North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 18
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. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.
From 1980-1985 my home was in Jackson County, NC. Map of the county shown below in red.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey in the shadows of New York City. My NJ home was in Morris County which has a population of 500,000.
That number of 500,000 in North Carolina is only surpassed by Mecklenberg and Wake counties. Living in a Jackson County with just over 25,000 residents was an adjustment. One of the interesting things about the time we lived in Jackson County was each year a registry of facts would be posted on the past year. That list would include things like the number of bears killed, the number of homes sold, and the number of live births.
Jackson County is located in the mountains and progress was slow to get to this part of the state. In America, before 1900, almost all women had their babies at home. By 1950, most women were having their babies in a hospital. Apparently that trend didn’t take hold in Jackson County.
Those live births were broken down into two sub-categories home and hospital deliveries. I was amazed that in 1980 the number of babies delivered by mid-wives was larger than the hospital total. Direct entry midwives are not regulated by the state of North Carolina; there is no licensure available.
Jackson County has some amazing attributes and I enjoyed my time there. One of those interesting things is the courthouse which was built in 1913 and is located in Sylva.
The Jackson County Courthouse is situated on a hill at the end of main street, and there are 107 steps leading up to its front portico from the fountain and plaza at street level. The interesting thing about this courthouse is that in 1912 the county seat was located in Webster, NC. A local leader CJ Harris convinced the voters of Jackson County to move the county seat and the vote passed.
The Jackson County Courthouse is located on the National Register of Historical Places. It is one of 20 such listings located in Jackson County. North Carolina Counties with larger populations than Jackson have smaller number of historical places. Examples include Columbus (6), Bladen (13), Scotland (14), and Richmond (17).
The list of all places included on the National Register of Historical Places can be found below: