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History of the State Line

October 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Buchanan
Bristol Historical Association
(276) 669-3885

History of the State Line is topic of BHA Meeting.

Bristol Virginia – On Monday, October 22 the Bristol Historical Association will welcome Lorna Hainesworth who will speak on the history of our local state line. Her program is entitled, “First Four Surveys on the 36º 30′ Parallel: Dividing Line Betwixt VA & NC, KY & TN.” You might have wondered how this line was created, and in particular, why is this line so crooked? Ms. Hainesworth is on a month-long nationwide tour telling the story of one of the nation’s earliest dividing lines. Also included is a little known survey conducted by Meriwether Lewis at the dividing line in November 1806 near present-day Cumberland Gap.

The PowerPoint presentation will detail the controversies, relevant issues, and historic figures who played a part of in the dividing line between Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. This state line was directly responsible for the eventual development of Bristol Virginia-Tennessee making its location unique in the nation. For two centuries, and as far back as Colonial America, the dividing line along the 36º 30′ Parallel was in legal dispute.

A Maryland resident, Hainesworth Lorna is an independent scholar who has done extensive research on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Historic National Road, the History of United States Land Surveying, along with the lives of the relevant surveyors. She is an Ambassador and National Traveler, and is a researcher for numerous organizations, including the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the National Road Associations, and others.

She has written two books describing her travels, one on Route 66 and the other on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Lorna has contributed articles to the Maryland Historic National Road website and to several publications such as “We Proceeded On” and “The Portolan.” Her work also appears on Academia.edu. Lorna is a graduate of Oshkosh University in Wisconsin and Cornell University in New York. Her employment included work as a teacher and as a federal employee. In retirement, she has given numerous presentations across the nation.

The October 22 meeting is open to the public and held in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, buchanan03@bvu.net. Get more details on Facebook at BRISTOL HISTORY.


October 22, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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