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Old Gilliam Mill
Located on Big Pocket Creek, the mill was built by Howell and John Gilliam in 1856. It is one of the largest grist and cotton mills in Central North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Historic Bost Grist Mill
This working grist mill will transport students back to the 1800s and shows how people lived and worked in that time. Originally powered by water, the mill is operated by tractor with a belt and pulley today.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Grist mill
Grist mill
At a grist mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, water flows over the mill wheel. A grist mill is a building where corn or grain is ground into cornmeal or flour. The power of the water causes the mill wheel to turn, which in turn causes a pair...
Format: image/photograph
New machine shop in Plymouth, N.C.
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.11
Broadside advertisement for a machine shop opening in Plymouth, North Carolina, in 1880. Includes historical commentary.
Format: advertisement/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Shore-Styers Mill Nature Park
This primitive site lies alongside a large waterfall, and contains the ruins of a gristmill, circa 1895.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Archibald Murphey
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.4
Archibald Debow Murphey (1777–1832) was a North Carolina state senator and later a Superior Court judge who fought for a comprehensive system of public education, construction of canals and roads, and other progressive reforms.
Format: biography
Historic Yates Mill County Park
The centerpiece of this 574-acre historical and environmental park is Yates Mill - Wake County's last remaining gristmill.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Will of Richard Blackledge, Craven County, 1776
In Colonial North Carolina, page 7.8
Will of a wealthy plantation owner in colonial North Carolina. Includes explanations and photographs of items listed.
Format: will/primary source
Small-town businesses, 1903
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.10
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.5
Excerpts from The North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory, 1903, for the towns of Jefferson and Washington. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Cooleemee's Textile Heritage Center
This historic center was built so that the people of the Carolina mill industry would not be forgotten. The center celebrates and strives to preserve their values and their way of life to share with future generations.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Which side to take: Revolutionary or loyalist?
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.2
During the American Revolution, people living in the American colonies had to choose whether to support the British government or fight for independence. There were many different reasons why colonists chose to be revolutionaries or loyalists. The story of Connor Dowd illustrates that the decision was often complicated.
Format: article
By Carole Watterson Troxler.