There are 80 buildings on this site reflecting the early 1800 period. The Bratton family were Scotch-Irish and Colonel Bratton was a patriot who fought in the Revolutionary War. He had a militia and fought a battle on his property. He won the battle and all the highlights of this battle are depicted in signage along the actual battle site.
Harriet Bratton was captured by the British and placed with her 7 children under house arrest in their attic during this siege. She would not divulge her husband’s location and during her arrest managed to write a letter and give it to a young slave, Watt , who left on horse back to deliver the letter. Colonel Bratton returned to the property won the battle.
The Bratton Home – currently under renovation
The McConnell House – this was reconstructed and moved to the property. The McConnell’s were farmers who grew an assortment of crops and had livestock. This is reflected in the outbuildings surrounding the home. Currently this is the only home open on the property as all others are under renovation.
The Bratton family continued to live on the family property. Their son Dr. John Simpson Bratton, senior, had 14 children and became quite wealthy. He was a cotton farmer who also ran a cotton gin. His home..
and cotton gin..
Historic Brattonsville has many events throughout the year.
September – The descendants of the African American slaves who lived on the plantation return to the site and interpret events. This is known as Sweat of Our Brow.
October – Pottery Festival
December – Christmas Candlelight
The site also recently purchased another Bratton home and are in the process of renovating the home for a wedding venue. Here is it, and if looking for a wedding venue it will be available soon, http://www.chmuseums.org, 803-684-2327.
This Preserve was developed from the lands of James Latta, who had his cotton plantation along the Catawba River in the 18th century. The lands have been transitioned into a recreational area for the people of Mecklenburg County.
Here’s what the Preserve has to offer…
Kayaking along the river
In taking a hike along one of the Preserve trails came across this closed facility. Believe this must be the former lands of the cotton plantation.
Oh how lucky the people of Mecklenburg are to have this Preserve
This play recounts the persecution of the Waldensian people. It was written by a local Valdese history teacher, Fred Cranford, and has been presented during July and August for the last 52 seasons. The Waldensians were a religious group who were persecuted severely by the Church as they read the Bible. In early Christianity only the Pope was allowed to read the Bible.
Act 2 The North Carolina people in their church discussing how they hope the Waldensians ship sinks as they do not want immigrants in their community. Eventually, the Waldensians win over the North Carolina people and are accepted, however, not after much plight.
The play was well acted, however, be prepared for much violence, pyrogenics, and gunfire.
Following is the Old Colony Players 2021-2022 season. Further information can be obtained at:
Love Letters September 17-19, and 24-25 as a dinner theater performance
The Rocky Horror Show October 21-24, and 28-20
Elf December 10-12, and 16-19
A Valentine’s Murder February 2022
The Hunchback of Notre Dame April 15-16, 21-23, and 28-30
Who was this James K. Polk and what did he accomplish as President?? This restoration with its informative movie answers these questions regarding this little known President.
James Polk was President from 1845-1849. There were several hallmarks to his Presidency:
He was instrumental in expanding the United States to the Pacific. He was a close friend and devotee to President Andrew Jackson who also believed in Manifest Destiny. This relationship earned him the nickname “Little Hickory,” as Jackson was known as “Old Hickory.”
In his cabinet those in opposition to his beliefs, “his competitors” were placed.
He was the first President to have “Hail to the Chief,” played at his inaugural.
When he came into office he stated he wished only to be a one term president.
He lowered tariffs on cotton.
The Mexican War was begun and ended during his Presidency.
Began an independent treasury.
Lowered prices on government land.
Worked incessantly, never took a vacation during his Presidency, which probably led to his demise 3 months after leaving office at 53 years of age.
He is known to be one of the greatest Presidents, however, he remains one of our least known.
President Harry Truman felt Polk an extraordinary President, often quoting and reading about him.
James Polk was the first born of Samuel and Jane Polk. He spent his first 11 years living on this site in North Carolina working on the family farm which Samuel and Jane received from Samuel’s father as a wedding gift. The family later moved to Tennessee selling their property to neighbors. They had slaves.
The Polk Homestead
Interesting man this James K. Polk was, think I need to read a biography on him. If Harry Truman liked him he must have been a good man.
I can say much about North Carolina, but, one thing the State does very well is to honor their history. Fort Dobbs is an exceptional historic site and its docents professional and steeped in knowledge.
This block house fort reconstruction of the French and Indian War era exemplifies the colonists as well as American Indians role during that period. Costumed interpreters give insight into this time of tangled history.
Following are pictorial representations of life in a 1750 military post.
The original well was located in this spot. Archaeologists located several thousand artifacts from excavating the well.
Here are some reproductions:
Fort Storage Area
I learned much of this time period at this visit. Pre-pandemic over 6000 students visited the Fort. It is a must see.
Caught this sign on the interstate and knew I had to stop. Had heard Statesville was filled with “old money,” from the bootleg days so knew this distilling company would be a find, and it certainly was. Since my idol, Stephen Colbert is a bourbon drinker always wanted to try the “stuff,” and it surely didn’t disappoint. Great quality and taste..
Antiques from the good ole days..
The tasting area…
The Distillery is also building an area for a music venue.
Really enjoyed my visit to this City. They have done a bang up job to renovate their downtown area. It is a mecca of restaurants, bars, a comedy club, doctor’s offices, music studios, hair salons, jewelry stores, museums, radio stations, lawyer’s offices all surrounded by beautiful flowers, seating.. A picture is worth a thousand words, check it out…
Did some retail and caloric damage here, great Columbian food and pastries. Yummy………
A little art along the street
The City also has an art museum, however, sadly on the day of my visit it was closed. It is known as the Iredell Museum, iredellmuseums.org, or call 704-873-7347, for further information.
There are also other events taking place over the summer. Make sure to get that vaccine so you can partake.
So, if in the area, or dang even if you aren’t, check out Statesville, North Carolina for a visit.
And I forgot the Sweet Things Bakery, best chocolate cake I ever ate~
Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest is a jewel in the Forest’s crown.
Traveling to this view is a perilous trek, stay alert, take it slow. There are many potholes and craters on the road. If you have a 4 wheel drive, put it in gear. It is approximately 6 miles to the site.
The path to the View is short and paved. Taking the handicapped route is a bit longer, however, it avoids a rather steep incline.
And if you have children in tow..
The stone stairs approaching the site.
Don’t miss the gorge..
And for those adventure seekers, hike one of the many trails throughout the forest, and/or camp in the wilderness.
Nice lobby, with a good selection of wines, beers, colas, and munchies for pre-performance appetites.
On to the play…
This musical takes place at a party at George Gershwin’s New York apartment. Gershwin and many of his fellow artists sing and dance to his tunes. What a lively and much enjoyed musical event with an amazing cast of singers and dancers. Hat’s off to the actors – great job!
Hungry??? A suggestion for after the show, especially for those native New Yorker’s like me missing great pizza and Italian food.
Ian & Jo Jo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
18 North Main Street
Historic Downtown Waynesville, NC
Ian and Jo Jo are Brooklyn’ers who made their way to North Carolina – and lucky North Carolina folk to have them..