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Quakers in colonial North Carolina

Built by Quaker farmer Abraham Sanders in 1730, the Newbold White House in Hertford is the oldest brick home in North Carolina.

Quakers were some of the first settlers to move to North Carolina, because the colony had established religious freedom as early as 1672. Although the Church of England was the official religion of North Carolina, there were few attempts to set up Anglican churches and congregations in North Carolina until the 1700s. This gave Quakers several years to build communities and establish their presence in the political life of the young colony. Most Quaker communities flourished in the northeast corner of the colony, near the Dismal Swamp and the Virginia border. Later, in the mid-1700s, Quakers would migrate from Pennsylvania to the Piedmont.

Until the 1760s, Quakers were active in North Carolina politics. One reason for their involvement was that Quakers, unlike many other colonists, lived close to one another and built towns and communities. Many people moved to North Carolina alone and lived isolated lives on farms miles away from neighbors. Quakers moved to North Carolina to be close to fellow believers and to escape the persecution they had faced in England and Massachusetts. They had common goals and concerns and often presented a common voice to the government of the colonies.

During the first fifty years of British settlement in North Carolina, Quakers held a number of public offices and made up a large portion of the elected representatives in the General Assembly. One Quaker, John Archdale, became Governor of North Carolina from 1695-6. As more and more Europeans came to North Carolina, though, Quakers became a smaller minority and had less political influence.

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I am happy to announce the official merger of The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC and The Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC. Our two historic organizations have come together to form Crossnore School & Children’s Home. We are excited about the future as we continue our work of serving children as one organization with two beautiful campuses. This merger allows us to offer a greater continuum of services to western North Carolina children and families on both our campuses as well as in the communities we serve.

Programs and Campuses Moving Forward

Already we are seeing the benefits in our programs and on our campuses. Our residential foster care program is currently home to more than 110 children across both campuses. As new cottages are renovated and licensed, we expect that number to increase to 150 by next summer.

Our community-based services are serving another 150 children in single-family foster homes, outpatient therapies, and educational services.

Buildings on the Winston-Salem campus are being renovated to provide homes for children and offices for staff. All of our staff continues their training in our Sanctuary Model of Care®. And, our campus businesses are thriving as they provide vital services to our communities, as well as supporting the mission of Crossnore School & Children’s Home.

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4924 Meadowbrook Rd
Trinity, NC
Activities include living history, mortar firings, blacksmith demos, food vendors, music and more.
Admission is free.


North Carolina Historic Site
Brunswick Town

A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site, and served as part of the Cape Fear River defenses below Wilmington before the fall of the Confederacy. Colonial foundations dot the present-day tour trail, which crosses the earthworks of the Confederate fort.

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George Shuffler (April 11, 1925 – April 7, 2014) was an American bluegrass guitar player and an early practitioner of the crosspicking style. During his career Shuffler played with The Bailey Brothers, The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. He was a 2007 recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award and in 2011 was elected to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

George Shuffler was born in Valdese, North Carolina, United States, on April 11, 1925. As was the case with many southern musicians, Shuffler's first experience with music was when he attended shape note singing schools in Valdese. Shuffler's affinity for music grew and at age twelve his father traded an old broken-down car for a Kalamazoo guitar. There were very few guitars in North Carolina at that time, and Shuffler had only become interested in them through radio shows broadcast out of far-away cities like Cincinnati. Shuffler found out that one of his neighbors, Jack Smith, knew some chords on a guitar, and so he tracked him down. Smith showed him three chords, G, C, and D. Shuffler went home that night practicing the three chords over and over, afraid that he would forget them. When he got home his mother was singing an old song called "Birmingham Jail", and Shuffler started accompanying her, encouraging her to sing until she was hoarse.

Over the next few months Shuffler practiced his three chords, and made up others whenever he needed them. Another of Shuffler's neighbors had a guitar and invited him to come pick with him. At first, Shuffler was afraid, thinking that his homemade chords would make him look foolish, but he soon discovered that they were the same shapes his more experienced neighbor was making. Emboldened by this experience, Shuffler practiced in his spare time, and soon learned to play the bass as well. When his father traded the guitar for a new pistol, Shuffler went out and purchased a new one with his carefully saved money.

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The is an excerpt from Flatpicking Guitar Magazine's instructional DVD "Clinch Mountain Guitar." The instructional portion of the video is taught by James Alan Shelton, the guitar player for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.



Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


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