41 Page Illustrated
Early days in Rockingham
County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new
41-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
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.
Some of the places
mentioned in the booklet include:
Wentworth (the county seat), Reidsville, Madison,
Mayodan, Stoneville, Ruffin, Stacey, Thompsonville, Price, Draper,
Leaksville and Spray.
Among the many subjects
included are: Physical features,
such as Matrimony Creek and the Dan River; Members of the General
Assembly from Rockingham County before 1851; Judge Thomas Settle;
William Byrd; Judge Thomas Ruffin; Industry (Union Carbide, Marshall
Field, American Tobacco Co., etc.); Agriculture; Religion and Education;
Indians and artifacts; Five governors -- Alexander Martin, John
Morehead, David Settle Reid, Alfred Scales and Robert Glenn; the
Polly Scott Inn; the "bateaux" boats; Stories about place
names; "Jackson" -- the biggest swindle in the county,
the town that moved, a muddy horse race, and numerous other interesting
bits of history and trivia.
The Dowd excerpts
are biographies of Alfred Moore Scales and David Settle Reid. The
WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage
point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
North Carolina booklets are a good resource for learning about the
history, geography and social climate of places where you or your
ancestors have lived or for places you plan to visit.
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