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Shiloh Mills & Wharfs

As the area known as Milltown prospered and grew, shippers brought in cargo and wharfs and warehouses were built to accomodate them. Saw Mills supplied the lumber to build the wharfs and warehouses. This is the area that later became known as Shiloh, deriving its name from the Baptist Church in the region.

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Old Trap, NC

Raymond Creek Settlement

The first settlers who settled on the north side of the Pasquotank River located themselves along Fleming Creek, currently known as Raymond's Creek. George Fleming established a small residence that was about 12 feet wide and 18 feet long with dirt floors. This took place before the Albemarle Territory was given to eight Lord's Proprietors by Charles II in 1663. The County of Albemarle became the Province of North Carolina in 1689.

By 1700 Fleming Creek became known as Raymond's Creek, named after William Raymond. The Raymond Creek area soon became the most popular community on the northeast side of the river with two places to worship: "Down River Chapel", established by the Anglican Church and the "Baptist Meeting Place", at the mouth of Raymond's Creek established in 1727. [Editor's Note: The 'Baptist Meeting Place' referred to is the 'Shiloh Baptist Church', which was organized by William Burges in 1727. They met at his home for lack of any other place of worship until 1736 when the first Shiloh Baptist Church building was built.].

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Old Trap Store

The "Trap" first appeared in Camden records after the Revolutionary War and is said to have been given the name by local women who became irate when their husbands stayed too long at a grogshop (store) on their way to and from the windmill on the river. After 1800 the Trap became known as "Old Trap" and was officially used when the post office opened in 1881.

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Brick Store at Old Trap

The brick store at Old Trap was built in 1927 and it was operated by Martin Hubbard, Elroy Pugh, and Jim Burgess. Jim Burgess sold out and it was then operated by Hubbard and Pugh. Elroy Pugh sold out in 1947 and the store was renamed Riggs and Riggs. In 1955 Warren Riggs bought the store but his mother, 'Miss Ellie', continued to operate it until 1961 when Warren took over and became the 'unofficial mayor of Old Trap'.

Even though ownership of the store changed through the years, its purpose remained the same - to provide entertainment for the local men in the community and of course it did provide groceries and daily supplies to households. Card games, dominos, and even pool in the back room, kept the men coming to the store and staying late into the night up until its closing. It was the central spot for communication as men stayed well informed on local gossip, county government, and other political issues facing our state and country at that time. The legacy of 'Old Trap' remained until its final closing in 1997.

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Shiloh Stores

Below are some pictures of stores that have come and gone in Shiloh Township throughout Camden's history.

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Old Trap Stores

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Texaco Beach Restaurant & Elizabeth City Beach Restaurant

Both owned by the Cuthrell Family.

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Wade Point Lighthouse

The Wade Point Lighthouse served as the Pasquotank River's sentinel for almost 100 years from 1859 to 1955. The screw-pile lighthouse was a 26 foot square building which rested on 5 steel pilings with the floor about 12 feet above the water's surface. The original lighthouse was burned by Union forces (during the Civil War) in 1862 and was not rebuilt until after the war. The lighthouse served the Pasquotank River until 1955 when the US Coast Guard decommissioned it and sold it to Elijah Tate from Coinjock for $1.00. The structure was destroyed when it slipped off the barge during a storm into the Pasquotank River. Today the pilings are still visible off Camden Point.

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School Resource Information

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GARRY W. MEIGGS
Chairman

P. MICHAEL MCLAIN
Vice Chairman

SANDRA J. DUCKWALL
CLAYTON D. RIGGS
RANDY KRAINIAK

 

MICHAEL RENSHAW
County Manager

ASHLEY HONAKER
Clerk to the Board

JOHN S. MORRISON
County Attorney
     

To whom it may concern:

Thank you for your interest in the History and Culture of Camden County.  Below are links to several Camden County historical resources.

Click here for information regarding the following:

  1. "South Mills" - General History of the Northern Township of Camden County
  2. "Camden" - General History of the County Seat Township
  3. "Shiloh" - General History of the Southern Township of Camden County
  4. "The Historic Camden County Courthouse" - Brief History of the Courthouse
  5. "Camden - County of Opportunity" - Historical highpoints of Camden County
  6. "Education in Camden" - Educational History of Camden County
  7. "Wade Point Lighthouse" - Brief History of Pasquotank River's own Lighthouse
    (lighthouse no longer exists, building was destroyed - see handout for more details)
  8. "Celebrating a Gateway" - Daily Advance Article from August 9, 2006 about the Floating Road
  9. "You might be a 'Swampneck'!" - Information about the Dismal Swamp Canal and Welcome Center.


Also check out:

http://www.dismalswamp.com/

http://www.albemarle-nc.com/gates/greatdismal/

http://www.albemarle-nc.com/camden/history/

 

For Civil War History that happened in Camden County, check out the "Battle of South Mills" website:
http://southmillsbattle.home.coastalnet.com/