Early days in Wilkes County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 29-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books, the oldest dating from 1851. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA; and A New Geography of North Carolina. 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: Wilkesboro (the county seat), North Wilkesboro, Moravian Falls, Roaring River, Ronda, Boomer, Traphill, Daylo, Lomax, Hays, and Millers Creek. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, including the Blue Ridge; Members of the General Assembly from Wilkes County before 1851; General William Lenoir and the Revolutionary War days; Anderson Mitchell; Owens Knob and other early settlers; Thermal belts; the Civil War; the railroad; Farming and Apple growing; Whiskey production -- legal and illicit; Population and statistics; the flood of 1916; Schools, Religion; colorful tales of Big Ben Cleveland; Gov. Montfort Stokes and family; James Wellborn; "Yarbing," "Angry-Saxons" Post-Civil War bushwackers in the Yadkin Valley, Eng and Chang Bunker, the original Siamese twins, and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Wilkes County, NC
Sources: History of Wilkes 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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