North Carolina-Anson County-January 13

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 13
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

If you travel on US 74 in North Carolina between Charlotte and Wilmington you have passed thru Anson County. This county has a common origin with many others in North Carolina in that it was formed by carving out a portion of Bladen County in 1750.


Like its parent county Bladen, Anson County was originally a vast territory with indefinite northern and western boundaries. Reductions in its extent began in 1753 when the northern part of it became Rowan County. Anson County kept getting reshape over the years with other moves including in 1762 the western part of Anson son County became Mecklenburg County. Additional moves included a move in  1779 that the northern part of what remained of Anson County became Montgomery County. Also in 1779 everything east of the Pee Dee River became part of Richmond County. The final move came in 1842 when the western part of Anson County was combined with the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County to become Union County.

I did not realize that Steven Spielberg filmed part of the movie The Color Purple mostly in Anson County in a town called Lilesville.


He used  a large white farmhouse called the Huntley house.


This house is just a few miles off Highway 74 but most of the shooting took place in Wadesboro and Marshville.

The movie cost an estimated $15,000,000 to produce and was released in december 1985. In short order it had grossed $142,000,000 worldwide. The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards but received none





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