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CATAWBIANA--The History of Catawba County, NC
 

The study of a people and their culture, heritage and history, specifically relating
to those who settled in the beautiful Catawba Valley as early as the 1740's.


They were composed of two major and distinct groups of settlers:

1. Northern Irish (Orangemen, Presbyterians, Scot-Irish), English, and Scottish; the English-speaking community settling generally in the SE portion of present Catawba County.
 
2. The German-speaking community, generally settling in the higher ground in Catawba County, land which resembled the Rhine Valley of French Germany. They were generally composed of Swiss, Rhenish Palatines, Saxons and others; they were Anabaptists, Mennonites, Moravians, Dunkards, Lutheran, Reformed and other Protestant followings.
 

Both ethnic groups generally followed the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania.


 This is a small representation of Catawba County's past, encompassing the
towns, people, events and history of this beautiful part of the Piedmont.

We named our county, river and valley ... CATAWBA.


Here are some selected events and resources that will help
you better understand the history of the people and the land.

  Catawba County Bastardy Bonds

1782-1841

Catawba Valley Water Courses
  Catawba CountyMaps -
     R.A. Yoder Map of 1886
     State Highway map of 1938
     Highway Culture Map of 1968

     Land Grant Maps of the Catawba Valley
  Catawba Valley Families
  Catawba Valley Wine Making
  Catawba Co. Post Offices  < more details > <even more>
1741

North Carolina Marriage Bonds

1752

Matthew Wilson arrives in America

1789

History of Crowderstown

1798

History of St. John's Lutheran Church

1842

The Formation of Catawba County

1853

Balls Creek Camp Meeting   Balls Creek School

1865-2004

The Courthouse Cannon
1869

Formation of Clines Township

1871

History of Conover

1875-1933

History of Concordia College

1879-2004

Catawba Valley newspapers

ca. 1880

Rambling Historical Facts of Jacobs Fork Township

1880

Townships of Catawba County

1880

Establishment of Piedmont Wagon Co.

1891

Founding of Lenoir-Rhyne College

1894

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge {X} {X}

ca. 1896

Adolphus D. Herman Home

1906

Historical Sketch or the town of Edith

1908

Murder in the Sunday School

1909

Concordia School, Conover

ca. 1910

Conover's First Bank

ca. 1910

Main Street, Conover

1912

Hickory’s First Airplane Flight

1915

First Saloon and Printing Office

ca. 1915

Downtown Conover

1916

The Great Flood

1916-1969

Conover Graded School

ca. 1920

Edgar Vance Little Home

1933

Death of beloved Dr. Fred T. Foard

1939-1962

A History of Catawba County Baseball-The N-C Twins

1941

Canova Theater, Conover

1940's-60s

City Pharmacy - Newton

1941

Governor Hoey Visits Conover

1944

The Miracle of Hickory-the Great Polio Epidemic

1945

Conover Scouts Respond to War Effort

1950's

Newton-Conover High School

1960's

Conover Swimming Pool

1960's

Charlie's Bait Shop (former Conover City Hall)

- 1975

Conover Railroad Station

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