Map Seminar, Winston-Salem, NC

The long-awaited and twice postponed program, Cartography & Culture: Mapping the Early American South, will be held at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, NC, on October 21-22, 2022. The organizers have created an outstanding program with an All-Star lineup of speakers. Further details on the program and registration are available here: https://mesda.org/program/mesda-fall-seminar/ .
This program has been generously sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Holcomb of Houston, TX. I hope to see you there!

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  1. Mr Cumming,
    If I’ve already written about this I apologize but the subject nags me. For the past couple of years I have been fixated on the 1733 Moseley map because it contains seemingly inexplicable content,

    Specifically, it shows a wagon road arcing across the Piedmont approximating I-85’s course, yet there is no NC record of a road ordered into the Piedmont from any county until the third and fourth decades of the 18th century. In one of the inset maps at the base of the ain map there is a map of Ocracoke showing a large well coincidentally or other next to “Thatches Hole”.

    I read W,P. Cumming’s article on the Moseley map and it makes no mention of either of these artifacts. I contacted a couple of published authorities on English map making conventions and determine that by the 18th century there was an established convention of representing wagon roads with two parallel lines, and that is the way the ‘Trading Road from the Cawba…..’ is represented by Moseley; it is a wagon road. Thankfully, Georgia remembered who pioneered that wagon road and memorialized it on a highway marke as “Thigpen’s Trail.’ Thigpen I then learned was commissioned to pioneer a road from the falls of the Appomattox to the Gulf Mexico to facilitate an assault on French and Spanish settlements, the former at Mobile Bay and the latter at St. Augustine, as part of England’s Queen Anne’s War.

    You may call it an axiom of road study that an unblocked road will be used. So we have a wagon road into the heart of Carolina built between 10702 and 1704, used for military campaigns in 1704 and 1705 available to the public no later than the end of the Tuscarora War. This revelation requires a complete revision of NC’s demographic history and needs broader exposure which I hope you will help with.

    The second curio on the Moseley map, the well on Ocracoke is, I believe an artifact of explorers, privateers and pirates replenishing their vessels in the Sounds from the mid-16th century until the second decade of the 18th century. As the technology required for sinking a well in sand was beyond indigenous tools, I presume the well was European built for replenishing fresh water supplies aboard the vessels frequenting the Sounds.

    The well deserves further study. I’ve determined it was brick lined and expect that was done after the War of 1812 when Pamlico Sound was fortified. I have been trying to find somebody at Ocracoke to open the well for me so I can get photos to compare with the brick in the fort with no luck so far. If you have any map collector contacts in that area maybe they’d assist in getting some help for a foreigner.

    Thanks for patiently reading this, and for any help you can provide in advancing my understanding of Thigpen’s Trail/AKA Thigpen’s Trace and the well by Thatche’s Hole.

    Tom Magnuson

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