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When Farmers were Rich


Abstract:
Enhanced by the construction of a canal in 1787, the area surrounding Somerset, North Carolina became a lucrative location for plantations. Armed with the ability to move their wares, farmers were able to use the new canal to flood rice fields, float lumber, and move barreled produce. Interrupted by abolition, the plantations disbanded. Tenant farmers moved into the area, lasting through the early 19th-century at which point the Federal Government sold the property at auction.
Source:
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 28 Issue 11, Oct 1960, p8-9, 27-28, il  (Periodical website)
Record #:
12814
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