Carolina’s Lost Communities

Session 4 – Sources consulted for “Along the Broad River” (Scott Withrow presentation)


Delpino, Irene Roach.   A Broad River Digest.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:   Omega Press, Inc., 1991.   A very local but well-researched history.  

DePreist, Joe.  Memories of the Broad River:  Oral Histories at Told to Joe DePriest.   Boiling Springs, North Carolina:  Broad River Greenway Council (printed by Westmoreland Printers, Shelby, North Carolina), 1910.   An interesting oral history of the river recorded by Joe DePriest, former reporter for the Shelby Star and Charlotte Observer.

Griffin, Clarence W.  “Hickory Nut Gap—History and Legend,” in Western North Carolina Sketches.  Forest City, North Carolina:  The Forest City Courier, 1941, 41-55.   Griffin was an early historian of Rutherford County.   He had much good primary information closer to the source, but didn’t always separate fact from legend, more typical of some of the writing of his era.

Kibler, James Everett.   Our Fathers’ Fields:  A Southern Story.  Columbia:  University of South Carolina Press, 1998.   The author, compared by his reviewers to Wendell Berry and James Agee, brings to life people and places along the Tyger River in Union and Newberry counties in the vicinity of the Broad River.

Lane, John.  My Paddle to the Sea:  Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas.   Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 2011.    Lane is an environmental studies professor at Wofford College.  This is a reflective memoir of a trip on the Broad River to the Atlantic.    He spent one night on Goat Island, north of Henderson Island.   He recounts some of the boatmen slave narratives.  

Newton, Mrs. Ernest and Roy Brooks.  “William Greene One of County’s Most Colorful Historic Figures,” in Bridges to the Past, Volumes I and II, 1969-1978.  Forest City:  The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, 1992, 107-108.   A local well-researched genealogical history.  

Williams, Robert L. The Living Legacy of Hickory Nut Gorge.  Lawndale, North Carolina:  Rusty Gates Books, L. L. C., 2002.   Chapters are inconsistent in quality, but there are some good ones.

Wilkerson, Sandra Radford.  “The Artificial Towns of Rutherford County,” in The Heritage of Rutherford County, North Carolina, Volume II, 2017.  Forest City, North Carolina:  The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, Inc., 2017, page 4.  Burr was one of the “artificial” towns.  .

Withrow, Scott.  “A History of the Logan House (early inn),” in The Heritage of Rutherford County, North Carolina, Volume I, 1984, edited by William B. Bynum, Katherine Sanford Petrucelli, Joyce S. Tate, Beatrix Ramey, Glenn James, Max G. Padgett, Mabel Doggett, Scott Withrow, and Nancy Ellen Ferguson.  Winston-Salem, North Carolina:  Hunter Publishing Company, 1984,79-80.   This old inn still stands as a private residence near Lake Lure.

Works Project Administration.  Slave Narratives:  Interviews with Former Slaves.  South Carolina, Part 2.  Keith W. Brooks Publishing, 2013.   Contains the Charlie Jeff Harvey interview on Henderson Island, page 162.  

Yetman, Norman R. Voices from Slavery:  100 Authentic Slave Narratives.  Mineola, New York:  Dover Publications, Inc., 1999.  Contains, among other interviews, the Richard Jones (boatman of the Broad River) interview, pages 193-195.  


Carrillo, Richard F.  Archaeological Excavations at Pinckneyville, Site of Pinckney District, 1791-1800.  University of South Carolina, Scholar Commons

Broad River Greenway:  A Place for All Seasons.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Fairfield County Museum.  Welcome to Fairfield County, South Carolina. 

Federal Writers Project, WPA.  “Narrative of Richard Jones-Excerpts:  A Boatman on the Broad River.  Enslaved in South Carolina, ca. 1830s (?)-1865.  Interview conducted 9 July 1937, 

History of Pinckneyville, South Carolina.

Pinckneyville.  National Register of Historic Properties in South Carolina.  South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Slave Narratives, Volume XIV, South Carolina

Shivar Springs - Oral History with Tom McDowell

Shivar Springs - National Register of Historic Places.

Alston Depot, SC Memory -