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Davidson County

P.O. Box 1665

Lexington, North Carolina 27293-1665

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January 15

Dr. Ed Hill will be speaking on “The Cape Fear Road – 18th Century Highway” which was our first superhighway from the Piedmont to the Coast.


April 16

Dr. Nelson Weller and Ken Sell presented their story of their research on Sgt. Finnegan, a deceased member of a nearby extended care facility.  Sgt. Finnegan was a WWII veteran and had written several letters to his wife.  Using information in the letters, which were left in Sgt. Finnegan’s personal belongings when he died, they were able to locate his son in Washington state and deliver the letter to him.


July 16

The meeting will be held at First Reformed United Church of Christ, 104 East Center Street, Lexington, NC.  Katherine Skipper will be our speaker and will share information concerning the history of First Reformed United Church of Christ.


October 15

Davidson County Register of Deeds, David Rickard, will discuss upgrading programs and software to make his office more user friendly.  A question & answer period will be provided at the end of the presentation.  An article regarding the program appeared in the Dispatch on Friday, July 27th.



January 21

Katherine Skipper will present a program demonstrating the proper method of  preserving newspaper articles.


April 21

The program will be presented by Dr. Nelson Weller.  He will share & demonstrate information about "East & West Methods of Plotting Deeds".


July 21

Our meeting will be held at 7:15 PM at the Historical Museum inside the Old Courthouse.   Staff from the Museum will share information and memorabilia available to the public.  Visitors are welcome.


October 20

Our program will be concerning the Moravian Archives and Mr. Richard Starbuck will be the presenter.



January 19

Tom Magnuson will present a program concerning N.C. trading Paths.  Mr. Magnuson is sponsored by the N.C. Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.


April 20

Title: What happened to the graves in cemeteries below the high water mark of High Rock Lake?  The discovery and history of some of these graves.

Short explanation: Maps, newspaper articles, book articles and other materials will be used to develop some of the history concerning these graves that were removed from High Rock Lake and what happened to the graves.

Program Provider: Becky Lassiter


July 20

Rev. Roy Cantrell will speak on the Abbott’s Creek area and what happened to Browntown.  The meeting will be held at First Reformed United Church of Christ at 104 E. Center St., Lexington, NC.


October 19

Dewey Snider will present a program that will cover the early history of Davidson County, focusing on the function of the court of pleas and quarter sessions.



January 19

Evelyn Smith will speak on  “The Mines and Families of Davidson County, NC” providing on area mines, the families who worked them, and their descendants who remain in the area today.


April 19

David Rickard, Davidson County Register of Deeds, will speak on his department and its procedures of  recording and storing valuable documents relating to individual’s property, marriage and death certificates and last wills and testaments.


July 19

Penn Wood will present the Lore and Legends of Days Long Gone:  Piedmont Quail Hunting 1870-1930.  One of the hunting lodges he will focus on will be the Thomasville Shooting Club around 1890.


October 18

Tonya Lanier will join us to speak on African Americans of Davidson County.  Tonya is author of a book by the same name.



January 17

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Maurine Perryman will present a program concerning the History of Baptist Children’s Home and its growth for 125 years.


April 18

Jim Little of Thomasville will speak on the history of the Thomasville Blues, a local battalion formed during World War I and continuing thereafter.  Jim wrote the history of the unit, “Fathers of the Greatest Generation, the Thomasville Blues” which was released in 2010.


July 18

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Julia Taylor Ebel, an author from Jamestown, will talk about keeping our stories – links to our stories and ways we can make them personal as we pass them along.


September 10


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Meet and rub elbows with other genealogists in the area.   Benefit from other previous research and obtain pointers and advice that may simplify your research.


October 17

Maj. James Mills, retired Thomasville policeman and Civil War re-enactor, who plays the role of a Civil War surgeon will display his collection of surgical instruments and give us some insights into surgical practices of the times.



January 16

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The program will be presented by a member of the NC Transportation Museum.


April 16

For our April program, Jim Daniel will discuss the historical significance of the York Hill/Trading Ford area going back to the Native Americans, and Sim Delap will discuss recent efforts to preserve York Hill and where that stands right now.


July 16

William Deal (retired City of Lexington firefighter) will present a program on the Train Depot and his efforts to acquire an Amtrak stop in Lexington.


October 15

Chris Watford (Assistant County Attorney) will present a program on the Civil War’s battle of Sharpsburg (September 17, 1862)



January 21

Larry Cates from the High Point Library Heritage Center will present a program on “Poor Folks, Rich Lives: Tracking Poor and Landless Ancestors in North Carolina”.


April 15

Speaker is Ray Howell III, pastor at First Baptist Church in Lexington NC.  Topic: Birth of the Davidson County Library


July 15

Speaker is Larry Cates, High Point Library Heritage Research Center.  Topic:  Hard Scrabble, Finding Your Poor and Landless Ancestors.


October 21

Speaker is Ben Williams (from Morganton).  Topic: Women in the Confederacy




January 20

Ed and Sue Curtis will present a slide show and talk entitled “Looking Into the Salisbury Confederate Prison”


April 21

Gina Smith will speak on “Cleaning Tombstones”


July 21

Martha Brown will speak about her book “Holding Sweet Communion”.  The book will be on sale for $15 at the meeting.


October 20

Michele Doyle, Director of the Family History Center in Greensboro, will speak on Family Search and LDS Resources.