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Hometown history lesson

Posted August 22, 2011

It’s back to school week. We’re reaching out to our students on Hometown Hello with a daily history lesson at 7:10 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. in WRAL News on Fox 50. Each morning we are highlighting towns where major historical events happened in our state. Tell me what you think of the following list. What towns should be included next week as we continue our Hometown History Lesson? Thanks for your input!



-England’s first New World settlement 1584-1590

-The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

-The Elizabethan Gardens

-Home of Elizabeth II – sailing ship



Kill Devil Hills

-Wright Brothers National Memorial

-first flight in 1903

-wind almost always blows here

-place of soft landings




-Reed Gold Mine

-1st documented gold discovery in US

-students can visit the mine

-Where 12 year old Conrad Reed discovered 17 lb. gold rock



Kings Mountain

-Overmountain Men & other Patriot troops defeated British in 1780

-Turning point of Revolutionary War in the South

-battle lasted just over an hour

-British commander Patrick Ferguson was killed




-Bennett Place farm

-scene of largest Confederate surrender in Civil War

-April 26, 1865

-surrender came 17 days after Appomattox Courthouse surrender in VA.


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  • history6557 Aug 24, 2011

    Correction: Wentworth- not "Wemtworth"

  • history6557 Aug 24, 2011

    Fort Fisher, near Kure Beach, the site of the most decisive battle and subsequent campagin fought in North Carolina during the Civil War. Deserving to be a National Historic Military Park but sadly only an underfunded state historic site.

    Werntworth, seat of Rockingham County, where the famed educational crusade of Gov. Charles B. Aycock was formally launched in 1902 with a rally at the local public school.

  • genegeneandnancy Aug 23, 2011

    Asheville, NC: Battle of Asheville fought in April, 1865

  • TheDude abides... Aug 23, 2011

    Louisburg- First Confederate Flag designed (not the Battle Flag)

  • thefensk Aug 23, 2011

    I'd include Duke Homestead on the Durham history stop. Like it or not, the tobacco business born there was a key point in the state's history.

  • sassysewer Aug 23, 2011

    How about Fremont? Charles B. Aycock's birthplace is there. While he was governor, he implemented a push to build schools, with a total that averaged one school building for each day he was in office.

  • jonathanricks Aug 22, 2011

    Warren County was once a very wealthy area and tourist attraction. Hotels surrounded the many natural springs that were believed to heal. Robert E. Lee's daughter was visiting Warren County when she became sick and died. She was buried here in Warren County off of Highway 401 near the Franklin County border.

  • lonewolf27592 Aug 22, 2011

    hla is right! One of our places in history is because of Halifax! As I learned it, the first, formal declaration of independence from Great Britain is in this document. IMHO, it should be at the top.

  • hla Aug 22, 2011

    Don't forget Halifax- April 12, 1776, the Hallifax Resolves

  • heelsrule Aug 22, 2011

    Most people don't know that the War of Northern Aggression actually ended in Durham. This was a much larger surrender that Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.




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