Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 17, 2014
Before it was sold to the Baptist State Convention to serve as a retreat center, Fort Caswell in Brunswick County played a role in both World Wars and defended the Cape Fear River during the Civil War. Louis T. Moore explained some of that history to N&O readers in 1949.
The ancient fort which North Carolina Baptists are turning to peaceful pursuits once stood as a stormy bastion of the Confederacy during the War Between the States. The Confederacy would have owed to the guns of Fort Caswell, Fort Fisher and Fort Johnston its much-needed supplies of foodstuffs, materials, and medicines.
Constructed between 1826 and 1838, Fort Caswell has figured in every American war with the exceptions of the Revolution and the War of 1812.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 4, 2014
Hugh MacRae, a developer and industrialist of the early 20th century, presided over many enterprises in southeastern North Carolina. One of the most interesting was his development of six rural "colonies" staffed by European immigrants in Pender, New Hanover and Columbus counties for experimenting with agricultural practices.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on June 19, 2014
North Carolina of two centuries ago presented an unbroken expanse of long leaf pine. It is doubtful that anywhere in the world there existed so magnificent a forest. Over a territory 300 miles long and more than 100 miles wide, the forest stretched in a green unbroken sea, with here and there rivers up which boats might come for their burdens. North Carolina became the chief turpentine producing territory in the world. The tar went everywhere. Even the Chinese, seeing the well-caulked ships that came from remote ports, coveted our tar and bought it.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on June 12, 2014
Next Friday night Rocky Mount will play host to hordes of young folks from Miami to Washington who will attend the 70th annual June German here. Like all previous Germans, admittance is by invitation only.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on June 5, 2014
Looking back from the 70th anniversary, D-Day seems so long ago. But 35 years ago, it was still fresh in the memories of many who experienced it. Raleigh Times writer Dave Simpson sat down with some veterans in 1979.