Donald Plott House, Davidson, NC

The first historical essay I wrote was back in 2012 for the Historic Preservation graduate course at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Dan Morrill, who at the time was the director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, was the professor. He assigned us various properties in the College Downs neighborhood of Davidson, … Continue reading Donald Plott House, Davidson, NC

Pictorial and Historical New Hanover County and Wilmington, N. C. (1938)

When I purchased this book, I was expecting photos of Wilmington during this period. But what I got is unadulterated racism and Confederate worship. Here is the article purporting the “true story from official records” of what author William Lord deRosset calls “the Wilmington Race Revolution.” Historical records like this is why many people, including … Continue reading Pictorial and Historical New Hanover County and Wilmington, N. C. (1938)

Architectural Survey of Huntersville, North Carolina

I am in the process of completing an architectural survey of Huntersville, a town just north of Charlotte.  The results of the survey will be presented at the May 31 meeting of the Survey Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.   This committee is tasked with approving potentially-historic properties for the commission's study list … Continue reading Architectural Survey of Huntersville, North Carolina

Collecting More than Information

Many of us historians love to collect historical artifacts, ephemera, and other items.  Personally, I collect vintage postcards as well as ephemera connected to Winn Parish, Louisiana, where I grew up and still have family.   The vivid colors and interesting visuals of vintage linen postcards are quite appealing, especially large-letter greetings postcards like the Charlotte … Continue reading Collecting More than Information