Between 1850 and the early 1930s, popular vacation spots were resorts located near mineral springs, including Jackson Springs in Moore County, Barium Springs in Iredell County, and Rocky River Springs in Stanly County.
For many, the snow storm of March 1 and 2, 1927, which blanketed the central and eastern sections of the state with twenty inches and drifts up to four feet, is the one all others are measured against.
A Stanley County academy, called Yadkin Mineral Springs Academy, was led by Edgar Freeman Eddins and known for its high standards and the fact that most of its graduates went to college and achieved positions of prominence in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Wealthy vacationers from all over North Carolina began descending upon the state’s popular mineral springs in the late 1800’s. Many, seeking better health, came to resorts throughout the piedmont and Sandhills area, believing the local springs had medicinal qualities.