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Archive for June, 2008

Somerset Place | Antebellum North Carolina Plantation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

North Carolina has some wonderful historic sites, one of which is Somerset Place in Washington County. Somerset Place was one of the largest North Carolina Plantations before the Civil War. (The slave population was among the largest in NC). Through most of its existence it was operated by the Collins family. The current Historical Site [...]

Map Page is out for the Time Being | Newsletter starting a bit later in the Summer

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

After the Last WordPress Upgrade the Map page has stopped working and I haven’t had a chance to investigate. I do hope to get it back in use as I really liked the idea of putting either Cemeteries or Historic Sites on the map where you could browse by location. Given that I’ve broadened the [...]

Western North Carolina Cicada (Locust) Invasion Update

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I thought I’d take another sidetrip from the usual Genealogy and History content to talk about “the bugs” again. Back in May I saw the first of the 17 year cicadas (locusts) emerging and mentioned them here. Well, they’re now probably at or just passing their peak for this cycle. They have been in full [...]

Luther Bible donated to Mars Hill College

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

This great news story crossed the wires over the weekend. Elfriede Wilde, who previously lived in Henderson County, NC (and before that had emigrated from Germany) has donated a 1686 Luther Bible to Mars Hill College. The Bible had been passed down to her from her Grandfather and he had acquired it from a friend [...]