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Native Americans first inhabited the eastern Forsyth County area, a natural watershed and source of six rivers and creeks. About 1756, Irishman Caleb Story settled here on 400 acres of wooded land. Years later, Story sold his land to David Morrow for a purported four gallons of rum. About 1771, William Dobson purchased the original acreage and additional tracts and built an inn near what is now Mountain Street and Main Street. He named this junction Dobson'sCrossroads. On June 2, 1791, President George Washington ate breakfast at Dobson's Tavern. On November 14, 1817, German-born Joseph Kerner (also spelled K¶rner) purchased the land and renamed the area Kerner's Crossroads. This begins the story of Kernersville. The same roads, still graced with historic churches, stores, and homes, crisscross at the heart of this community. K¶rner's Folly, which contains 22 rooms, housed the first private little theater in America.
ISBN: 9780738541594
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alice E. Sink, the author of The Grit Behind the Miracle, the true story of a 1944 emergency polio hospital, has also published widely in literary and trade magazines. Sink is an associate professor of English at High Point University. Members of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society and other interested citizens, actively involved in perpetuating their town's past, provided photographs for this book.
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