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Locksmith and Gunsmith Shop 1759

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
1. Locksmith and Gunsmith Shop 1759 Marker
Inscription. From 1759 to 1786 this building housed a locksmith and gunsmith shop. Customers came from miles around Bethabara, often staying several days in the village, while having work done by the talented Moravian craftsmen. Master Potters Rudolph Christ, from 1786-1789, and Gottlob Krause, during 1789, lived in this shop while working next door.

"Rudolph Christ (expressed) his wish to establish a pottery in Bethabara, and says that he will begin in a small way in the old locksmith shop and smithy until he is in a position to build a house and shop."
Bethabara Diary, December 14, 1758.
 
Erected by Historic Bethabara Park.
 
Location. 36° 9.33′ N, 80° 17.92′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker can be reached from Bethabara Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Historic Bethabara Park. Marker is in this post office area: Winston Salem NC 27106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smithy and Christ Pottery 1759 (a few steps from this marker); Bastion 1756 (a few steps from this marker); Smith's House 1762 (a few steps from this marker); Community and Medical Gardens
Locksmith and Gunsmith Shop 1759 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
2. Locksmith and Gunsmith Shop 1759 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Mill-Wright's House 1762 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tailor's Shop 1764 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pottery Dependency 1756 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brothers House 1755 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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