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On this day in 1800: Alfred Moore of New Hanover County, who fought the British as soldier and saboteur during the Revolutionary War, is sworn in as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. President John Adams has appointed Moore to replace the late James Iredell, the only other North Carolinian ever to serve on […]

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On our Facebook page and Twitter feed Wednesday, we shared this quote from former UNC Chancellor Robert B. House. As I saw Franklin Street in 1912, it was a dusty red avenue cut through a forest of magnificent trees….My first impression of Chapel Hill was trees; my last impression is trees….It is no wonder that […]

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From What’s Cook’n at Biltmore. From Favorite Recipes of the Lower Cape Fear. From Soup to Nuts: a Cook Book of Recipes Contributed by Housewives and Husbands of Alamance County and Other Sections of State and Country. From Home Cookin’.

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- We…  object to the reference to Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh as “a sleepy corner of eastern Carolina.” Wake up! Chapel Hill has long been known as the “Intellectual Center of the South.” Get out of your concrete office and come down to visit modern, industrial North Carolina. MARVIN BRODY SONNY EVANS Chapel Hill, […]

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In fall 2010 North Carolina voters ratified a Constitutional amendment forbidding a convicted felon from serving as sheriff. The push for a change to the Constitution was sparked by six felons’ runs for sheriff in spring of 2010. The most notable campaign was that of former Davidson County sheriff Gerald Hege. He was removed from […]

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On this day in 1846: George Donner, born in the part of Rowan County that would become Davidson County, leads a California-bound wagon train out of Springfield, Illinois. The Donner Party will be caught in a weeks-long snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada. Many will die, and some resort to cannibalism. In what is later known […]

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Look closely at the autographs on this first day cover and you’re sure to recognize some familiar names. Yes, that does say Jesse Helms, right alongside Terry Sanford and Jim Martin. And that’s Rufus Edmisten and Jim Hunt near the top. The scribble in the middle is John Edwards. The cover, our April Artifact of […]

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On this day in 1902: In Charlotte, J. Luther Snyder dispenses the first Coca-Cola bottled in the Carolinas. Until now Coke had been available only at soda fountains. Snyder will recall that business is mediocre until the arrival of Prohibition in Charlotte in 1905: “Eighteen saloons, two breweries. . . . I had a terrible […]

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On March 2, 1933, a train pulled into the station in Rocky Mount, unloaded the body of a newlywed septuagenarian… and J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI. Well, the story is a bit more involved, but here goes, according to “J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets” by Curt Gentry (2011): “Tom […]

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The Library of Congress today released online images of more than 1,000 lantern slides of American gardens taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Johnston’s name may be familiar to North Carolinians. Her photographs of North Carolina houses and other buildings, taken from 1935-1938, provide rich documentation of the architectural styles present in the state. They also […]

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