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Quaker Meadows

Posted November 9, 2005

“Quaker Meadows” is a marvelous place to visit if you are in the Morganton area. It's not far from the Catawba River. It is a wonderful trip back into time. I wrote a song about Quaker Meadows for my Peaceful Journey CD. The melody came to me after a visit to my ancestral home in Burke County. On this property, under a giant oak tree, Revolutionary War leaders Charles and Joseph McDowell gathered the Overmountain Men in September 1780. Here these courageous patriots crafted plans that led to the defeat of the British at Kings Mountain, the turning point of the war in the South. I dedicated the song to my sister Miriam who inspires me with her passion for history.
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