River History: A Quick Look

Students in my first-year writing seminar at Wake Forest University have been studying the history of the Yadkin River Valley. We began with a guest lecture by Eric Jones, an archeologist at Wake, who told us about Native American life along the river dating back more than 10,000 years. Students then dove into their own research projects, using county histories, old newspapers, Congressional Records, diaries and other sources to piece together a rich and often colorful history of the river valley. We also pulled old photographs from Digital Forsyth, an archive managed by the Forsyth County Library. We’ve assembled our findings on a timeline. Here’s the link: http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/Yadkin-River-History

I hope you find the journey as interesting as we have.

Phoebe Zerwick




~ by yadkinriverstory on December 6, 2011.

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