From Crossroads to Capital

You may have already seen the Dept. of Cultural Resources press release about the joint project between our staff at the North Carolina State Archives and our cohorts over in the State Library of North Carolina. But just in case you haven’t read anything about this exhibit yet, let me quote a bit from the press release:

The State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Archives have unveiled the Web site, “From Crossroads to Capital: The Founding and Early History of Raleigh, NC.” Through books, maps, manuscripts, and illustrations, the collection documents Raleigh’s founding in 1792 and takes viewers through the capital’s first 50 years.

“As we celebrate National Library Week, this new Web site is also a perfect fit with Cultural Resources theme this year – ‘Telling Our Stories,'” said State Librarian Mary Boone. “Look for more digital collections in the coming months as the State Library of North Carolina continues to make our state’s history available online.”

North Carolina’s bustling capital city was nothing more than a forest of oak and hickory trees located near the Wake Cross Roads and the tavern of early entrepreneur Isaac Hunter when legislators hotly debated its founding.

The Web site includes a time line, brief history, and a searchable database, which will be of great use for genealogists, students, and other researchers. A unique feature of the site is that handwritten texts, such as deeds and reports are fully searchable.

To read more about events involving the Department of Cultural Resources, visit the departmental “In the News” page.