March 2020 D-OGS Meeting: Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it? (Monthly Meetings)
Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?
||04 March 2020
||2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC
||Map to Duke Homestead
||7:00 - 9:00 pm
Few of us have heard of the time when the citizens of now Stanly County almost lost their hard-earned lands to a scheme aimed at funding UNC- Chapel Hill - our state’s first university. And, as events unfold, we learn that some of these folks had earlier come from Orange County. Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00PM at Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC to hear George Thomas present Higher Education: What’s land got to do with it?. George will share an intriguing story of family and of governmental oversight reaching back to a king’s speculative order encouraging the early development of our state’s western reaches. George’s narrative also converges with stories of gold, the burning of Washington D. C. and of a woman who happened to be one of the state’s largest landowners.
I remember my first visit to NC archives following my father’s passing in 1995. Not knowing what to do or how to begin, I was oblivious to the chuckles from the information desk when I extended a greeting …“hello, I’m George Thomas and I’m here to find everything I can about my family.” Both of my parents are rooted in Cabarrus, Stanly, and Union counties and as for me, I grew up in Charlotte. My many trips digging into the various collections housed at archives has given me a solid understanding of the places where my people once lived. Now retired after 34 years in education, I find joy in telling stories revealed from little known legal sources. For me it’s all in the challenge of putting the meat back on the bones of forgotten communities from my distant past. My stories can be found at http://rockyrivernc.com
. I’ve also grown especially fond of all things related to land. I’ve mapped many miles of land grants and deeds and have digitized my plat maps along with corresponding title histories for public consumption. As you will learn from my presentation, understanding land in my neck of the woods is no easy task.
All Durham-Orange Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.