North Carolina Minute: Tar Heel trivia

Published September 29, 2022

By J. C. Knowles

August 15, 1585 – Sir Walter Raleigh’s first colony landed on Roanoke Island.
1712 – Edward Mashbone conducted a school for whites and Indians at Sarum in Gates County.
November 17, 1753 – Moravians from Pennsylvania purchased a tract of land in Piedmont North
 Carolina and called the land Wachovia.
January 15, 1771 – Queens College was established in Charlotte.
1802 – Michael Shinck established the first cotton mill in the state.
1810 – The first volume of North Carolina poetry was published
1840 – Southern Baptists send the first missionary to China.
May 12, 1842 – St. Mary’s school for girls opened in Raleigh.
1861 – The first military camp in North Carolina, Camp Ellis, was located on the old fairgrounds
 in Raleigh. It was named in honor of sitting governor John Ellis.
February 2, 1877 – The Carolina General Assembly created the first NC State Board of Health.
1970 – North Carolina claimed the largest highway system in the nation with 73,036 miles.