OUTLANDER Links, Part II: Colonial North Carolina

Here are some links to various sites relating to Colonial North Carolina, the American Revolution, and colonial life in general:

Merrymags sent in the following link:
https://www.northcarolinahistory.org/ - Check out the encyclopedia. Fascinating stuff!
This one comes from Jari Backman:
https://tinyurl.com/3fokmh - Lots of interesting facts about Governor Josiah Martin of North Carolina, mentioned in ABOSAA.

And here are some that I found:

https://jas-townsend.com/ - A site for 18th century re-enactors, including tons of photos of objects, clothing, etc., in use in everyday life. And all of it is available for sale! <g>
https://ncpedia.org/history/usrevolution/moores-creek-bridge - Moore's Creek Battlefield site (commemorating the battle described in ABOSAA)
https://www.ncfolk.org/TravelGuides/Groundhog_kilns.aspx - A "groundhog kiln" similar to the one Brianna tried to build in ABOSAA
And finally, here's a book about 18th century clothing, with lots of illustrations, that I found on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in September. (Sorry I can't post pictures from the book here, but it's copyrighted material.) I highly recommend this book if you are curious about what the various items of clothing mentioned in the OUTLANDER and Lord John books actually looked like.

That's all for now. If you come across any more links that you think others would like to see, please pass them along!

If you find these links interesting, check out my other "OUTLANDER Links" blog entries:

OUTLANDER Links, Part 14: 18th Century Clothing
OUTLANDER Links, Part 13: Plants and Herbs
OUTLANDER Links, Part 12: Standing Stones
OUTLANDER Links, Part 11: Science and Technology
OUTLANDER Links, Part 10: Weaponry
OUTLANDER Links, Part 9: Historical Events
OUTLANDER Links, Part 8: 18th Century Medicine
OUTLANDER Links, Part VII: Gemstones
OUTLANDER Links, Part VI: Wildlife
OUTLANDER Links, Part V: Castles and Palaces
OUTLANDER Links, Part IV: Native Americans
OUTLANDER Links, Part III: All Things Scottish
OUTLANDER Links, Part I: Culloden
What Do These Things Look Like?


Jari Backman said...

The fiery cross in Fiery Cross seemed to be far away from KKK, but it isn't.

The book that inspired KKK movements in the 20th Century can be found in the net, http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/dixonclan/dixon.html

Check the forewords, the name of the main characters and especially page 326.

The further history linking KKK and the book is explained in Wikipedia.

(I just can't figure why those responsible of the blog machine decided to drop the linking. I am checking much less of those links as you can't click them, and I'm probably not the only one)

Karen Henry said...
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Karen Henry said...


Thanks for the link. The site where you found this is owned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which happens to be where I went to college. <g>

I found the part on page 326 (and the picture on 326a) fascinating, because it so closely mirrors what we read in FIERY CROSS.

I don't quite understand your reference to linking. All the links from my blog entries work, as far as I can tell. Do you mean that you can't create a clickable link from inside the comment window? There is a trick to that, that works with Blogger.

As long as you type it into the comment window like this:

<a href="http://www.dianagabaldon.com">test of link to DG web site</a>

you will get a clickable link that works, like this:

test of link to DG web site

Give that a try and let me know if it still doesn't work for you.


Karen Henry said...

Here's another one, mentioned by Kemara on the Ladies of Lallybroch site earlier today:

"Natural History of North Carolina"

This is the book mentioned in DRUMS OF AUTUMN, that Jamie uses, among other things, to research the habits of snakes, alligators, and other wildlife native to the area. <g>


Jari Backman said...


Yes, the picture gave me goose bumps as I read it.

I must have tested links in a wrong way. And being not able to read properly => it actually says <a> in the line with some HTML tags.

I just got HTML doesn't work here- message, and thought that it wasn't possible. Thank you.

Mitzi H. said...

I'll try to cut/paste link to one of my favorite maps of North Carolina 1775-1780. It even has Cross Creek....Cool!!



Karen Henry said...


Fascinating map, thanks! I'm rather bemused by the empty space where Raleigh (where I live) ought to be...but of course it didn't exist during the colonial period.

I'm going to have to take a good close look at that map. Really neat find!


Mitzi H. said...

Here is a picture of Flora McDonald's homesite when she resided at Cross Creek from 1774-1775. I remember Claire saying something about her not staying in the new world and being buried in the old one....She was a loyalist, and she did not win this battle of independence.


Karen Henry said...


Did you forget to include the link? Oops. It didn't come through. Please try again.


Mitzi H. said...

Let me try that again?? Mitzi.


Mitzi H. said...

I’ve looked up loads of things and places mentioned in the books. Many of the places/events lead to future places and events and “may or not be” involved in DG’s future stories. They are just historical stuff I find interesting.

For instance, I researched Herman Husband….not because he has anything to do with DG’s future books, but because he was involved in the Whiskey Rebellion (1794), and I thought just….maybe…Jamie would be involved in it because he likes to drink and make the stuff… and also because he has a history with the “Old Quaker”…All the information regarding Herman Husband is just “historical” and may or may not involve people involved in DG’s stories…past & possible.

For Instance…Interesting Point??….Did you know a Whiskey Tax was imposed on the colonies so many of the whiskey makers moved on over to other states….Tennessee and Kentucky were exempt of the tax and ended up being the biggest whiskey producers of all…i.e. no tax)

Is this the kind of stuff you want us to share??? After my Mary Higgins question on CompuServe… (Not good) I don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but I’d still like to participate.


Karen Henry said...


Personally I'm interested in anything that has a connection to the books, so Herman Husband's story definitely qualifies. <g>

As for your comment on Compuserve about Mary Hawkins Randall, honestly, don't worry about that! You didn't do anything wrong in the slightest. In my opinion, Barbara totally over-reacted. And we still don't really know the answer to your question, in any case.

I thought her reaction was way out of proportion to the comment you made, and that's one reason why I split it off into a separate discussion. Contact me by email (the link is at the bottom right of this page) if you want to discuss this further. But please don't let what happened there discourage you from posting on Compuserve, if you have something to say!


Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Thanks for posting all these links and photos, I've found it fascinating, and it's so nice to have them all together and the links that you've posted earlier. I didn't know HH was involved in the Whiskey Rebellion. He certainly got around, didn't he?

Anonymous said...

Love this site. This page all the more interesting in that Cross creek is the next county over, and the road from Jamie and Claire likely traveled to the mountains of NC was an old buffalo trail that became the Yadkin Road that linked Cross Creek to Salisbury in the west. I live beside that road now.

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