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Near Traphill in Wilkes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Brinegar Family

A Part of the Community

 
 
The Brinegar Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
1. The Brinegar Family Marker
Inscription. The Brinegars were not famous or rich, but they were important to their families and neighbors. In 1876 Martin Brinegar purchased this 125 acre farm from Henderson Crouse, Caroline Joines' uncle, for $200. Two years later Martin and Caroline were married; he was 21 and she was 16. There were many small communities close by where the Brinegars visited their families and friends, traded for supplies, and attended church and school.

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, snakeroot, and black cherry bark and selling them to nearby drug merchants.

In 1925 Martin was caught in a storm on his way home from church and died from pneumonia eight days later. He
Marker detail: Martin & Caroline Brinegar image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Martin & Caroline Brinegar
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Brinegar Cabin pull-out, along the path leading to the cabin, overlooking the garden. Marker is in this post office area: Traphill NC 28685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 1 miles away); Robert Lee Doughton
The Brinegar Family Marker (<i>wide view; Brinegar garden in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
3. The Brinegar Family Marker (wide view; Brinegar garden in background)
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Rufus A. Doughton (approx. 6.2 miles away); Robert L. Doughton (approx. 6.6 miles away); Ore Knob Mine (approx. 10.2 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.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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