Gaston County, in the rolling hills of North Carolina’s southern Piedmont, is a treasure-trove of amazing sights and fascinating history.
In this readable, skillfully researched volume, historian Rita Wehunt-Black rediscovers the rich heritage of Gaston County, from the original European settlements in the eighteenth century to the growth of mill villages in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and into the modern day. Revel in the colonial and Revolutionary War history of what once was known as Old Tryon Countya county of gold mines that dotted the land around Kings Mountainand of All Healing Springs, first discovered by Native Americans and later used by Victorian spa visitors. Whether you are from Gastonia, Cherryville, Bessemer City, Belmont or any of the other wonderful communities that make up this county, this book will reacquaint you with the place you call home.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Rita Wehunt-Black graduated from Sacred Heart College in Belmont, NC in 1972 with a BA in Education and History. She received her MA in Education with a minor in Mathematics from Appalachian State University in 1979. She was an educator with the Lincoln County school system for 28 years. Currently, she volunteers as the Coordinator of Exhibits and Archives at the Cherryville Historical Museum in Gaston County, NC.
Table of Contents
The Lay of the Land 15
The Scots-Irish and the Carolina Backcountry 19
Pathfinders, Pioneers and Patriots 25
Iron Furnaces and Gold in Gaston County 41
Taking the Waters 49
The German Migration 59
The Early Mills 83
It Takes a (Mill) Village 91
Towns and Communities in Gaston County 113
Selected Bibliography 151