North Carolina-Pender County-Aug 31


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 31

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.

In 1875 Pender County got carved out of New Hanover County. A map below outlined in red shows its location.

Pender_County_svg

Pender’s county seat is Burgaw but it has some history in how it got that distinction. Photo below is of courthouse in Burgaw.

pender county courthouse

The county commissioners in 1875 were ordered to hold their first meeting at Rocky Point. The act provided for the establishment of the town of Cowan as the county seat. In 1877 an act was passed repealing that section of the law relative to the town of Cowan, and another law was enacted whereby the qualified voters were to vote on the question of moving the county seat to South Washington or any other place which the majority of the voters designated. Whatever place was selected, the town should be called Stanford. In 1879 Stanford was changed to Burgaw, which was by that law incorporated.

Several structures in Pender County have a degree of historic value to the region. One building, the Sloop Point Plantation, the most enduring house in North Carolina, continues to stand in the county. It is the oldest house in the state.

sloop point

Built in the year 1726, the Sloop Point Plantation was named for the numerous sloops that arrived at the port near the plantation from the Caribbean and England in the early eighteenth century

 

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