In full color. The Buckland Manor House was once the seat of the prosperous plantation known as "Buckland" in Gates County, North Carolina. The structure still stands today as an aging and sadly deteriorating reminder of the rise and decline of an agricultural economy dependent upon slave labor.
Buckland Plantation was only one of several plantations once owned by William Baker and his wife, Judith Norfleet, but it was the most endearing, for it was the Baker family land which had been handed down through the family since 1670.
Thomas F. Baker, a descendant of the Bakers of Buckland, NC, spent several years in the early 1980's researching county records and pouring through family writings to put together an accurate history of ownership of the plantation land and the boundaries. Thomas also mapped the results of his research onto modern day maps to illustrate his findings. The results of his research and mapping efforts were compiled in an unpublished work titled "Buckland Plantation 1670-1985."
In 2014, twenty nine years later, the non profit corporation, Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc., partnered with Thomas to publish this book. Thomas subsequently revisited his work and updated it through the year 2014. The published result of their effort is "Buckland Plantation 1670-2014." A portion of the proceeds of each book sale is donated to support the preservation projects of Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc.