Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on July 31, 2014
As we reach for our beach reads this summer, here’s a look back at what patrons of Raleigh’s public library were reading 75 years ago.
With temperature and humidity stewing along several points above average for July, Raleigh citizens have yet to discard their winter longies, at least as far as reading habits go.
Mrs. James S. Atkinson, librarian at Olivia Raney Library, reports a decline in the number of hot weather readers who say, “It’s too hot for stories of war, social turmoil and governmental confusion. Give me something light, easy on the brain.”
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.
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.