The Historian, March-April 2024

Lincolnton’s own Carolyn Heafner Williams made her career in opera and continues to entertain and inspire. Learn more about her and why we chose her as our “Women in History Month” feature. Find out more about Capt. Christopher Houston who fought at Ramsour’s Mill, Rev. William Robards Wetmore and his son, Rev. Thomas Cogdell Wetmore founder of Christ School in Asheville.  Check up on our progress at the Peter Forney cemetery, and much more. Download here

The Historian, January-February 2024

Hiram Rhodes Revels, while born in Fayetteville, began his fortune apprenticed to his brother, a barber with a shop on Lincolnton’s Court Square. Find out more about the lifetime friendship of Christian Arney and Jacob Plonk, and movie theaters in downtown and the surrounding area. Follow the trail of two BSA Eagle candidates as they uncover graves at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, and examine a rare daguerreotype of Benjamin Hunt Sumner taken by a famous photographer, Joseph T. Zealy.  Download Here

The Historian, November-December 2023

Join us for stories of Christmas long ago from the pages of Elsie Keever and Ron Ballard. Then heat up the oven for a taste of Mama’s Tea Cakes as made by Vida Jones Heafner. Learn more about Samuel Espey and the Espey Plantation, the Mentor Book Club, W.L.P. Black, murdered on his porch at age 26, and Dr. William Gaither Bandy, Lincolnton’s physician. Download here.

The Historian, September-October 2023

In 1853, George Langford was hung for murder in Lincolnton. Explore today’s strange mystery of this 170-year-old case. Learn about John B. Harry, Lincolnton’s clockmaker, how Pumpkin Center got its name, and the story of Clay Caskey. Join the hunt for family members, purchase a copy of Salem Lutheran Church’s new history book, plus upcoming events and recent accessions. Download here.

The Historian, July-August 2023

Before refrigeration there was the ice man. Updates on the Yoder Family, the origin of Plank Road, four new board members, a Battle of Ramsour’s Mill 2023 recap in pictures, and Miss Jessie delivers Western Union on her bicycle. Plus two upcoming events, and the latest accessions.   Download here.

The Historian, May-June 2023

Learn about the gravestones as produced by McLean and Co., of Lincolnton, our recent windows restoration workshop with Foothills Historic Conservation, many upcoming events, plus the latest accessions.   Download here.

The Historian, March-April 2023

Paid by the column inch, Gladys Childs is lovingly remembered as the woman who chronicled everyday life in our small town. She is remembered here for her contributions for Women in History Month. What was the “Log Cabin and Hard Cider” Presidential campaign, and what was its relation to Lincoln County? Learn facts about Lincoln County’s unique foundation in tin and spodumene and how tin mining was part of Lincoln County’s past. Plus the latest accessions.   Download here.

The Historian, January-February 2023

Following his defeat at Cowpens, General Charles Earl Cornwallis made his way to Ramsour’s Mill in pursuit of Nathanial Greene. Moving too slowly, he chose to destroy most of his wagons and supplies. Learn about that event of January 1781 here. In “Letters,” learn about the area we used to call “Goodsonville.” Preservation work begins at the Butt-Brown-Presley house, and find out what kind of resources are available at the Lincoln County Library and at the LCHA office.  Download here.

The Historian, November-December 2022

The John Hoke House, also known as the Inverness Hotel, once filled the large blank space on Court Square. Learn about its history here. In “Letters,” the Catawba Valley Chapter  of the NCSAR lays a new stone at the grave of William Alexander Graham . III. Learn more about the types of artifacts we collect and the history of the healing waters of McDaniel spring. Much more. Download here.

The Historian, September-October 2022

The Porter Family has graciously given this historic home on West Main Street to the LCHA for preservation. Read about its history here. Also, learn more about a visit by New York Times Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb, and the 50-year history of Lincolnton’s annual Apple Festival. Much more.  Download Here.

The Historian, July-August 2022

Campmeeting is an August tradition in these parts of Lincoln County. Read about the history of campmeeting at Rock Spring Campground and how one attempt to abolish campmeeting nearly ended that tradition forever. Also, who was Richard “Tomahawk Dick” Perkins and what is his claim to fame in Lincolnton. Photos from the Reep family visit to the LCHA and much more. Download Here.

The Historian, May-June 2022

First Presbyterian Church on West Main Street has been a fixture for more than 100 years. Learn about its history and how it’s gaining a new life as an event venue. Explore information on the Wacaser family of Lincoln County and the connection to Dalton, GA. Visit North Brook Elementary with the LCHA for a little basket weaving demonstration. Learn about To The End of the World by author Andrew Waters, and much more. Download Here.

