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Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, NC
Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, NC
This is Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, North Carolina. The first gristmill was built here before the Revolutionary War.
Format: image/photograph
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
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
Understanding the complexities of setting
In order to address a variety of learning styles with emphasis upon the tactile learner, students will participate in a class project to construct a wall-sized, three dimensional mural of the setting of the novel, Where the Lilies Bloom. This project cannot be too large (an outside corridor wall is suggested.) The massive size of the mural makes the project distinctly different from similar art projects attempted in the past, it allows students enough space for all of the details desired in the end result of the mural, and it affords enough space for all students in the class to display their work.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
By Pam Altom.
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.
Conservation and capitalism: Focus on primary sources
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.2
This is the second lesson in the Competing Routes unit. In this lesson, students consider whether it is possible to be a conservationist and a capitalist through the lens of Hugh Morton's role in the battle over the Grandfather Mountain link of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These discussions and primary source materials offer a look at the effects of human intervention on nature in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.11
The Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching 469 miles between the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, has offered visitors breathtaking vistas, wilderness access, and a reprieve from fast-paced commercialism since the mid-1930s.
Format: article
The Buncombe Turnpike
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.6
The Buncombe Turnpike began in the early nineteenth century as the Drover's Road through western North Carolina, used to drive livestock to market. The Turnpike brought trade and increased prosperity to the region and especially to Asheville. After the Civil War, economic recession and the rise of railroads led to its decline.
Format: article