Karen, Thanks so much for your response.Yes. I agree about the names coming to life.
I wanted to share something else about the New Garden area to make it more real also. My husband and I drove over there last week. This New Garden area is in Jamestown, NC which is a town that is in between Greensboro and Highpoint.Actually, these towns are all running together now with the booming development that is going on.(which means stripping more trees!)
Anyway, we stopped on Main Street in Jamestown and toured the Mendenhall Plantation.It belonged to Richard Mendenhall who was the grandson of James Mendenhall. James is where the name "Jamestown" originated.James orginal home was torn down when the lake was developed. But inside of Richard's house is the old cornerstone from James' house dating back to the 1700's. I am telling you all of this because Richard's house is directly across the street from the City Park/Lake AND the old building that housed William Beard, Hatmaker's little business. That building is still there.
Jamestown is a very small community and the people are trying hard to preserve the history. Greensboro is doing this also. Today we toured the Battle of Guilford Courthouse which is right in the middle of town here in Greensboro. It is a National Park. This was a battle that was a turning point for the war.(March 15,1781)But the interesting thing.... Cornwallis had his men at New Garden and the Quakers used their meeting house for a hospital for the Americans as well as the British. The British marched down New Garden Road and approached Gen Greene's force waiting for them at the Guilford Courthouse area. The old log home from where that battle took place housed more wounded soldiers. It still stands in the park. (The Joseph Hoskins homestead.)
Just think...if William Beard's walls could talk......what wonderful stories we could hear!!
One more thing, you may run across the name Deep River. It was a Quaker Community also. In fact, I think Cornwallis had his "headquarters" set up before the battle at the Deep River Meeting House. It is just "up the road" from New Garden.