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By , July 14, 2013

January 2013 newsletter

By , July 14, 2013

January 2013 newsletter

January 2013 Newsletter

By , July 14, 2013

January 2013 newsletter

Query: Scarlett, Lockhart, Holloway

By , April 1, 2013

4/1/2013 10:16:54

Herb Englishman

5 Peridot Place

Durham, N. C. 27703



“I am currently researching the SCARLETT, LOCKHART, HOLLOWAY families of the Eno Community. If anyone out there has any information to share please contact me. Anything I publish will be donated to the Libraries in the area.


The Durham County Library has copies of my work on the COLE, BREEZE, SYNNOTT, and CABE Family of the area .”



If you have information on the above persons, or access to relevant records, feel free to leave a REPLY below.

Query: Old Cemetery

By , February 4, 2013

2/4/2013 14:49:17
James Gallagher
Durham, NC 27713



I was walking my dog a couple weeks ago when I stumbled across an old cemetery in my neighborhood, and I would like to learn more about it.

The cemetery is located across the street from Kingdom Hall Church at 3302 Silver Star Dr. in Durham, 27713.

I found two intact headstones and several metal headstones with glass covers over paper names. There are also a couple of rows of indentions in the ground, which I assume to be other burial sites. Most of the dates I can read are from the 1920s or so.

Any help you can offer would be appreciated. And if you need more information, I can go back there and write down any names and dates I see.

Thank you,
James ”



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By , April 11, 2011

Cobblestones and Trolley Tracks exposed in Downtown Durham

By , August 22, 2010

Exposed cobblestones and Trolley tracks on Mangum St, in front of City Hall, downtown Durham. Photograph taken 21 August, 2010 and is copyright Ginger R. Smith, 2010

A few weeks ago, I came across this post on the Endangered Durham blog about some cobblestone and trolley tracks that were exposed on Kent Street in Durham during a repaving project. I made plans to drive around until I found them before they were paved over. I never did accomplish this. However, a couple of weeks ago, we were driving through downtown Durham on the motorcycle and my partner pointed out to me the exposed cobblestone and trolley tracks on Mangum Street in front of City Hall. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I told her we definitely had to come back and photograph it before they completed the repaving project.

Yesterday we managed to photograph the exposed cobblestone and trolley tracks. It wasn’t an easy feat because this is actually a heavily traveled road. Luckily my photographer is great with lighting and centering and took a great picture on the first try. I’m not sure what the passerby’s thought of my standing in the middle of the road.

Back to the photo….

Notice how the cobblestones on the left of the picture are laid kind of diagonally but the ones under my feet are laid in a straight line. We were curious to know why this was. Was there originally some kind of aesthetic pattern in the road? Gary actually created a map of the trolley line as it originally went through Durham in the early 1920s here.

I had first heard of this in Raleigh in front of NC State University on Hillsboro Street. There was a big discussion about whether the City was going to rip the tracks up or leave them down and “rebury” them again with the new paving project. They seem to be able to remain intact whilst buried, and I think it’s a very cool sight to see when its uncovered! I’m glad we were able to get a glimpse of this part of Durham’s history!

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Exposed cobblestones and Trolley tracks on Mangum St, in front of City Hall, downtown Durham. Photograph taken 21 August, 2010 and is copyright Ginger R. Smith, 2010.

This picture was taken a little further up the block. These cobblestones all seem to be going diagonally. The trolley track is on the left hand side of the picture.

How about in your area? Have you noticed any exposed cobblestones or trolley tracks during your City’s repaving projects?

Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory

By , June 30, 2010

Back in January at the CIG meeting Nerissa mentioned Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory, Volume 7, for the year 1890 that  has been digitized at Google books as a genealogy gem.

This historical directory is organized alphabetically by county and gives information on the county, names of the towns and post offices, county and town officers and magistrates,  churches, ministers, hotels, lawyers, manufacturers, tradesmen, mines, mills, newspapers, merchants, schools, physicians, farmers, teachers, and so on. It also contains a list of railroads and an index to advertisements found throughout the book.

These books are fully searchable and several have already been digitized by UNC and uploaded to the internet archives website.  Click here to access a list of available titles ranging from 1867 – 1896.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

By , March 19, 2010

We have recently added a new feature to the “What’s New” Blog part of our website. You can now subscribe to the blog via email in order to receive email updates of new content being published to the blog.

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Episodes 1&2: Faces of America on PBS

By , March 16, 2010

In case you missed any of the episodes of Faces of America, a four-part series aired by PBS between February 10th and March 3rd, you can now watch episodes 1 and 2 online. Click on the links below:

Episode 1: Our American Stories | Faces of America | PBS

Episode 2: Becoming American | Faces of America | PBS

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