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Before Massachusetts, Virginia, or Philadelphia...,
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This review is from: Touring North Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites (Touring the Backroads) (Paperback)
...there was Halifax, Charlotte, and Alamance.
There's no question about it, the Revolution began in North Carolina. Dedicated Tar Heels know this already. For the rest of us, we get to read awesome books like this.
This book, as with all the books in Blair's "Touring the Backroads" series, offers a collection of driving tours featuring important landmarks. In this case, we get 14 culturally rich tours, throughout North Carolina, highlighting important buildings, battlefields, graves, monuments, and museums related to the Revolutionary War. The book is written by Daniel Barefoot, Esq., a well-known authority in this historical field.
This is a real gem of a book, and exceptionally comprehensive. There are nearly 500 pages here, dedicated to colonial North Carolina. From the Halifax Resolves, to Charlotte's Hornets' Nest, to Edenton's amazing colonial courthouse, New Bern (North Carolina's Williamsburg), the ruins of old Brunswick Town, it's all here. Many readers will be surprised to find that there are so many colonial sites in North Carolina, when we are taught that Virginia, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia were the centers of colonial agitation.
There are a few small black & white photographs but, make no mistake, the text is the feature of the book. This is a book that armchair travelers will really enjoy, along with local historians, architectural historians, and serious cultural tourists.
The book is a collection of driving tours featuring historic sites, and is not a typical travel guide. The emphasis is on history, and there are no listings of hotels and restaurants. Simple maps and good turn-by-turn directions send you through the areas rich with historic landmarks and natural beauty. The hotels and restaurants will just pop up in front of you, so don't worry too much about it. The tours are designed to be long day trips, so lodging is not absolutely necessary.
Get off that interstate and find out how the Revolution began, right here in North Carolina!