Why did the bridge of Siloam fall?

Monday, February 3rd, 1975James C Venable, a real estate agent from the Winston Salem area is driving his white Ford Thunderbird down Siloam Rd near the town of Siloam, NC. The night is dark, foggy, and there’s on and off drizzle and damp in the cold night air. At about 10 PM, Venable begins toContinue reading “Why did the bridge of Siloam fall?”

The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory

On this day, 77 years ago, one of the first cases of Polio in what would be an epidemic was diagnosed in Catawba county.As the infection spread, and hospital beds in Charlotte became scarce, the people of Hickory moved to ensure that those afflicted by the illness would have access to treatment, and began workContinue reading “The Beginning of the Miracle of Hickory”

The Murder of Will Bolin

Sunday, August 16th 1896A small church in the northern part of Iredell county called Smith Chapel is having several “protracted meetings”, or what southern congregants today would call a multi-day “revival”. Edward Clinton Van Hoy and William T Bolin are first cousins, and the two men must have been attending the revival that night.What passedContinue reading “The Murder of Will Bolin”

The Santer

In 1890, near Statesville and in the surrounding counties, residents started noticing chickens, cats, dogs, calves, and if the reports are to believed, even “negro children” going missing.Eyewitness accounts claimed some sort of mystery beast was carrying them away, and newspapers quickly jumped on the story. The “beast” became known as the Santer, and itContinue reading “The Santer”

Is Marshal Ney of France Buried in North Carolina?

Sitting out of place among the modest headstones of Third Creek Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, NC is a grave that has been enclosed by a brick structure. No one is quite sure who the man buried beneath truly is. However, locals believed he was a famous French soldier. Michel Ney was Napoleon’s “Marshal of theContinue reading “Is Marshal Ney of France Buried in North Carolina?”