Battle of Guilford Courthouse Anniversary events

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Annual Lecture Series

A post pertaining to maps related to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was posted on the blog this morning, as scheduled, and in anticipation of the upcoming 234th anniversary of that pivotal battle. Unfortunately, four completely unrelated family events in the past 10 days, involving 4 family members, including death, car wreck, incapacitating back pain, and broken leg requiring surgery, prevented me from putting the finishing touches on the post and I forgot to “unschedule” it. I have since removed that post and will try to get it polished and republished on the blog later this week. However, that will be too late for several important events. Please see the following web site for details of this week’s evening lecture series:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00 PM ‘Seeking the Historical Cook’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways Kay Moss Historian, Author

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:00 PM ‘General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine’ Michael Harris Historian, Author

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 PM ‘William Washington, American Light Dragoon’ Daniel Murphy Historian, Author

All lectures take place in the theater of the park visitor center, located at 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC. All lectures are free to the public, but reservations are required. Seating is limited. Call (336) 288-1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture. The purpose of the Annual Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of 18th century history.

History and Reestablishment of the NC-SC Boundary: June 23

Gary W. Thompson, Chairman of the North Carolina Boundary Commission, will be speaking at the Friends of the Archives annual meeting in Raleigh on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the State Library Building Auditorium, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. Mr. Thompson’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of the North Carolina-South Carolina boundary that determined how North Carolina got its shape. Information will be provided on the research and survey work performed to complete the recent task of reestablishing the boundary. After the program, a selection of historical boundary maps will  be on exhibit in the State Archives’ Reading Room. Want to see the “official broadside” for this event? Click here.

UPDATE!  For those of us who couldn’t make it, many thanks to the NC Archives for making it available on their YouTube channel.

Join us at Hope Plantation on January 18!

I hope to see you at Hope Plantation on January 18. Please see registration details below.

Exploring Northeastern North Carolina’s

Early Architecture and Maps

January 18, 2014 ♦ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


9:30 -10:00 am ♦ Registration and Coffee

10:00 am ♦ Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialist, NC State Historic Preservation Office
Exploring Northeastern North Carolina’s Early Architecture

An illustrated survey of regional buildings from the recently discovered oldest dated house to ones built up to about 1840 will be presented. Several fascination buildings (from humble one-room abodes to finer multi-room houses) that have been studied over the last 20+ years will be highlighted.

12:00 -1:00 pm ♦ Lunch

1:00 pm ♦ Jay Lester, Independent Scholar
To David Stone and Peter Brown, Esq.: this first actual survey of the state of North Carolina taken by the subscribers is respectfully dedicated: The Story of the Price-Strother Map

The 1808 Price-Strother map of North Carolina, published with the financial backing of David Stone, was the first map of the State by actual survey. A review of the map was published in 1964 in the North Carolina Historical Review. Through many hours spent in archives, libraries, and on line, a greatly expanded and corrected history of the map is now pending publication in the MESDA Journal.

2:30 pm ♦ Dale Loberger, Historic Interpreter, Monroe, NC
Hands-on demonstration of surveying equipment of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Advances in science and the demands of a developing continent led to rapid growth of tools and techniques for describing physical geography and bringing order to the untamed world. Learn through experience how early maps were created from the instruments devised to measure and plan the future of a new world.


Conference registration fee $25.00  ♦ *Registration Deadline January 15, 2014

Printable flyer for registration:

Make check payable to:

Historic Hope Foundation / 132 Hope House Road / Windsor, NC 27983

Phone: 252-794-3140 / Fax: 252-794-5583 / Email:

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Saturday Map Seminar at MESDA, November 9

We hope you’ll join other cartophiles for a day devoted to the discussion of colonial era maps. The event will be at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 (MESDA on Google Maps). The event will include lectures and an opportunity to see some extraordinarily rare map treasures in the Moravian Archives. Here are details that have been shamelessly copied from the MESDA event site:

MESDA Saturday Seminar: Mapping the Early South III: New Insights

November 9, 2013

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Explore and discuss recent findings in the study of important early maps of Virginia and the Carolinas, including the Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia; Carolina Comparative Cartography – Mouzon and Others; and early maps of Wachovia in North Carolina.


Moderator: Margaret Pritchard, Senior Curator and Curator of Maps, Prints & Wallpaper, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Henry G. Taliaferro, Map Dealer, Partner, Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, New York City

Jay Lester, Independent Scholar

Johanna Brown, Director of Collections, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museum & Gardens


$65 / $60 for Friends of MESDA (Cost includes all sessions, seminar materials, and lunch)


Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required to ensure a place.  To register or to receive a brochure please call 336-721-7360 or email Or download a registration form.

We hope to see you there!