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Old 12-24-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I am born and bred all my life on history of North Carolina, and always fascinated or refreshed on the history of what makes North Carolina what it is today.
I remember way back in elementary school, being taught about North Carolina history from back in those days learning what plants are native, to middle school learning how this state was founded, to high school learning how this state government works.

Today I try explore historical sites from Ft. Fisher to Cherokee, Im fascinated not just the state history but the impact on local history. I love the tobacco leaf barns, covered bridges, folklore's like Devil Tramping Ground that a teacher in my fifth grade telling. I visited it a couple years ago. I was highly disappointed in it but interesting at same time.


So im curious, what do you know about North Carolina history, when did you start exploring and what do you find fascinating or interesting?

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Old 12-24-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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One of the first historical signs I saw in my adopted town of Franklin described the Battle of Echoe in 1758 during the French and Indian War. It told of how Colonel Montgomery lead troops out of "96" in South Carolina up through the Rabun Gap where they fought and defeated the Cherokee. Being curious, I looked up 96 and found it to be a national historic site in the South Carolina upstate where the star fort of that day is preserved.

"The unusual name was given by early traders in the 1700s because they mistakenly believed it was the number of miles to the Cherokee village of Keowee in the upper South Carolina foothills. After its naming, many other places in South Carolina adopted this "mileage from Keowee" in their names, e.g., the early town of Six Mile in Pickens County.

By the mid-1700s, European colonists found it a favorable place to settle. During Ninety Six's early days, troubles with local Indians increased. In 1760, Cherokees twice attacked Fort Ninety Six, built for the settlers' protection."

There is just so much history all over these states it's hard to try to get it all in, but it sure is interesting!
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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Thanks for sharing, the first discovery history is fascinating. I remember last summer visting Daniel Boone State Park in Davidson County. There is cave their he would use to hide from the indians or elements. It has a hole on the backside of the rock.
Until I visited the park, I didnt know he was just a kid so now im curious how old was he when he was in NC.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:12 AM
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Well, "history" has never been one of my favorite topics, as it is usually intertwined with wars, battles, and such ... something I deplore about the human race.

But I DO find many things about my new home interesting ... things like the fact that the Venus Fly Trap's native home is right here (and ONLY) in NC (well, maybe a bit in SC, too), and it has only a small footprint of about 75 miles in diameter. Amazing! It has always been one of my favorite plants. And to think, I am now living where it is found naturally.

Sticking with botany, I find the plant life here amazing. The leaves on some of the trees around my home are larger than anything I have ever seen ... oaks especially, whose leaf sizes are at least 4 times what they are up north. And my next-door neighbor has a wealth of knowledge about what grows well here (garden-wise) and what does not. Wish I listened more closely as I planted our first garden the summer before last. It might've done better ;-)

I also love reading about the geology of the state, and understanding how the state is naturally laid out.

So, no, history does not "do it" for me, but I find many things about NC extremely interesting, and hope to continue my journey learning more.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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It includes today and not all this state history involves battles this includes how Greensboro is also known as gate city due to most of roads was stage coat paths.

This thread can be anything anyone has learned and find interesting in this state too like as you mention plant.

This is interesting read on the Carolina Flying squirrel.
Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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Good topic Sunny, I am interested to learn what newcomers latch onto as they settle into our great state.

My son married a girl from Indiana and they live in Charlotte area. She has taken to southern living and wants to learn all she can about the state and its history, cultural, geological.

I think a trip to Judaculla rock is up next.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Thanks for sharing, the first discovery history is fascinating. I remember last summer visting Daniel Boone State Park in Davidson County. There is cave their he would use to hide from the indians or elements. It has a hole on the backside of the rock.
Until I visited the park, I didnt know he was just a kid so now im curious how old was he when he was in NC.
The Boones & related families moved down from Pennsylvania. Most were Quakers. They were among a group who came down from the Shenandoah Valley after leaving Pennsylvania. The families left a trail of family members along the way. This group settled a bit west of the larger group of Quakers when they got down to NC. This particular group included the Boones, Webbs, Beasons, and the Mordecai branch of Mendenhalls which was different than the James Mendenhall group that settled on the Deep River.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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I love NC history too. I had such great enthusiastic history teachers.

I don't think people who move here care about all that as much as I do, but my family history goes back to before the Revolution. It has meaning for me that I really don't expect others to share.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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I am born and bred all my life on history of North Carolina, and always fascinated or refreshed on the history of what makes North Carolina what it is today.
I remember way back in elementary school, being taught about North Carolina history from back in those days learning what plants are native, to middle school learning how this state was founded, to high school learning how this state government works.

Today I try explore historical sites from Ft. Fisher to Cherokee, Im fascinated not just the state history but the impact on local history. I love the tobacco leaf barns, covered bridges, folklore's like Devil Tramping Ground that a teacher in my fifth grade telling. I visited it a couple years ago. I was highly disappointed in it but interesting at same time.


So im curious, what do you know about North Carolina history, when did you start exploring and what do you find fascinating or interesting?
I learned basics of NC history in grade school. I learned a lot when I found families who came to colonial NC while doing genealogy.

A good read is Jimmy Carter's book, the Hornet's Nest. It's factual with a fictional story woven through it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Good topic Sunny, I am interested to learn what newcomers latch onto as they settle into our great state.

My son married a girl from Indiana and they live in Charlotte area. She has taken to southern living and wants to learn all she can about the state and its history, cultural, geological.

I think a trip to Judaculla rock is up next.
she should subscribe to Our State magazine then. It is a mighty fascinating blend of old and new.
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