Edenton works to fund book detailing town’s historical past

By Rebecca Bunch

Chowan Herald

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EDENTON — If Edenton’s town leaders have their way, grant proceeds will help fund a book that celebrates the 300th anniversary of Edenton’s founding.

The town council voted unanimously at its March 12 monthly meeting to allow the town to apply for funds that could result in such a book. Funds for the town’s share of the proposed project would come from a $4,000 ElectriCities Smart Communities Grant that requires a match. That match, plus some additional funds, would come from a $6,000 contribution by the Edenton Historical Commission toward the cost of writing and publishing the commemorative book, according to the proposal.

Town Manager Anne-Marie Knighton said that she thought the project was an important one.

“There is no single book on our bookshelves that has all the history,” she said.

Councilman Bob Quinn, chairman of the town’s 300th anniversary celebration committee, said that should the project secure the necessary funds the author of the book is expected to be Troy Kickler, who since 2005 has served as director of the North Carolina History Project.

Kickler holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee.

“He’s quite enamored with Edenton,” said Quinn, pointing out that Kickler maintains a satellite office in town. “And he is well versed in the history of our (Edenton’s) Founding Fathers.”

Mayor Roland Vaughan said that while many books have been written about noteworthy individual Edentonians such as James Iredell, there remains a need for a book that captures the overall history of the community.

“I think this would be a wonderful addition to our permanent history,” Vaughan said.

Copies of the book could be sold at the Barker House gift shop and the Historic Edenton Visitor Center as well as local businesses, Quinn said.