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>>>ROCKINGHAM COUNTY WAS
ESTABLISHED IN 1785 AND NAMED AFTER CHARLES WATSON WENTWORTH,
THE SECOND MARQUESS OF ROCKINGHAM IN BRITAIN. THAT STORY AND MORE IS PRESERVED
AND SHARED THROUGH THE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY. PRODUCER DEREK LONG PAID
THEM A VISIT.>>THE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY IS HOUSED IN THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE
IN WENTWORTH.>>THE BUILDING ITSELF IS
HISTORIC, AND THEN WE ALSO DISPLAY THE HISTORY OF
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY HERE. AND WE REALLY AIM TO HIGHLIGHT
LOCAL STORIES OF LOCAL INDIVIDUALS. UM, BUT OUR GOAL IS TO ALSO TIE
THAT INTO THE LARGER PICTURE. SO YOU LEARN ABOUT LOCAL
INDIVIDUALS, VERY LOCAL HISTORY, BUT ALSO HOW THAT FITS INTO
NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY AND THE U.S. HISTORY.>>LIKE THE STORY OF DR. JOHN
RICHARD RAINEY.>>FROM WENTWORTH, NORTH
CAROLINA, ACTUALLY SERVED AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, AND HE
KEPT VERY, VERY DETAILED RECORDS OF ALL THE SURGERIES HE
PERFORMED AND THE INJURIES HE ENCOUNTERED. SO IT’S A GREAT HISTORICAL
DOCUMENT TO COME AND SEE, AND IT’S ALSO A GREAT WAY TO
TALK ABOUT MEDICINE DURING THE CIVIL WAR. ONE OF THE EXHIBITS FEATURES
MADAM HANCOCK, WHO WAS A SEAMSTRESS MODISTE, A VERY
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSWOMAN WHO’S FROM ROCKINGHAM COUNTY. SHE EVENTUALLY MOVED HER
BUSINESS TO WINSTON-SALEM. WE ACTUALLY HIGHLIGHT TWO
STORIES WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SLAVERY AND THEN THE PERIOD
AFTER, DURING RECONSTRUCTION. SO THERE’S THE SAURATOWN
PLANTATION, WHICH IS NEAR EDEN AND WHICH ACTUALLY BROUGHT
HUNDREDS OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE FROM THE CARIBBEAN, AND IT WAS UNIQUE
BECAUSE IT KEPT THESE PEOPLE TOGETHER RATHER THAN
SPLITTING THEM APART. WHAT’S WONDERFUL ABOUT THE
DOCUMENTATION THAT WE HAVE IS THAT WE HAVE A LIST
OF THEIR NAMES. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE’VE BEEN
ABLE TO CREATE BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES. THAT ROOM ALSO HIGHLIGHTS
BATTEAUX TRAVEL. BATTEAUX TRANSPORT OF GOODS DOWN
THE DAN RIVER, WHICH WAS AN IMPORTANT METHOD OF
TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS AREA. OFTEN, THERE WOULD BE SLAVE
CREWS OF THESE SHIPS, OF THESE BATTEAUX. AND THEN AFTER EMANCIPATION
TRAVEL, BATTEAUX TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT ALSO BECAME A WAY THAT
FREED MEN COULD HAVE A BUSINESS.>>ACROSS THE STREET IS THE OLD
COUNTY JAIL AND OTHER HISTORIC BUILDINGS, LIKE AN EARLY 19th
CENTURY LAW OFFICE AND THE WRIGHT TAVERN, BUILT IN 1816.>>IT HOUSES THE WRIGHT
AND REID FAMILIES. IT WAS ACROSS
FROM THE COURTHOUSE. SO PEOPLE WHO HAD BUSINESS HERE
WOULD STAY THERE OFTEN. IF YOU GO TO WRIGHT TAVERN,
YOU CAN SEE THE FAMILY QUARTERS. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE DINING
AND THE PARLOR AREAS. BUT UPSTAIRS, AS WELL, YOU CAN
SEE WHERE GUESTS STAYED. THE UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT
OF WRIGHT TAVERN IS THE DOG RUN, WHICH IS JUST AN ARCHWAY BETWEEN
THE TWO WINGS OF THE BUILDING WHERE YOU CAN KIND
OF SEE OUT BACK.>>PROBABLY ONE OF THE GREATEST
TREASURES YOU’LL FIND AT THE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES ARE THE
VOLUNTEERS, LIKE HISTORIAN BOB CARTER.>>PEOPLE COME IN AND
ASK QUESTIONS. I TRY TO HELP THEM, IF IT’S
GENEALOGY, OR TELL THEM A PLACE THEY CAN LOCATE INFORMATION. BUT AFTER COLLECTING INFORMATION
A LIFETIME, SOMETIMES I CAN ACTUALLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.>>FOR CARTER, HISTORY MATTERS.>>I THINK YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHERE YOU CAME FROM. AND SOME OF IT MAY NOT BE TOO
PLEASANT, BUT IT’S PART OF HISTORY, AND IT HAPPENED,
AND I CAN’T CHANGE IT. I’M SORRY SOME OF IT HAPPENED. BUT, TO ME, IT’S ALL
INTERESTING, AND YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT. AND IF YOU — YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE
AN OVERALL VIEW OF EVERYTHING AND SORT OF TAKE IT IN STRIDE
AND UNDERSTAND WE CAN’T CHANGE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST,
BUT HOPEFULLY WE CAN LEARN FROM IT.>>THIS IS DEREK LONG FOR
“NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND.”

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