Know History? A Granville First.
Firsts were in vogue this weekend. I arrived first for the 2015 Granville convention, entering an empty courthouse where a deputy waited to escort the attendees upstairs to the well-equipped courtroom. After stowing my dripping umbrella, we went upstairs. The second person to arrive was Chair Floyd Adsit who had an agenda with a colorful flag. As Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the (hi)story:
The county of Granville was the first county to have a flag approved by the State of North Carolina in 1964. According to the Granville County Historical Society, the white diamond on a crimson field from taken from the coat of arms of John Carteret, who was also known as the Earl of Granville. The Earl owned the Granville District and Granville was formed in 1746 from Edgecombe County. Oxford was made the county seat in 1811 and was incorporated in 1816, again according to the Historical Society.
This post’s photo is a logo for the Granville GOP which held their annual county convention on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Beset by rain, it was at least 20 degrees warmer than last year, when ice and threatening snow/sleet endangered delegates. An umbrella was the only weapon needed this year, and most delegates came equipped. Other early arrivals included Brenda Peace and Martha Williams, both of whom are faithful volunteers in Granville County.
After a fairly uneventful set of proceedings, the delegates slipped back on the road. Some drove past the Masonic Home For Children (previously known as the Oxford Orphanage). More on this piece of NC history in a future post.