Kernersville: The First 125 Years, 1778-1903

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Primedia E-launch LLC, Jun 6, 2015
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Would you be surprised to learn that Kernersville, North Carolina, was once called Berlin and that it had a school for girls called Berlin Female Academy? Did you know its first Masonic Lodge, established in 1855, was called Union Lodge, No. 173, or that much of the town was destroyed by a cyclone in 1893?Now, you can learn about these and other fascinating facts drawn from the town's nearly 240 year history in Kernersville: The First 125 Years, 1778-1903, the most recent book by local historians and Kernersville natives, Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor.Using material gleaned from years of research, the authors have produced a detailed written history of Kernersville's formative years. Its pages will introduce you to the Native Americans that once roamed the land where Kernersville now sits; to David Morrow, the first white man to own land there; and to William Dobson who entertained South Carolina Congressman William Loughton Smith and President George Washington in his tavern that once stood where Main and Mountain Streets cross today. You can also read about the young girl who was fascinated by the blind Methodist preacher who visited Kernersville in 1856, and the intense pro-Union sentiments that roiled the area during the Civil War. In all you will meet nearly 800 individuals that played a part in transforming a colonial cross roads into a small but vibrant textile mill town called Kernersville. Also included are some 31 maps and photographs, a detailed bibliography and a name index of those mentioned.

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Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor are both Kernersville natives. Marshall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he received a B.S. (with honors) and an M. S. degree, both in physics. He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland's School of Law. His thirty-three year professional career as a Navy civilian scientist included a dozen years as head of the Navy Laboratory History and Archives Program. He also worked as an assistant to the director of Penn State University's Applied Research Laboratory.Taylor graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering. His career included three years in Army electronics, followed by thirty years as an engineer with IBM.Both men have an avid interest in genealogy and local history, and their research has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles. They are also active in genealogy and local history groups, and both have served on the boards of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society and the Forsyth County Historical Association. Marshall is currently president of the Walkertown Area Historical Society. They have previously authored three other local history books: Wicked Kernersville: Rogues, Robbers, Ruffians & Rumrunners (2009), Remembering Kernersville (2010) and Kernersville: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery (2013).

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