Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pieces of History Collected to Burn in Liberty Bonfire in Winston-Salem, 1917

“History Represented in Liberty Bonfire,” from the Nov. 1, 1917, issue of The French Broad Hustler. The Hustler, Henderson County’s Leading Newspaper.

Winston-Salem, Oct. 25—Among the historical places and incidents represented by the wood collected by Mrs. R.J. Reynolds and Mrs. Lindsay Patterson and burned on the liberty bonfire Tuesday night are the following:

Halifax, N.C., a part of the ruins of the house in which the constitution of North Carolina was written.
Wadesboro, N.C., a piece of the canteen of Chaplain Williams Bennett, 1776.

Quaker Meadows, N.C., piece of the council oak, with the inscription “Council Oak chapter wants to do its bit toward a blaze sale of the liberty bonds.”

Manteo, portion of trees from Fort Raleigh, and also a remnant of a Confederate saddle.

Mocksville, N.C., a piece of wood from the home of Daniel Beebe on Bear Creek, a tributary of the Yadkin river, Davie county.

Manteo, N.C., section of plank forming the ceiling of the house used as headquarters by the commander of the federal army on Roanoke Island, Dare county, 1862-1865.

Halifax, N.C., part of the house of Wilie Jones, seized by Cornwallis, 1781.

Morganton, N.C., a pre-revolutionary house.

Elizabethtown, N.C., famous “Tory hole” of revolutionary farm at which the battle of Elizabethtown was fought.

Statesville, N.C., wood from Fort Dobbs.

Red Springs, N.C., sticks of real light wood cut from the campus of Flora Macdonald college.

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