Early days in Lenoir County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 22-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); 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: Kinston (county seat), La Grange and Pink Hill. Among the many subjects included are: Persons associated with the early days of the county -- Hardy B. Croom and William Mosely; Members of the General Assembly before 1851; Physical features; "upponwoc" better known as tobacco; a major meat market; pure air and excellent water; a county born out of tumult; the DuPont Plant; Roads; Industry; Education -- School for aviation cadets, Caswell Training School, etc.; Reconstruction period after Civil War; Captain Jesse Grainger and Luther P. Tapp; Auction warehouses; J.Y Joyner; Religion; Richard Caswell, Lenoir's most famous citizen; the "Exodusters", the Confederate ram "Neuse", two battles for Kinston, why Kinston has no "g", and many other fascinating bits of history and trivia. The WPA excerpt offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Lenoir County, NC
Sources: History of Lenoir 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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