Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Little Bit of Lincolnton History

Lincoln County, incorporated in 1785 and the second oldest town west of the Catawba River, has 23 historic resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places (including six downtown church buildings) and has 24 historical roadside markers.

It is best known as the site of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill. Considered a turning point in the war, 400 Patriots (Whigs) attacked 1300 Loyalists (Tories) and won. The speculation is that if the battle had not been fought, or if the Loyalists had won, they would have been with the British on Kings Mountain which leads to additional supposition as to the outcome of that battle, and what would have been the final outcome of the war if Kings Mountain had gone the other way.

Anyways, a few Saturdays ago, Marty and I found ourselves with about an hour to spare while the car was being washed, so we walked down to the cemetery on Cedar Street where Stephen Ramsour is buried, and walked around which was very, very cool. Afterwards, we crossed the street and tried to enter the Lincoln Cultural Center, home to the Lincoln County Museum and Historical Association, to learn some more.

It’s closed on Saturdays.

And if that ain’t country, I’ll kiss your…