Letter: More ammunition for debate over finishing company site
Publication Salisbury Post
Date August 27, 2006
Section(s) Opinion
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Brief I am writing as an interested historian regarding the ongoing debate over the land that surrounded what was once called the Yadkin Finishing Co. I lived there for more than 15 years, and my father worked and lived there for more than 30 years. His grandfa

I am writing as an interested historian regarding the ongoing debate over the land that surrounded what was once called the Yadkin Finishing Co. I lived there for more than 15 years, and my father worked and lived there for more than 30 years. His grandfather operated the Grubb Ferry from Davidson County to Rowan.

It is racetrack developer Dave Risdon's opinion that any Civil War action took place on Alcoa's property, not his. On April 12, 1865, Gen. Zebulon York's battery dropped their "opinion" in my grandfather's backyard -- a couple of solid-shot Howitzer shells which I found in the 1960s, still available for inspection. My father and Richard Yarbrough found two more "opinions" near the Yarbrough barn in the 1930s. These shells were clearly located on parcel 048 006.

We played in the Civil War trenches on the hill behind the church, and you can still see them on our home movies. These were the same trench dimensions that are found on top of Camp Yadkin. The Yarbrough farmhouse stood in our backyard until the late 1950s, and the farmhouse location was also on the same parcel. So is the roadbed that connected the toll road and Salisbury along which the Union troops moved with their batteries. My father had actual conversations with Mrs. Yarbrough who witnessed the six-hour battle surrounding her house.

This land was one of many Yadkin River plantations, similar to the James River plantations, which also became the site of the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States, the longest pre-Civil War trestle in North Carolina, and the last Confederate victory in North Carolina. It would seem that perhaps an opportunity for a historical marketing attraction is being missed. Remember that the finishing company held great promise of jobs and tax revenue in 1916.

-- Timothy A. Grubb

Conyers, Ga.