, and John Charles McNeill; the Henry Berry Lowry Gang; Churches; Medicine; Newspapers; Airpine, an early industrial park; Croatoans and the Lost Colonists; a unique way to avoid complaints, stories about place names, swapping horses in the dark, and other curious, sometimes humorous, bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt is a brief sketch of Alfred Rowland. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Hoke Robeson and Scotland Counties, NC
Sources: History of Hoke County North Carolina / History of Robeson County North Carolina / History of Scotland 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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