Salisbury Journals

5 of the 22 Pt. 2

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A September 2006 trip to Salisbury by vampirefan

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Quote: Covering 600 years of history, North Carolina has designated 22 places as Historic sites. These are 5 of them.

NC Transportation Museum

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Of all the places included in the historic sites program, the NC Transportation Museum is one of the largest and most popular. It is located in historic Spencer right next door to the equally historic town of Salisbury. At one time this area of the country was a major hub for the Southern Railway company as it was the halfway point between Atlanta and DC. In the mid 1800’s the railroad located here in Spencer and was named after the company’s first President, Samuel Spencer. In 1896 they opened the first Spencer shops, which included 3 buildings. The 15-stall roundhouse, the machine shop, and the blacksmiths shops were the first of the shops to be built for the complex. By 1940 the Spencer...Read More

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NC Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer 28159
(704) 636-2889

Reed Gold Mine

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When you think of the first gold found in the US, you probably think of 1849 when the gold rush began in California. You think of places like San Francisco which began as a gold town, the "49 miners", and Levis. Well if you do…you would be wrong. Gold was actually discovered by a young Conrad Reed 50 years before the famed California gold rush in 1799. The Reed family lived in Midland NC only a mere 20 minutes from my house.   John Reed was a Hessian Solder who had left the war effort after the Revolutionary War. Like many other Germans, he decided to settle in the Piedmont section of NC. He soon would settle into his new life as a farmer, like most of the people in the area. But one nice...Read More

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Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, North Carolina 28107
(704) 721-4653

Town Creek Indian Mound

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Before Sir Walter Raleigh, or anyone else for the fact, even remotely considered stepping foot in what would become North Carolina, the Natives called this home. Sadly today this is the only historical site dedicated to these people.   In about 1200 AD, a new group of settlers arrived in the Pee Dee River Valley. These natives lived and shared their agriculture life on what was to be eventually established as North Carolina. This group was know as the South Appalachian Missippi and this culture spread throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, western NC, and southern NC Piedmont (the area where I reside). This society built mounds for the spiritual and political leaders, and ...Read More

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Town Creek Indian Mound
509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mount Gilead, North Carolina 27306
(910) 439-6802

NC Transportation Museum Pt. 2

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Today the museum is a mecca for transportation and history buffs alike. Young or old, transportation fan or not, history lover, or the curios will be delighted by this unique place. When you first pull into the parking lot you will find the visitors center. This 1898 building is known as Barber Junction and was original a passenger station in Barber NC and was moved to the site in 1980. Here you can purchase tickets for the train ride as well as pick up a very comprehensive map of the compound. There are restrooms located here as well and this is where you board the train when you are ready for your ride. They also have one of the penny machines that will squash a penny flat and leave a design on it (...Read More

Reed's Gold Mine Pt. 2

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The men first stuck with placer mining which is just digging up gold from the ground. They dug around the Little Meadow Creek in an area now known as the potato patch. In 1825 underground mining began after a local farmer named Matthias Barranger discovered gold in the white quartz rocks. In 1831 Reed and his investors followed suit and his underground mining quickly became quite profitable. In 1834 the discovery of a 13 pound nugget left the partners disgruntled in how to divide the nugget. It closed the mine for 10 years while the family battled in country. It was settled prior to Johns’ death in 1845 at age 88.   John died quite a wealthy man from his gold prospecting. His home include...Read More

Town Creek Indian Mound Pt. 2

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Today there are 4 structures for visitors to see. 1) The guard tower is passed through in order to get inside the field. There is a protective stockade made of pointed logs that surround the site. There are two towers today, and visitors enter the north tower. The lookout tower would have been used to see who was approaching the site. 2) The Mortuary was the same thing as a mortuary was today. Each clan would have their own structure to be used for burials. Today the present-day visitors will find an A/V program to guide you through a Native funeral. 3) The town house and mound. This is the most import building here is built on top of other huts that had collapsed. This was the ceremonial and pol...Read More

The NC Historic Sites Program

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Way before the white man arrived and the first English settlers placed their pilgrim square toed shoes on the ground of what would become my beloved state of North Carolina there were the Native Americans. Because we are one of the 13 original colonies, we have a lot of history and a lot of reason to celebrate. So the NC Historic Sites program offers an inside of NC for the past 600 years or so. While Native Americans are to often left out of the history of many places, at least one of the historic sites does honor the real first Americans. In 1955 there were seven historical properties that were once state parks and now would be part of the NC Department of Archives and History. Thi...Read More