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Greased Logs and Broadswords at Moore’s Creek Bridge

Flora MacDonald, the Jacobite heroine who had saved the life of Bonny Prince Charlie after his defeat at the battle of Culloden, and her husband Allan MacDonald, who had fought on the side of the English against the Prince, arrived in the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina in 1774.  They were accompanied by a […]

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Kilts on the Cape Fear

The most interesting thing about the Highland Scots who began arriving in Cumberland County, North Carolina in the 1750s is how quickly they were corrupted by the Americans. They came by the thousands, rowing 90 miles up the Cape Fear river in log canoes.  Most of them came from the western islands, the large majority […]

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