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I found this interesting detail of Piedmont North Carolina on a 1778 map of the eastern United States published in Paris: The French phrase at the center translates to something like “New Garden where the non-conformists meet.” New Garden was a town at the time — the name was later changed to Guilford College and […]

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Where The Heel?

The North Carolina Collection is a treasure trove of interesting and fun items (as well as an excellent research library–if we do say so ourselves). As a way of sharing some of these items, we are starting a “Where The Heel?” contest. Inspired by a similar feature in a 1937 issue of The State magazine […]

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In addition to cities such as New York, Paris, and London, the renowned nineteenth-century conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, also toured the American South. The “United Twin Brothers” visited Chapel Hill and nearby Hillsborough in October 1834. There have been numerous stories, books, plays, and even a musical written about the two and their […]

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  April 4, 2008 marks the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. These images were taken in Burlington, North Carolina at a tribute to Dr. King’s life held just days after Dr. King was killed. They come from the Edward J. McCauley (b.1926–d.2003) […]

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This Month in North Carolina History At their annual meeting in April 1854, the stockholders of the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road Company celebrated the completion of their wooden highway. The longest plank road ever built in North Carolina, the Fayetteville and Western stretched 129 miles from the Market House in Fayetteville to the village […]

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