Medal of Honor: James Harper McDonald

Medal of Honor: James Harper McDonald When I arrived at Fishing Creek Cemetery I had not realized the number of interesting people who were buried in this small, sacred plot of land located in the wilds north of Roulette. Far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, the cemetery is the final resting … Continue reading Medal of Honor: James Harper McDonald

Chang and Eng: The Bunker Twins

Grave of Chang and Eng Bunker, White Plains Baptist Cemetery Having left Wytheville, Virginia before the sun was up, I was headed to Winston-Salem to spend the day. It had been years since I had last visited the region and I wanted to make the best of the day at historic Old Salem. However, I … Continue reading Chang and Eng: The Bunker Twins

Along the Way: Betty Smith

Betty Smith, author “Do you have directions to the grave?” Zech asked as Jen drove their car onto the sacred grounds of Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. We had spent the morning at the Occoneechee Speedway and had decided to explore a couple of the regional cemeteries and the notable people buried there. Note: more about … Continue reading Along the Way: Betty Smith

Enos “Country” Slaughter

Grave of Enos Slaughter, Allensville Cemetery I had returned to Roxboro, North Carolina after being away for almost ten years. Having friends living in the area, my family had visited the region numerous times over the years. Entering town from the north on Route 501, there was a sign welcoming visitors and announcing the community … Continue reading Enos “Country” Slaughter

Along the Way: The Occoneechee Speedway

The Occoneechee Speedway from the start/finish line looking towards Turn One, the race track goes left, the entrance path goes to the right. “On your left,” I heard a voice call out. For a moment I felt like I was caught in a time loop as the young couple jogged past again. This had been … Continue reading Along the Way: The Occoneechee Speedway

What Happened to the Rosso Family?

The Rosso Memorial, Ursina Cemetery Leaving Larry Critchfield’s grave, I made my way towards the rear of the cemetery. At the rear of the cemetery, just feet from the road, was a memorial that caught my attention. Pausing on the roadway, I studied the stone and the list of names on it. All of the … Continue reading What Happened to the Rosso Family?