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Cannon Ferry in Chowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Cannonís Ferry Community

 
 
The Cannon's Ferry Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. The Cannon's Ferry Community Marker
Inscription. The area known as Cannonís Ferry is a long-standing community that has been shaped by the Chowan river. In 1794, Jacob Cannon of Perquimans County purchased for $126.00 in gold and silver “one-third part of the Land Plantation of Houses and all the improvements thereunto belonging, with all waters and profits therefrom arising.” The property remained in the Cannon family for close to 85 years.

Throughout the next century, many families moved into the area; most all were associated with the river. Some worked on the ferry that ran from this site to Edenton and to Colerain. Others maintained the herring fishing traditions that are unique to this area.

One such tradition was Easter Monday. Large herring runs occurred simultaneously with the Easter holiday. The Monday after Easter community members came to Cannonís Ferry to buy, sell, and eat herring as fishermen and cannery workers continued to work. Accounts of the event state that there were so many people there it was hard to walk.

Local foodways were dependent upon herring as a staple at one time. During the Depression, people ate pickled and smoked herring along with vegetables such as corn, sweet potatoes, and collards they grew in their gardens. Roe was also a popular food item, either fried or scrambled in eggs. Locally caught herring
The Cannon's Ferry Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. The Cannon's Ferry Community Marker
and roe continue to be a common item on many regional restaurants menus.

“Long time ago, Cannonís Ferry was in the bloom. People wouldnít go no where to buy fish but Cannonís Ferry.” –Betty Bond, cutter at Cannonís Ferry

Top Ieft: Cannonís Ferry prior to the 1940s. (Courtesy of the famiIy of Earl Jordan); Bottom left: A fish house located at this site — no date. (Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History); Center: Aerial photo of Cannonís Ferry —1969 (Courtesy of Bobby Byrum); Right: The Byrum family is one of the local families who have been fishing for several generations. Joe Byrum stands on the porch of his sonís (Herbert Byrum) fish house. (Courtesy of Frank Stephenson, Jr.)
 
Location. 36° 16.256′ N, 76° 40.35′ W. Marker is in Cannon Ferry, North Carolina, in Chowan County. Marker is on Cannons Ferry Road 0.4 miles west of Dillardís Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tyner NC 27980, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Herring Fishing Industry (a few steps from this marker); The Chowan River (within shouting distance of this marker); War on the Chowan River
J. Robert Hendrix Park and Cannon's Ferry Heritage River Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
3. J. Robert Hendrix Park and Cannon's Ferry Heritage River Walk
(within shouting distance of this marker); William P. Roberts (approx. 10.2 miles away); Gates County Confederate Monument (approx. 10.2 miles away); Gates County Courthouse (approx. 10.2 miles away); Reid's Grove School (approx. 11.3 miles away); A Rare Monument (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannon Ferry.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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