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Road names point to the Cape Fear region’s plantation past

Illustration published in Frank Leslie’s illustrated newspaper, 1866 Oct. 20, p. 72. Subjects: Rice culture on Cape Fear River, N.C. / from sketches by James E. Taylor. Library of Congress, Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: Illus. in AP2.L52 Case Y[P&P]

This story is inspired by a road that is named for the Hermitage plantation, which was located eight miles north of Wilmington, NC. The Hermitage was one of several plantations owned by John Burgwin (1731–1803). A wealthy English merchant, Burgwin inherited the plantation from his first wife, Margaret Marsden Haynes, who was the granddaughter of English pastor Richard Marsden. Burgwin was…

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