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Historic Trading Ford

 

NEW!  Trading Ford Area Historic Timeline

Detail from the Collet Map of 1770

NEW!  The Southern (Rowan) approach to the Trading Ford (pdf)

This Was Home, Hope Summerell Chamberlain 1938                                                                                                                                             



Exploration in 1670 and 1701

 

A New Voyage to Carolina, John Lawson (1701) (Full Text); Excerpt describing the Trading Ford area

Map of the Trading Path
                                                                                                                                                                                       


Early settlers

 

History and Development of the Jersey Settlement

The Ellis Family Cemetery, Davidson county, NC

The Torrence Mansion and the Heights of Gowerie
                                                                                                                                                     


Role in the Revolutionary War

 

Two camps near the Yadkin Ford

Fateful day at Trading Ford: In February 1781, Rowan was the site of a crucial encounter between British troops and Nathanael Greene's patriot forces

Race to the Dan map

General Joseph Graham's Account of British Pursuit of Greene to the Trading Ford

UPDATED AND EXPANDED!  Trading Ford Monument, Davidson county, NC, Dedicated 1929, Restored 2009!

For further information - a selected bibliography

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE REPORT TO CONGRESS  GIVES HIGHEST NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE TO TRADING FORD REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITE


A sister ford

 

EXPANDED!  The Yadkin Ford and John Long's/Cowan's/Hedrick's Ferry                                                                                                                                           


Yadkin RIver Bridges

 

EXPANDED!  The Yadkin's First Bridges:  Beard Bridge 1818; Piedmont Toll Bridge c. 1899; First Rail Bridge c. 1855

NEW!  20th century bridges:  1906 & 1919 rail bridges; 1922 Wil-Cox Bridge; 1951 Hwy 29 Bridge; 1957 I-85 Bridge                                                                                                                                                                                               



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Trading Ford:  Ten thousand years of American History in Piedmont North Carolina

Download in pdf format


There've been posts on a relic-hunters' forum about looting the Trading Ford area for the personal gain of a few.  In order to protect these irreplaceable historic sites for the benefit of all, we've had to remove all specific maps from our website.  Please see:  Protect our Archaeological Resources!


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