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How to Build a Really Good Log Cabin

Joel McClendon’s cabin, built around 1760, still stands at the head of the creek that bears his name.  Elsewhere in the western parts of North Carolina there are other such homes, many of them built in the 18th century and occupied till the 20th.  They are nothing like the dirt-floored shacks of the early Virginia […]

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History Invented: A Con Man Reports on the Colonists

“John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth” was an Englishman who traveled through North Carolina and other places before and during the Revolution.  He later published his observations on the unruly colonists in a lively and well-written book called A Tour in the United States of America, which is often quoted or excerpted in the accounts of other […]

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