Early days in Tyrrell and Washington Counties in North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 54-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's 1851 Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA, first published in 1939; and A New Geography of North Carolina, a project started in the 1950s. 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: Tyrrell County -- Columbia (county seat), Gum Neck, and Kilkenny. Washington County --Plymouth (county Seat), Creswell, Mackeys, and Roper. Among the many subjects included are: Geological and Physical features, such as Albemarle Sound, Phelps and Pungo lakes, the Alligator River and Batchelor's Bay; Members of the General Assembly from Tyrrell and Washington Counties before 1851; Early notables -- Colonel Richard Buncombe, the Pettigrew family, R.K. Jagars, H.E. Smith, Isaac Meekins, Dr. Edward Warren, Dr. Abner Alexander, Lt. Colonel William Beasley, Augustin Daly, and Dr. Julian Picot; Early settlers; Transportation, ferries, roads and bridges; Fishing and Hunting; Lumber and Agriculture; Scuppernong and other experimental farms; Revolutionary and Civil War periods, including the battles at Plymouth and the armored ram "Albemarle"; School innovations; Buncombe Hall, when the county disappeared for a year, Spanish Flu epidemic, an investment that was no red herring, and other curious bits of history and trivia. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Tyrrell and Washington Counties, NC
Sources: History of Tyrrell County North Carolina / History of Washington 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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