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North Carolina History  

By using outstanding resources, such as the John Locke Foundation sponsored North Carolina History Project, and photos by our publisher, Stan Deatherage, BCN will endeavor to help make history real for our readers, and try to afford them some small measure of understanding where we come from here in the Old North State.

When did North Carolina become known as North Carolina and acquire its modern shape?
 
Located only a few minutes' drive from Statesville is Fort Dobbs - North Carolina's only frontier fort during the French and Indian War
Located only a few minutes' drive from Statesville is Fort Dobbs - North Carolina's only frontier fort during the French and Indian War
 
A reporter for the Western Carolinian of Salisbury in 1825 wrote, "The mining interest of the state is now only second to the farming interest."
A reporter for the Western Carolinian of Salisbury in 1825 wrote, "The mining interest of the state is now only second to the farming interest."
 
Bath, North Carolina a long and cherished history
 
In history books, Anti-Federalists often are depicted as losers during the constitutional ratification debates. But in many ways, they were victorious
In history books, Anti-Federalists often are depicted as losers during the constitutional ratification debates. But in many ways, they were victorious
 
Governor McCrory announced today the lineup of programs that honor the 2016 Black History Month theme, "Hallowed Ground: African-American Memories."
Governor McCrory announced today the lineup of programs that honor the 2016 Black History Month theme, "Hallowed Ground: African-American Memories."
 
Recently I was thumbing through my copy of Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State, an anthology of collected essays by noted historian H. G. Jones. (He wrote a weekly column from 1969-1986.) The editors Randell Jones and Caitlin Jones, unrelated to the history columnist, write that...
Recently I was thumbing through my copy of Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State, an anthology of collected essays by noted historian H. G. Jones. (He wrote a weekly column from 1969-1986.) The editors Randell Jones and Caitlin Jones, unrelated to the history columnist, write that...
 
A poet and writer of many short stories, including the ones using the "Flim Flam Yarn" title, Guy Owen was launched into fame with comical and popular The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man.
A poet and writer of many short stories, including the ones using the "Flim Flam Yarn" title, Guy Owen was launched into fame with comical and popular The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man.
 
Originally, the term "Federalist" referred to supporters of the federal constitution of 1787. The Federalist political party emerged during George Washington's presidency.
Originally, the term "Federalist" referred to supporters of the federal constitution of 1787. The Federalist political party emerged during George Washington's presidency.
 
William Blount, the eldest son of Jacob Blount, Sr., and Barbara Gray Blount, was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, on March 26, 1749.
William Blount, the eldest son of Jacob Blount, Sr., and Barbara Gray Blount, was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, on March 26, 1749.
 
Similar to many other coastal counties, Beaufort County (then known as Pamptecough Precinct) was formed out of the larger Bath County in 1705.
Similar to many other coastal counties, Beaufort County (then known as Pamptecough Precinct) was formed out of the larger Bath County in 1705.
 
In the summer of 1918, five large German submarines (U-boats) crossed the Atlantic and operated against the lightly protected shipping off the North American coast.
In the summer of 1918, five large German submarines (U-boats) crossed the Atlantic and operated against the lightly protected shipping off the North American coast.
 
Born in the small town of Godwin (Cumberland County) in 1900, David Marshall "Carbine" Williams was the creator of the M-1 Carbine, the U.S. Army's favorite semi-automatic rifle during World War II.
Born in the small town of Godwin (Cumberland County) in 1900, David Marshall "Carbine" Williams was the creator of the M-1 Carbine, the U.S. Army's favorite semi-automatic rifle during World War II.
 
Josiah Collins III was born in Edenton, North Carolina in March 1808.
 
Well-known for his popular magazine columns later reprinted in collection form, including Grenadine Etching (1947) and The Old Man the Boy (1957), Robert Ruark became even more of a household name after Something of Value (1955) was turned into a popular 1957 movie.
Well-known for his popular magazine columns later reprinted in collection form, including Grenadine Etching (1947) and The Old Man the Boy (1957), Robert Ruark became even more of a household name after Something of Value (1955) was turned into a popular 1957 movie.
 
Born in Wilmington on December 29, 1915, Robert Chester Ruark was known as the "poor man's Hemingway" and he became one of North Carolina's most prominent twentieth-century writers.
Born in Wilmington on December 29, 1915, Robert Chester Ruark was known as the "poor man's Hemingway" and he became one of North Carolina's most prominent twentieth-century writers.
 
The Cherokee were the first Native American residents of present-day Buncombe County, and German, Scottish, and English settlers inhabited the area in the early to mid-1700s.
The Cherokee were the first Native American residents of present-day Buncombe County, and German, Scottish, and English settlers inhabited the area in the early to mid-1700s.
 
Found in Yancey County, Mount Mitchell is the largest mountain in North Carolina.
Found in Yancey County, Mount Mitchell is the largest mountain in North Carolina.
 
The August 24, 1587 baptism of Virginia Dare, the first English born Christian in the New World. Image courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC.
The August 24, 1587 baptism of Virginia Dare, the first English born Christian in the New World. Image courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC.
 
Although Raleigh did not lead these expeditions to the New World, he funded and authorized them.
Although Raleigh did not lead these expeditions to the New World, he funded and authorized them.
 
Serving on the vestry of Saint Thomas Parish in Bath with the (supposedly hanged) pirate, Edward Salter is Blackbeard's widow's second husband, John Barrow.
Serving on the vestry of Saint Thomas Parish in Bath with the (supposedly hanged) pirate, Edward Salter is Blackbeard's widow's second husband, John Barrow.
 
