Early days in Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties in North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 55-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: Pasquotank County -- Elizabeth City (county seat), Nixonton; Perquimans County -- Hertford (county seat), Belvidere, Durant's Neck, Harvey's Neck, and Winfall. Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features, such as the Pasquotank, Perquimans, Yeopim and Little Rivers and the Dismal Swamp; Early notables -- John L. Bailey, William Biddle Shepard, John Harvey, Gov. J.C.B. Ehringhaus, Jerome Flora, W.O. Saunders, Herbert Peele, George Durant, Gov. John Jenkins, Thomas Eastchurch, Seth Sothel, Thomas Jarvis, Thomas Harvey, Gen. William Skinner, George Whitfield, Jacob Boyce, William Henry Bagley, CSA, Mrs. Sarah DeCrow (first woman postmaster in America), and Capt. Nat Fulford; Members of the General Assembly from Pasquotank and Perquimans County before 1851; Lumbering, fisheries, and other industries; Military Installations; Agriculture and Contract Farming; Schools, including Elizabeth City State Teachers College; the Elizabeth City High School Band; Capt. Joel Van Sant and the Mothboat; a poem about bull-frogs called "Minstrels of the Pasquotank" by Charles Greaves; Algonquin Indians; an address by Ehringhaus on the Albemarle area; the Culpepper Rebellion; J.C. Blanchard's Department Store; Transportation and Bridges; Churches, such as the Quakers of Belvidere; Vintage homes, including Land's End, Sycamore Grove, Newbold-Whie, Cove Grove, Tucker Farm, and Belvidere Plantation; a monster in missionary's clothing, the right to dance, deserts in the swamp, and other curious, sometimes amusing, bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt is limited to a biography of T.G. Skinner of Hertford. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. It has a separate section on Elizabeth City with a map and 11 points of interest, such as the Miles Clark House.
Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties, NC
Sources: History of Perquimans County North Carolina / History of Pasquotank 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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