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By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
“Land of Eden” Marker
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 25 — “Land of Eden”
Near here ran southern line of estate of Wm. Byrd, Virginia planter, author, and surveyor of Va. – N.C. boundary line, 1728. — Map (db m63011) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 7 — “Land of Eden”
20,000-acre estate of William Byrd, Virginia planter, author, surveyor of VA.-N.C. line, 1728. S.W. corner here. — Map (db m63012) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — “River boat Men: Dan River, 1792 – 1892” — A Tribute
The mural of the river boatmen is a tribute to the men who were responsible for the economic development of the vast interior region along the Dan River. The most prominent figures in the mural, the African American boatmen in the foreground, . . . — Map (db m63054) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — Annie Eliza Johns — “Florence Nightingale of the South”
Anne “Annie” Eliza Johns, volunteer nurse, poet, teacher, and author of Cooleemee, A Tale of Southern Life, is buried here with her family in the Church of the Epiphany Cemetery. She was born in Pittsylvania Co.,Va., on July 16, . . . — Map (db m63047) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 88 — Barnett Canal
Built here in 1813 by James Barnett. Later it powered the largest continuously operating textile complex in the northern piedmont. — Map (db m63015) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 82 — Calcium Carbide
Industrial experiment nearby in 1892 led to discovery of process for its manufacture. First produced commercially by James T. Morehead. — Map (db m63016) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — Dan River — Vital Supply Line — Confederate Lifeline
The Roanoke Navigation Company opened the upper Dan River here for batteau traffic in the 1820s, and the towns of Leaksville (present-day Eden) and Madison became river ports. During the antebellum era, farmers shipped their produce downstream to . . . — Map (db m63043) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — Land of Eden
This marks the corner Byrds “Land of Eden” granted 1733. — Map (db m63014) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — Leaksville Cotton Mill — Cloth for Sale — Confederate Lifeline
Former Gov. John Motley Morehead built the Leaksville cotton factory here in 1839. Water from the nearby Smith River rapids powered the stone mill. In May and June 1861, the factory furnished 1,700 yards of osnaburg (a coarse, strong cloth . . . — Map (db m63044) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 91 — Leaksville Landing
Port for bateau trade on Dan River. Improved by Roanoke Navigation Company, 1820s. Ruins visible at low water. 200 yards west. — Map (db m63007) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 44 — Lower Saura Town
A village of the Saura Indians, abandoned by that tribe in the early 18th century, was on Dan River, 2½ mi. N.E. — Map (db m63052) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Eden — J 67 — Luther H. Hodges — 1898 - 1974
Governor, 1954-1961; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1961-1965. A founder of Research Triangle Park. Home is 100 yards east. — Map (db m63013) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — J 15 — Alexander Martin — 1738 - 1807
Governor, 1782 - 85 and 1789 – 92; officer in the Revolution; member, Federal Convention of 1787; United States Senator. Home stood ½ mile N. — Map (db m62990) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — Confederate Arms Factory
The Searcy & Moore gun factory was located 1 mile west on the waters of Hogans Creek. Owned by Alexander M. Searcy and Dr. J. S. Moore, the firm manufactured approximately 100 rifles for the State of North Carolina in 1862-1863. On July 10, 1863, . . . — Map (db m18848) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — Law Office of Alfred Moore Scales — Built About 1854
Alfred Moore Scales Born November 27, 1827 -------------------- Admitted to Bar   1851 1851   Settled in Madison 1852   N.C. House of Commons 1857   U.S. Congress 1861   Vol. Co. H. of 3rd N.C. Volunteers 1863   Brigadier General CSA 1875-1884   . . . — Map (db m63208) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — Scales Law Office — Duty, Courage & Daring
Alfred M. Scales was born on November 26, 1827, in eastern Rockingham County. After attending Caldwell Institute in Greensboro and the University of North Carolina, he read law under Judge William H. Battle, then settled in Madison and opened his . . . — Map (db m62981) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — J 90 — Slink Shoal Sluice
Dan River improvements built 1820s by Roanoke Navigation Co. include sluice & wing dams 1/4 mi. E. Rebuilt, 1880s. — Map (db m18831) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Madison — J 14 — Stephen A. Douglas
Presidential nominee, 1860, United States Senator from Illinois, was married to Martha Martin, 1847, in house standing 2 miles N. E. — Map (db m62989) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Reidsville — Booker T. Washington High School — 1922 – 1951
      The school was built to serve African-American students of Reidsville, NC and Rockingham County. The graduates of this great institution have made contributions to society in a variety of vocations and professions.       The outstanding . . . — Map (db m63051) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Reidsville — Governor Reid House — c. 1881
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North Carolina (Rockingham County), Reidsville — Piedmont Railroad — Flight of Jefferson Davis
The Piedmont Railroad, chartered in 1862, linked Danville, Virginia, with Greensboro, North Carolina. Work began on the road that autumn in Danville, but wartime labor and supply shortages impeded progress on the 48-mile-long line, which did not . . . — Map (db m63046) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Wentworth — Wentworth and the War — Confederate Infantry Companies Form
When the Civil War began in 1861, the courthouse village of Wentworth contained a few hundred people as well as county buildings, law offices, several stores, two churches, two hotels, a school, a Masonic Hall, a tavern, a carriage factory, and two . . . — Map (db m63041) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Wentworth — Wentworth Methodist Church — The Price of War
Wentworth Methodist Church was organized in 1836, and the present sanctuary was constructed in 1859. It contains a slave gallery and is the last antebellum Methodist church building in Rockingham County. It was listed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m63042) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Wentworth — Wentworth Methodist Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1859 — Map (db m63389) HM
North Carolina (Rockingham County), Wentworth — J 26 — Wright Tavern
Built in 1816. Rare example of dog-run building. Operated by Wrights and Reids. Birthplace and home of Congressman J. W. Reid. — Map (db m62991) HM

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