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The Devil's Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories Hardcover – May 1, 1949

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ÝA¨n even score of those minglings of facts and fancy that constitute the legends of the state Ýof North Carolina¨.

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[A]n even score of those minglings of facts and fancy that constitute the legends of the state [of North Carolina].

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"North Carolinians . . . will find in it an even score of those minglings of facts and fancy that constitute the legends of the state." --New York Herald Tribune
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1949)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807805610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807805619
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,068,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seeing as how "I'm a Tarheel born, I'm a Tarheel bred, and when I die I'm a Tarheel dead," I am of course fascinated by the legends and stories of the Old North State, just as John Harden was. In 1946 and 1947, Harden hosted a radio show called Tales of Tarheelia, in which he recounted many of the state's legendary stories and mysteries. Interest in that radio series and Harden's commitment to preserving these stories that could be lost forever if not put down in writing led to the publication of this book, The Devil's Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories, in 1949. One should note the fact that the stories collected here are indeed mysteries as opposed to, say, ghost stories (of which North Carolina can boast of her fair share); these stories won't give you the creeps, but they will fascinate you and sharpen whatever interest you have in the history of the state of North Carolina.
When you talk about North Carolina mysteries, you must of course start at the very beginning - the Lost Colony. The first English settlement in the New World was made in the late 16th century at Roanoke, and it was here that the first non-native American child was born (Virginia Dare); when the long-delayed supply ship returned to these shores, the entire colony had disappeared completely, leaving behind a single clue as to the colonists' fate: the carving of the word Croatoan on a tree. This, North America's first mystery, remains as compelling and unsolved today as it was over four hundred years ago. The famous Brown Mountain Lights of western North Carolina, of which many may have heard, necessarily earn a chapter.
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I recently just finished reading this collection of stories about North Carolina. This book is filled with intriguing mysteries and legends about the Tar Heel state. The more famous story of Roanoke Island is covered here, as well as many others most from outside the region have probably never heard about. The stories include tales about shipwrecks, anomalies of nature as well as disappearing people. I found particularly interesting the story entitled 'The Devil's Tramping Ground' itself, as well as 'The Strange Hoof-Marks at Bath' and the mystery of 'The Brown Mountain Lights'. These alone will capture anyone's imagination and spark a desire to explore the hills of North Carolina. All in all a very enjoyable book, and if you like a good collection of short stories this is a good one for you. The fact that they all come from a particular region and are researched North Carolina mystery stories makes it even more facinating and entertaining.
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Very interesting & informative covering the usual topics as well as some of the lesser known tales & stories of the Tar Heel State.
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Books good cover is white not like pic shows
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