Sunday, September 8, 2013

History and Legends of North Carolina at The Peak City Book Festival

We have a nice list of authors lined up with books about North Carolina coming to The Peak City Book Festival.   Want to be added to the list - register for the #PeakCityBookFestival by September 15th.


In 1945, Hurricane 9 rocked the Carolinas, severely flooding and incapacitating the New Hope Valley area. As a result, Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study water resource needs in the area. Originally named the New Hope Project, it received funding in 1963, and construction began in 1967. In 1974, after lake supporter Sen. B. Everett Jordan passed away,the lake and dam were renamed in his honor. The senator never saw the lake finished, as it was not filled until 1982.

Jordan Lake encompasses 46,768 acres of which 13,900 acres are flooded to form a reservoir at 216 feet above mean sea level. The lake provides recreation, wildlife conservation, and water supply to surrounding cities. Jordan Lake also attracts one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the southeast.

With photographs from the flood of 1945 to a group baptism in 2007, these stories and more will make you want to spend an afternoon at Jordan Lake.

Images of America: Jordan Lake is Heather Leigh Wallace's second book with Arcadia Publishing; the first was Images of America: Saxapahaw. Heather is a member of the Haw River Assembly and the Friends of Capt. Chris Matheus professional networking group that admires Jordan Lake. A portion of the author's proceeds will go toward environmental stewardship at the lake.

While most mill towns have gone by the wayside, the town of Saxapahaw has flourished with sustainable practices and has become a town that others like to mimic. Saxapahaw, which means “rocks on the Haw,” was first settled by the Sissipahaw Indians. For 150 years, the heart of this town was driven by a cotton mill that forever closed its doors in 1994 when a rare tornado ripped through the mill.

Visionary entrepreneur John M. Jordan and his two sons, “Mac” and Carter, gave life back to the town when they purchased the mill, gave it a face-lift, and made way for affordable lofts, condos, a gym, and small businesses.

Through more than 200 photographs, readers will enjoy learning about the hometown of the beloved Sen. B. Everett Jordan, the benevolent benefactor John M. Jordan, and how the town of Saxapahaw has been progressively embracing a sensibly green lifestyle.

Carol Crane

A family of immigrants journey from Pennsylvania to a land that sets beneath the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. A place where the soil is rich for farming and the nearby stream, beckons “Welcome, welcome.” This idyllic setting, known as Brown Mountain, North Carolina, is the home of Pa, Ma and three little girls, whose story explains the mysterious lights that have danced in the night sky for hundreds of years.

Carol Crane is an author, a historian, and has always been a journal writer. Traveling around the country, she speaks at reading conferences and schools. Using information in the state books, she transports kids around their state, country, and world. Her greatest joy is to have a student say, “wow! I didn’t know that.” 

With 45 years of experience in children’s literature, Carol Crane has become widely recognized by many schools and educators for her expertise in literature. Her credits include; S is for Sunshine, Sunny Numbers, T is for Tarheel, Wright Numbers, P is for Peach, A Peck of Peaches, P is for Palmetto, Net Numbers, L is for Lonestar, Roundup, L is for the Last Frontier, D is for Dancing Dragon, Y is for Yellow Hammer, F is for the First State, P is for Pilgrim, The Handkerchief Quilt, and her most recent for 2011, The Christmas Tree Ship, which was featured in USA Today.

Family tales of unexplained death, swaying yellow lights in the dead of night, and an apparition suddenly apparent and talking, yet, no words spoken. These are just a few experiences in the lives of the Stone family. “The Wanderer”, the subject of many local legends haunts the land he roams. Through four generations, the wraith exerts the powerful influences of distraction, protection and devastation as it attempts to deal with changes in the New Hope Valley region.

“A great local historical ghost story, one that makes me want to get out there and experience this phenomena for myself.” -~Anne Pressley Co-Founder and Lead Investigator for PB&J Paranormal

"Folk stories about unexplained phenomenon provide an interesting element to North Carolina's history. The Wanderer of New Hope adds to the mystery." – Sherry Monahan, Author of Apex, Images of America