Early days in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 92-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: Charlotte (county seat), Pineville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville and Matthews. Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features; Why Mecklenburg County is called "the birthplace of liberty"; Memorial of the Mecklenburg Monumental Association; General William Davidson, General George Graham, Samuel Lowrie, Joseph Wilson, Pres. James Knox Polk, Nathaniel Alexander, William Julius Alexander, Greene Washington Caldwell; the Ladies of Old Mecklenburg; Members of the General Assembly from Mecklenburg County, 1777 to 1850; Industry; Transportation; Agriculture; Superlatives; Gold and the Federal Mint; Medicine; Churches and Charities, including the House of Prayer for All People founded by Bishop C.M. "Daddy" Grace"; Newspapers; Boundary Dispute; Revolutionary, Civil War and WWI periods; Colleges -- Davidson, Queens, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and Johnson C. Smith University; Public Schools; D.A. Tompkins, William S. Lee and Dr. Gill Wylie; A Navy Yard without a port, Jeff Davis' last official meeting,Why Mecklenburg got its notch, Billy Graham's birthplace, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of Gen. Rufus Barringer, Capt. Addison Gorgas Brenizer, William Preston Bynum, A.B. Davidson, John Lewis Brown, Col. William Johnston, S.B. Alexander, Robert Payne Waring, Samuel Wittkowsky, William J. Yates, Luther McKinnon, and W.H. Bailey. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities, such as Sugaw Creek Presyterian Church, and a separate section on Charlotte, including a city map with 18 points of interest.
Mecklenburg County, NC
Sources: History of Mecklenburg 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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