Dr. Lloyd Bailey Lecture Series
Time & Location
About the Event
After four lectures on how our pioneer ancestors found their way to the “New World” and to the Toe River Valley in particular, the topics now take a new direction: What did our ancestors do in terms of such basic activities as education, medicine, production of clothing, amusements such as music, and so on?
The first of these sessions will focus upon the crucial procedures for education. Do you know that it was 176 years after the King of England granted the Carolina Charter (1663 A.D.) that the State of North Carolina first offered its counties tax money in support of public schools, provided if they would supplement it with local taxes?
Did you know that Yancey County, economically depressed, at first declined it and finally accepted it (1842)?
Did you ever hear your elders speak of attending “subscription schools” that were the local option prior to (and sometimes after) that action? Do you know why the method of instruction in such crude one-roomed log cabins was sometimes called a “blab school”?
Would you like to hold in your own hands the three basic textbooks that were used in such schools, and then marvel that their difficulty would sometimes exceed the ability of modern high school graduates? Would you like to ponder one or two of their logical quandaries, spelling words, or problems in arithmetic?
Would you like to see a series of hand-written documents about such difficulties dating back to 1828, some of them about Shoal Creek and other points?
Would you like to see early photos of school on Shoal Creek?
This is your chance! Don’t miss it!