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Archive for July, 2009

The postcard above shows the Orange County Courthouse and dates to ca. 1905-1915. The clock in the clocktower is said to have been a gift to the town by King George III in 1789, however, the history of the clock remains somewhat murky.  According to two histories of the town of Hillsborough (Nash’s Hillsboro, Colonial […]

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After reading this morning’s News & Observer story about the nearly-gone community of Lockville, I went looking for it in the historic maps on the North Carolina Maps site. I found it first on this 1870 map of Chatham County, commanding a prominent place along the Deep River next to the now also largely-forgotten town […]

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On this day in 1820: The Star of Raleigh reports that serial husband Anthony Metcalf has been jailed in Roxboro: “It is hoped some of the friends of the numerous women he has married (to say nothing of his other offences) will come forward and prosecute him…. “As far as the history of his life is […]

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This homage to the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon is posted at the approximate time Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the lunar surface.  Did you know, however, that before Armstrong made that famous footprint, he—and almost every National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut—walked the grounds of UNC-Chapel Hill? From 1959 through […]

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I recently came across the postcard of the High Point’s Chamber of Commerce offices, otherwise known as the  “World’s Largest Bureau of Information.”  It’s a linen postcard, which dates it to ca. 1930-1945.  Benjamin Brigg’s 2008 book on The Architecture of High Point, North Carolina provides a good history and analysis of the building. The […]

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A real photo postcard, taken by E.C. Eddy, shows a Schooner Day parade in Southern Pines, but none of us here in the NCC are familiar with the celebration. There’s a reference to Schooner Day in Stephen Masengill’s book, Around Southern Pines.  It says that it was an annual event where participants rode in a […]

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” ‘He insults every white man by making negroes their equals,’ shouted the Wilmington Journal, ‘and sits at Washington joking over the downfall of a Republic ruined by his vile attempt to carry out the disgusting and beastly doctrine of a miscege nation.’ “The Charlotte Whig…  reported ominously that ‘as soon as Lincoln had sent […]

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I noticed this the other day as I was looking for something totally unrelated! Can you tell me what is wrong?

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“….The epithets ranged from mere familiar cognomens intended to bring him into contempt, like ‘Abraham,’ ‘Uncle Abe’ (cf. ‘Adolf,’ ‘Uncle Joe’) and ‘Old Abe’ to names carrying with them the imputation of meanness of character, physical ugliness, despotic pretensions: ‘The Criminal,’ ‘The Perjurer and Murderer,’ ‘The Widow-Maker,’ ‘Lying Fiend,’ ‘Vulgar Buffoon,’ ‘The Illinois Blackguard,’ ‘Vulgar […]

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Vacation Time

As has previously been mentioned, our current staff-picks display is on “summer.” The entries, which we have shared on our FaceBook fan page, cover topics such as good summer reads, summer-themed movies, and fly fishing. My two picks were movies: I Know What You Did Last Summer (filmed in North Carolina) and Junebug (set in […]

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