Stokes County

With Danbury as its county seat, Stokes County lies in the north Piedmont and adjacent to the Virginia border.  The county was named after a Revolutionary Patriot, Captain John Stokes.  


Tar Heels of The Past: Quotes and Corruption

Many times, nothing proves a point better than a good quote. Anything else—a paraphrase or an explanation—only dampens a literary passage’s verve or weakens an argument’s persuasiveness. So with brief contextual background, here are four quotes from North Carolinians regarding the importance of liberty and the imperative to defend it against corrupt government.


Chatham County (1771)

Home of B. Everett Jordan Lake, the Carnivore Preservation Trust, and the famous and perplexing Devil Tramping Grounds, Chatham County was annexed from Orange County in 1771 as a result of the War of the Regulation.  Chatham County received is named after William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. He was one of the few British statesmen to defend the American colonists’ rights in Parliament prior to the Revolution.


Hoke County

Formerly comprising parts of Cumberland and Robeson counties and named after a famous North Carolinian and former Confederate general, Hoke County was established in 1911.  Two previous attempts had failed.


Henderson County

Henderson County’s boundary has changed considerably since its establishment in 1838, with the formation of Polk County and Transylvania County.  The location of its county seat, Hendersonville, sparked a raging political firestorm that pitted the Road Party against the River Party.


Nutbush Address (1765)

In the year Wilmingtonians and North Carolina Sons of Liberty groups protested the Stamp Act, North Carolinia freemen in the Piedmont protested county clerks, lawyers, and sheriffs’ abuses of power and demanded that their constitutional rights be observed.


"Black Second" Congressional District, 1872-1901

North Carolina’s Second Congressional District, widely known as the “Black Second” during the late 19th century, became the state’s first black-majority district in 1872.  As reconfigured by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, based on the 1870 census, the Second District encompassed many of the state’s black-majority counties in the northeastern region, and its Republican voters elected four African American congressmen to a total of seven terms between 1874 and 1898.


Alamance, Battle of

On a field in Piedmont North Carolina, Regulators clashed with North Carolina militia on May 16, 1771.  As time would tell, the Battle of Alamance and the swift execution of certain Regulators ended the Regulator movement in Piedmont North Carolina. Yet a distrust of a far, away power remained


Few, James (1746-1771)

A Regulator leader from the Hillsborough area, James Few was executed the next day after the Battle of Alamance. He had earned a reputation for "promoting the disturbance of the country."