The Historian, March-April 2022

Beginning in the 1920s, deteriorating conditions in the South brought African Americans northward from Georgia in what was called “the Great Migration.” From Putnam County, GA, many came to western Lincoln County to establish neighborhoods and churches. This is their story. Also, scenes from LCHA’s first Burning of the Baggage event at Battleground Park, and for Women’s History Month, meet Dr. Connie Guion, truly a pioneer in care for the poor, born right here in Lincoln County. Download Here.

The Historian, January – February 2022

In the early 1900s, Lincoln County schools were one and two-room affairs supported by their communities. As superintendent of schools, Berge Beam began a building program to consolidate smaller schools with Union High School in west Lincoln County the first. Plus a feature on the history of Newbold High School in Lincolnton which operated as the only high school for African-American students until 1968. Download here.

The Historian, November-December 2021

“Wanna see some Christmas boogers?” Memories remain of the tradition of Christmas boogering in this article by Ramona Ramsey. Earl Scronce remembers his days of visiting neighbors in disguise and singing for treats. Learn how to collect your family stories during the holidays, and the latest additions to our library and collection files. Download here.

The Historian, September – October 2021

While Lincoln County’s newest court house nears completion, we take a look at the court houses of the past. How many have there been? We track down members of the Houser and Dellinger families, Wood Family genealogies now available for purchase. Guest article by Michael Ottinger on Lincoln County’s William Alexander Graham and accomplishments as U.S. Secretary of the Navy. The latest additions to our library and collection files, and upcoming events. Download here.

The Historian, July – August 2021

Following the completion of the Duke Power’s Cowan’s Ford Dam some 60 years ago, Lake Norman began to fill. But what happened to all of the homes, churches, businesses, and people who lived along the Catawba River? What lies beneath its waves? Who was the little girl in the photo that was part of an examination of child labor in the early 1900s? New and exciting additions to our collection, plus photos from the June 20 commemoration of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill. Download here.

The Historian, May – June 2021

“Thunder Over Carolina,” first performed in 1955, was an effort that brought the community together and how a new play, “Prelude to Victory” in 1982 came to be. How DNA testing connected an out-of-state cousin with Lincoln County relatives. Information we found on the family of Seth W. Stubbs and Elbridge Stubbs and their relation to the courthouse clock. Plus, the latest exciting accessions in the LCHA collection. Download here.

The Historian, March – April 2021

Who was Jean Laffite? A pirate or an imposter? Learn more about the elusive Laffite and his ties to Lincolnton from this author-mother-daughter team of sleuths. Remembering summers at Lake Sylvia, Edgar Love, and Betty Gabriel Ross. Download here.

The Historian, January – February 2021

Gary Ray of High Shoals made his mark in music history; Wise Tourist Court; Black History Month: the Story of Adam Miller Moore; David Deitz House Razed; Pandemic: The Scourge of Polio and David Lowe’s Story. Download here.

The Historian, November – December 2020

John Reynolds of Lincolnton destroyed the dynamite that saved the bridge at Remagen; Hallman Family; Presbyterian Manse; Train wreck on Indian Creek; Medal of Honor recipients have Lincoln County connections; Medal of Honor recipients honored; Lincoln County’s Quilt Trail. Download here.

The Historian, September – October 2020

James McLean: NC Artist and Lincolnton Native; Alba Twine Mill; First Methodist Church history; Election Thoughts by Leroy Magness; A County Divided: Steamy Politics in the 1840s; and LCHA Welcomes Four New Board Members. Download here.

The Historian, July – August 2020

Baseball of Yesterday in Lincoln County, German Migration to Cape Girardeau, Lincoln County’s Sports Hall of Fame, Ingleside Plantation and What if Forney had Killed Cornwallis? Download here.

The Historian, May – June 2020

The Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, Lincolnton County and the Pandemic of 1918, Memories of the County Home Download here.

The Historian, March – April 2020

Haynes Dairy, Wallace Alexander House, Alda Crowe Download here.

The Historian, January – February 2020

Howard’s Creek Mill Renovations, Capt. George French, Larry Craig Remembered, Shelton-Lowe Farmstead, Dr. James Haney “Stumbling Toward Zion: A Mosteller Chronicle, Robert Mosteller’s memories of Howard’s Creek Mill Download here.

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