Martin County Revisited
Situated along the Roanoke River, Martin County was established in 1774. Its vast pine forests assured early economic success with the production of naval stores, tar pitch and turpentine. By the late 19th century, large-scale lumber concerns and tobacco and peanut farming ushered in new prosperity. Today, the area is a leader in peanut and cotton production.
Local historian and Williamston native Fred W. Harrison Jr. draws from repositories, private collections and his own knowledge to share memories and historical information in this new book. Twice during the 20th century, the county made national headlines—first with the 1925 Needleman Case and later with the Williamston civil rights events of 1963 and 1964. In addition to news topics, there are fond recollections of social gatherings, parades and intriguing personalities like local baseball legends Jim and Gaylord Perry. Softcover, more than 200 vintage images, 128 pages, $21.95. The book, part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, is available at area bookstores or through the contacts below.