North Carolina Historic Sites
North Carolina is home to a dazzling number of preserved historic
sites that have been continuously captivating residents and visitors'
imaginations. These sites have played a role in directing North Carolina
to its present and the state government has been doing their best to
preserve each structure up to smallest artifact, for today's visitors
and future generations to see.
One such site is the Alamance Battleground in Burlington, where an army
of farmers called "Regulators" have formed a revolt against their royal
governor William Tryon in 1771. The Regulators' lack of leadership,
organization and adequate ammunition had to their loss. Nevertheless,
the battle was a very important account, being a stark display of the
commoners' dissatisfaction to the form of leadership that is being
portrayed by the British colonizers. The battle field, marked by a
granite memorial, has been preserved for the visitors to see. A short
DVD presentation called "Alamance" is also available for viewing in the
visitorís center. Octobers in Alamance commences the Colonial Living
Week, an event perfect for educational field trips wherein visitors can
figure out more of the colonial-era through living history
The history of the Reed Gold Mine in Midland started out as an accident
after farmer John Reed's son found a large yellow rock in their farm one
Sunday in 1799. Without any knowledge what this 17 pound-rock is, they
used it as a doorstop on their house until a Fayetteville jeweler
identified the nugget and bought it for a very cheap amount. The
following year, John Reed partnered with three local men, opened the
land and started digging for gold and unraveled more of their projected
treasure. The Reed Gold Mine is the first documented discovery of gold
in the United States. To date, the the mine's underground tunnels have
been restored for guided tours and visitors can take a look at exhibits
of gold and historical mining equipment. Other events in Reed Gold Mine
include the Halloween event, "The Bloody Reign of the Mad Miner" and the
Christmas event, "A Golden Christmas."
Lovers of literature have been finding The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in
Asheville a very significant place. Thomas Wolfe is a significant
contribution in American literature. The novels "Look Homeward Angel"
and "Of Time and the River" immortalized the Victorian structured
boarding house where Wolfe spent his childhood, which he referred as
"Old Kentucky Home" but would then eventually transformed into the
writer's place of memorial. The house was constructed in 1883 by Erwin
E. Sluder. In 1949, eleven years after Thomas Wolfe's death at a young
age of 38, his brothers and sisters sold the house to the Thomas Wolfe
Memorial Association and opened it to the public as a house museum.
Other important historical landmarks in North Carolina include Zebulon
B. Vance Birthplace in Waterville, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mt.
Gilead, Stagville in Durham and Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.