Blackbeard, if not a native son of the Bath area, was an adopted son with blood relatives living in the area. He had the trust of the local families. He organized a core of about 20 men from the Bath area. The majority of these men were connected by blood.
Blackbeard, if not a native son of the Bath area, was an adopted son with blood relatives living in the area. He had the trust of the local families. He organized a core of about 20 men from the Bath area. The majority of these men were connected by blood.
 
Settlement of he Pamlico area of eastern North Carolina was first attempted by the English when the Lost Colony was established on Roanoke Island in 1585.
Settlement of he Pamlico area of eastern North Carolina was first attempted by the English when the Lost Colony was established on Roanoke Island in 1585.
 
A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment, formally ending legal slavery in this country, is one of them.
A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment, formally ending legal slavery in this country, is one of them.
 
William W. Kitchin received his initial education nearby his birthplace in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He later attended the University of North Carolina and studied law under his father.
William W. Kitchin received his initial education nearby his birthplace in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He later attended the University of North Carolina and studied law under his father.
 
Governor Umstead (pictured here) allowed the "Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education" to respond to the Brown decision. Image courtesy of the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Governor Umstead (pictured here) allowed the "Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education" to respond to the Brown decision. Image courtesy of the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Umstead appointed a biracial committee to study the most effective way to accomplish integration in North Carolina schools.
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Umstead appointed a biracial committee to study the most effective way to accomplish integration in North Carolina schools.
 
Since the landing of English settlers off the coast of what is now North Carolina, midwifery has been practiced.
Since the landing of English settlers off the coast of what is now North Carolina, midwifery has been practiced.
 
Harris Teeter started out as two independent grocery stores. In 1939, Willis L. Teeter and his brother Paul opened Teeters Food Mart in Mooresville with a $1,7000 loan.
Harris Teeter started out as two independent grocery stores. In 1939, Willis L. Teeter and his brother Paul opened Teeters Food Mart in Mooresville with a $1,7000 loan.
 
Although born in Scotland in 1733, Samuel Johnston lived in North Carolina from infancy. Historians have described the native Scot as a "prominent voice for the Patriot cause" who possessed "Revolutionary zeal." Even so, many North Carolinians today are unaware of his illustrious political and legal
Although born in Scotland in 1733, Samuel Johnston lived in North Carolina from infancy. Historians have described the native Scot as a "prominent voice for the Patriot cause" who possessed "Revolutionary zeal." Even so, many North Carolinians today are unaware of his illustrious political and legal
 
Raised in Littleton, North Carolina, Ella Baker graduated valedictorian from Shaw University on 1927.
Raised in Littleton, North Carolina, Ella Baker graduated valedictorian from Shaw University on 1927.
 
Before Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition landed on the Outer Banks in 1585, French and Spanish explorers traveled across modern-day North Carolina and led the European powers in claiming American land.
Before Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition landed on the Outer Banks in 1585, French and Spanish explorers traveled across modern-day North Carolina and led the European powers in claiming American land.
 
John H. Baker served as North Carolina's first African American sheriff. He served in this office for twenty-four years.
John H. Baker served as North Carolina's first African American sheriff. He served in this office for twenty-four years.
 
Lake Phelps in Tyrrell County, first discovered about 1755, is located in the middle of the swampland known as "the Great Eastern Dismal," or the "Great Alligator Dismal."
Lake Phelps in Tyrrell County, first discovered about 1755, is located in the middle of the swampland known as "the Great Eastern Dismal," or the "Great Alligator Dismal."
 
Sacred Heart Cathedral is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, making it the spiritual center for Catholics in eastern North Carolina.
Sacred Heart Cathedral is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, making it the spiritual center for Catholics in eastern North Carolina.
 
Hartford, along with numerous other musicians and historians, believed that Earl Scruggs was the true reason behind bluegrass music and the banjo's popularity and resonance.
Hartford, along with numerous other musicians and historians, believed that Earl Scruggs was the true reason behind bluegrass music and the banjo's popularity and resonance.
 
A Brunswick County native, William Henry Hill was the state's district attorney, a state senator, a University of North Carolina Trustee, and a U.S. Congressman.
A Brunswick County native, William Henry Hill was the state's district attorney, a state senator, a University of North Carolina Trustee, and a U.S. Congressman.
 
After the Civil War, former slaves were encouraged to participate in a free-labor economy. But much of the South lay in ruins. It was difficult to find work, much less start enterprising careers.
After the Civil War, former slaves were encouraged to participate in a free-labor economy. But much of the South lay in ruins. It was difficult to find work, much less start enterprising careers.
 
The first permanent white settler in what is now Tennessee was William Bean, who settled in 1769 on Boone's Creek, near where it flowed into the Watauga River.
The first permanent white settler in what is now Tennessee was William Bean, who settled in 1769 on Boone's Creek, near where it flowed into the Watauga River.
 
The last commander of Fort Fisher before its surrender to occupying Union forces, James Reilly's postwar years reveals the bond that many former Confederate and Union soldiers exhibited during the 1880s and 1890s.
The last commander of Fort Fisher before its surrender to occupying Union forces, James Reilly's postwar years reveals the bond that many former Confederate and Union soldiers exhibited during the 1880s and 1890s.
 
Joseph Eggleston Johnston was born near Farmville, Virginia on February 3, 1807.
 
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