Johnston County Revisited

  • Overview
  • Details
  • Author
  • More About This Book
Created in 1746, Johnston County is located along the fall line between North Carolina's Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. Smithfield, on the Neuse River, has been the county seat since 1771. In 1856, Johnston County became part of the Fertile Crescent along the east-west North Carolina Railroad, which spawned the thriving towns of Princeton, Pine Level, Selma, and Clayton. In the 1880s, a north-south rail line, eventually known as the Atlantic Coastline, brought Kenly, Micro, Four Oaks, and Benson into existence. Johnston County boasts film legend Ava Gardner, bootleg kingpin Percy Flowers, Vicks VapoRub, and other local claims to fame. It is still a farming county, although recent growth from the Research Triangle region has brought marked changes to the rural landscape. In recent years, Wilson's Mills and Archer Lodge have gained corporate status. These historical images tell a story not only of the extraordinary people who have called Johnston County home but also of the ordinary, everyday individuals who have left their mark.
ISBN: 9781467123624
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors K. Todd Johnson of Smithfield and Windy Thompson of Raleigh are both lovers of local history and photography. Johnson is executive director of the Johnston County Heritage Center. Thompson, retired from GlaxoSmithKline, is a volunteer in the heritage center's photograph archives. Images for this title were collected from the heritage center and the community.
More About This Book