Category Archives: Brackett Town Saga

Episode 1: Vein Mountain Road runs Nanney to Nanney

Since I have promised my near neighbors to include their stories in this blog, we must depart Nanneytown. However, we cannot cross the county line of McDowell and Rutherford without mentioning again the historical impact of gold mining in this area. Indeed, Thermal City Gold Mine … Continue reading

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Chapter 35: Round Hill Transition

My last post introduced you to the exciting new educational opportunity at Round Hill Academy opened in 1899. Union Mills was a leader in NC college preparatory studies. In 1911 McDowell County followed their lead and offered instruction four years beyond the … Continue reading

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Chapter 34: Round Hill Academy

Alert: This is a long post. Grab a snack. In the late 1800’s there were several one-room school houses in North Carolina. According to my teacher/author friend Gretchen Griffith in Lessons Learned (the story of the history of Pilot Mountain … Continue reading

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Chapter 24: A Country that Honors the Elusive Rule of Law

Genealogy work is tedious. Much of it is sifting through wills and public documents to take advantage of the cumbersome court system that provides a spotlight on status changes, past activities and personal bumps in the road. Much of it is mundane, but there are … Continue reading

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Chapter 23: It’s Not Just a Name

At the time of the first census in 1790, our new country was taking shape not only in the coastal regions where Loyalists had to play nice with the victorious Patriots, but also in the hills of western North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Chapter 13: A Bright New Day for Gold Mining

Remnants of a local gold stamp mill will be preserved on McDowell County land whose history unites last year’s Brackett Town series of this blog with the current Nanney Saga. According to an article in McDowell News on May 25, 2014, … Continue reading

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Chapter 8: Garden Spot of the World

From last post, I continue Wade Nanney’s story about Ole Man Adair coming home from California in the 1850’s. He travelled from San Francisco around the tip of South America to make port in Charleston. And he wore an overcoat the … Continue reading

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Chapter 7: From Buckett Hill to Round Hill

Before the well-documented gold strike in California in 1849, North Carolina was the gold mining capital of the country. Along with nearby Vein Mountain and Dysartsville, the area around Brackett Town was the center. (See Brackett Town Saga Part #3) My … Continue reading

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Part 25: Memory Quilts

Ten years ago, when Nora and Richard Worthen retired and built their home on land that was part of the old Sprouse farm on Brackett Town Road, they became interested in preserving the memories of the area. One day they made … Continue reading

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Part 24: Memorial Service

Before I left Brice’s home on my last visit, a young man knocked on the door. He and Brice went through the how-is-so-and-so conversation, indicating they had a long history. The young man wanted to borrow a tractor. It hadn’t … Continue reading

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