In 1825, James Harper built his home, called \"Fairfield,\" in a section of Wilkes County that later became part of Cauldwell County. The beautiful old home still stands today. Tucker describes the house and the merchant business started by Harper and William P. Waugh. In 1840, Harper gave thirty acres of land to build a town on, which he called Lenoir. He also wrote in the town charter that a saloon was never to tolerated within it limits.