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for North Carolina Folklore Journal Vol. 28 Issue 1, May 1980
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Investigating the architecture and history of the William Eli Taylor House in Martin County has provided to important research opportunities. First, the house offers a test case for a theory of folk architecture, the hypothesis that the English hall-and-parlor house was modified by North Carolinians to fit their New World environment. Secondly, looking at the evolution of the house and the social, economic, and familial factors affecting that evolution presents a rich study of ancestry.
Although home hog slaughter is quietly fading into the past in many areas, the wide use of pork in the diet of Southerners is not. From the colonial period on, pork has been an important part of Southern agricultural economy and life. The hog killing and pork cookery help to distinguish this region and indeed families of farmers.
Shaw discusses the life and career of a native North Carolina folk doctor, Cicero West.