It Happened in North Carolina

It Happened in North Carolina

It Happened in North Carolina

It Happened in North Carolina


From the search for a lost colony to the filming of a television drama in Wilmington, the twenty-seven episodes presented in It Happened in North Carolina will take readers of all ages on a lively tour through the history of the Old North State. Get the inside story on such events as the North Carolina gold rush, the Wright brothers' first real flight, a misplaced Rose Bowl game, and the case of the telltale laundry ticket.Scotti Kent is a freelance writer with more than ten years of professional experience, primarily in health care writing and editing. Her short stories have been published in several magazines. She lived in North Carolina for more than twenty years before returning to Illinois where she was born. Other interests include research, music, astrology, Russia, and animals.


It was late summer in the Pee Dee River Valley in North Carolina’s southern piedmont region. The year could have been 1250 or 1346 or any one of the more than two hundred years during which the area was hunted, fished, and farmed by a tribe archaeologists later named the Pee Dee Indians.

Corn stalks stood tall and proud in the fields, shimmering bright green in the summer sun. In every village people turned their attention to Poskito: the most important event of the year. Each little brown hut was cleaned thoroughly, its floors swept and sprinkled with fresh sand. Old clothing, pottery, and implements were replaced with new. Debts and grievances were settled. Unpunished crimes, except for murder, were forgiven. All hearth fires were extinguished.

At the appointed time, the villagers abandoned their stickball games, basketmaking, and hunting and made their way to a low bluff overlooking the juncture of the Little River and Town Fork Creek. There they joined other tribe members inside an ovalshaped stockade made from closely set posts driven into the ground. The stockade fence was interwoven with cane and small poles and plastered with a mixture of clay and straw. Within the enclosure was a large open plaza that served as a public meeting place.

Today, archaeologists consider the Pee Dee culture part of a widespread tradition known as South Appalachian Mississippian. Town Creek, as their complex society’s hub eventually came to be called, was located in what is now Montgomery County, North . . .

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