Early days in Orange County, North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 80-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: Hillsboro or Hillsborough (county seat), Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Efland, Piney Prospect. Among the many subjects included are: Pre-Revolution conflicts with the Crown; a lengthy and detailed document by Herman Husbands of grievances and incidents involving The Regulators prior to the American Revolution and leading up to that conflict; Biographical information on Colonel Edmund Fanning (a distinguished Tory), Gov. Thomas Burke, Alexander Mebane, General Francis Nash, Major Pleasant Henderson, Archibald Debrow Murphy, William Norwood, William Montgomery, Frederick Nash, John Lancaster Baily, William Alexander Graham, Wilie Person Mangum, Dr. James S. Smith, John Scott, the Rev. George Micklejohn, George Moses Horton, Dr. Elisha Mitchell; Members of the House of Commons from 1776 to 1835, and to the General Assembly from 1777 to 1850; Geological and Physical features; Revolutionary Times; the University of North Carolina; the Union League and the Ku Klux Klan; Religion and Education; Agriculture and Industry; Historic homes; the mystery of Peter Dromgoole, Gimghoul Castle, the old "Carrboro Limited", an unending circus parade, 25 cent love poems, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of John Manning, Henry Kollock Nash, and Armistead Berwell. 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 Chapel Hill that includes a map and 26 points of interest.
Orange County, NC
Sources: History of Orange 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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