Near Traphill in Wilkes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Brinegar Family
A Part of the Community
— Blue Ridge Parkway —
Martin and Caroline first lived in a one-room cabin that was already here. Their three children—Alice, Sarah, and John—were born in that cabin. As the family grew Martin built the cabin that stands here now. Their last child, William, was born in this cabin, but died as an infant.
The Brinegars did all the usual work of living on a farm—raising crops and animals, preserving food, and cutting firewood. Martin also made shoes for his neighbors. He was a local justice of the peace and notary public, and for many years he served as clerk for the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Caroline made clothing for her family and augmented their income by gathering medicinal plants like bloodroot,
In 1925 Martin was caught in a storm on his way home from church and died from pneumonia eight days later. He was 68. The state of North Carolina bought the Brinegar farm in 1935 to become part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although Caroline had a lifetime tenure to stay in her home, she went to live with her daughter Sarah when it became too noisy here for her. Caroline died in 1943 when she was 82.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
Location. 36° 25.132′ N, 81° 8.77′ W. Marker is near Traphill, North Carolina, in Wilkes County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 239), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at the Brinegar Cabin pull-out, along the path leading to the cabin, overlooking the garden. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Traphill NC 28685, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Making Linsey-Woolsey (a few steps from this marker); Brinegar Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mountain Home An Outdoor Pantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Shoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Mountain Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 1˝ miles away); Robert Lee Doughton (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Traphill.
More about this marker. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
Also see . . . Brinegar Family. Martin Brinegar and his wife Caroline built this cabin during the 1880's. Though Martin died in 1925, Caroline continued to live here until 1935. Typical of other mountain families, the Brinegar's cleared land and raised crops such as buckwheat, rye, oats, corn and sorghum. Their poultry and livestock roamed free in the mountains, a common practice. Brinegar Cabin reminds us of the resourcefulness of mountain people and the development of cottage industries in which people were able to obtain cash for items made at home. (Submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on December 8, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.