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George Washington's Visit to North Carolina Collection, ca. 1987-2004

(Manuscript Collection #1035)

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Title: George Washington's Visit to North Carolina Collection
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (ca. 1987 – 2004) of maps, photographs, correspondence, genealogical research on the descendents of Shadrack Allen, Sr., newspaper clippings, photocopies, and other printed sources, including transcriptions of manuscript materials, concerning President George Washington’s historic “Southern Tour” of 1791, focusing especially on those events occurring in Pitt County, North Carolina.
Extent: 0.05 Cubic feet, 22 items , maps, photographs, correspondence and genealogical research

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Accessions Information

April 27, 2005 0.05 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1987-2004) of maps, photographs, correspondence, genealogical research on the descendants of Shadrack Allen, Sr., newspaper clippings, photocopies, and other printed sources, including transcriptions of manuscript materials, concerning President George Washington's historic "Southern Tour" of 1791, focusing especially those events occurring in Pitt County, North Carolina, compiled by the donor for an article to be published The Chronicles of Pitt County, Vol. 2 (Pitt County Historical Society, 2005). Donor: W. Keats Sparrow

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

George Washington's Visit to North Carolina Collection (#1035), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of W. Keats Sparrow

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, March 28, 2008

  • Processed by James R. Wils April 2007


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection concerns research attempting to document key points traveled by George Washington during his visit to Pitt County, North Carolina in 1791.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection contains various materials, including photographic images, correspondence, genealogical research, gravestone records, maps, reports, clippings and photocopies. The photographs (2004) are of the Shadrack Allen, Sr. home site near “Crown Point”, near Greenville, NC where Washington may have stayed. The correspondence (August 31, 2004 – December 8, 2004) consists of several e-mails regarding the Allen home site and family. The genealogical research and gravestone records (1960) concern the descendants of Shadrack, Allen, Sr. The maps (1994) depict various areas of eastern and coastal North Carolina. The reports pertain to George Washington’s Pitt County tour and a brief history of the Penny Hill Plantation and the Thigpen Family (November 20, 1987). In addition, the collections includes a paper copy of the electronic edition (2001) of William Attmore’s “Journal of a Tour to North Carolina,” and a copy of Archibald Henderson’s book, Washington’s Southern Tour, 1791 (1923).

Also present is a document titled “Washington’s Southern Tour of 1791,” which documents Betty Ray McCain’s public address (February 21, 1993) to the Capital City Club in Raleigh, N.C. for the North Carolina Society’s Washington’s Birthday Celebration. Also included is a copy of Robert Selig’s “Putting the Washington-Rochambeau Trail on the Map” (2003) from the Spring 2003 issue of Flintlock & Powderhorn. Other articles include “By George” (8/26/2001) by Jane Welborn Hudson, discussing places in Pitt County where George Washington is known to have stopped during his visit, “Historical Society Elects Officers” (6/30/1960), about the election of new officers to the Pitt County Historical Society and an article from Pitt County Genealogical Quarterly (February, 1996) documenting the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, A.F. and A. Masons, Raleigh, on January 10, 1902 concerning George Washington’s visit to Pitt County. Also present are a number of clippings from The Daily Reflector newspaper (September, 1960) covering Senator John F. Kennedy’s stop in Pitt County during his Presidential campaign tour.

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

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Series 1:
Photographic Prints
  • Box 1#1035.1
    • Folder a#1035.1.a
      • Shadrack Allen Homesite (2004), Crown Point, Greenville, North Carolina. Color Photographic Prints 4"x5" Keats Sparrow Photographer. 2 items. 2 p.  (item #1)
Series 2:
Correspondence
  • Box 1#1035.1
    • Folder a#1035.1.a
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (8/31/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (9/1/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (9/4/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Marble, Martha. E-mail (9/7/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (9/8/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (9/11/2004) to Liz Sparrow RE: Shadrack Allen House and Family. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #7)
      • Kittrell, Bill. E-mail (12/8/2004) to Keats Sparrow RE: Forbes Cemetary. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #8)
Series 3:
Genealogical Material
  • Box 1#1035.1
    • Folder a#1035.1.a
      • Genealogical Record (undated) of the Descendents of Shadrack Allen, Sr. [Abbreviated Version]. 1 item. 6 p.  (item #9)
      • Genealogical Record (undated) of the Descendents of Shadrack Allen, Sr. [Full Version]; also a Report, (undated) "Shiloh Farm" pertaining to the Blount-Brown-Smith House of Pitt County. 2 items. 10 p.  (item #10)
      • Pitt County Gravestone Records (1960) for Sarah Hanrahan, et al. Compiled by Jeannette Cox St. Amend, Wilmington, NC. 1 items. 2 p.  (item #11)
Series 4:
Maps
Series 5:
Typescript
  • Box 1#1035.1
    • Folder a#1035.1.a
      • Report (undated) on George Washington's Southern Pitt County Tour. 1 items. 5 p.  (item #13)
      • Report (11/20/1987) on the Penny Hill Plantation and the Thighpen Family. 1 item. 3 p.  (item #14)
Series 6:
Clippings & Photocopies
  • Box 1#1035.1
    • Folder a#1035.1.a
      • McCain, Betty Ray. "Washington's Southern Tour of 1791." (2/21/1993) Transcript of Address to Capital City Club, Raleigh, NC for the NC Society's Washington's Birthday Celebration. 1 item. 3 p.  (item #15)
      • Selig, Robert. "Putting the Washington-Rochambeau Trail on the Map." (2003) Photocopies of Magazine Article from Flintlock & Powderhorn Spring 2003 issue. 1 item. 3 p.  (item #16)
      • Hudson, Jane Welborn. "By George." (8/26/2001) Newspaper Article from the Daily Reflector. 1 item. 3 p.  (item #17)
      • "Historical Society Elects Officers." (6/30/1960) Photocopy of Newspaper Article. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #18)
      • Excerpt from the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge; A.F. and A. Masons of North Carolina at Raleigh on January 10, 1902, (February, 1996) RE: George Washington's Visit to Pitt County. PCGQ. 1 item. 2 p. [Pitt County Genealogical Quarterly]  (item #19)
      • Attmore, William. "Journal of a Tour to North Carolina." (2001) Electronic Edition. 1 item. 25 p.  (item #20)
      • Henderson, Archibald. Photocopied Manuscript (1923) of Washington's Southern Tour 1791; also Photocopies (9/1/1960 - 9/16/1960) of Articles from the Daily Reflector RE: Senator John Kennedy's Campaign Visit to Pitt County. 2 items. 61 p.  (item #21)

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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