Historical Maps Reveal the Likely Location of Raleigh’s ‘Wills Forest’ House

I’ve sometimes heard Raleigh history enthusiasts speculate about the location of the mansion known as Wills Forest, traditionally located in the Glenwood-Brooklyn neighborhood between Peace Street and Fred Fletcher Park. The existence of a street named Wills Forest Street in that neighborhood gives rise to the question whether that street marks the location of the long-gone mansion of Major John Devereux and his wife, Margaret Mordecai Devereux.… Read More Historical Maps Reveal the Likely Location of Raleigh’s ‘Wills Forest’ House

Raleigh’s Civil War Fortifications Protected the Home of Quartermaster John Devereux

If you stand at the corner of Peace Street and West Street, where the new Publix market is, and look northwest, you’ll be looking up to the hilltop where John and Margaret (Mordecai) Devereux lived with their children.… Read More Raleigh’s Civil War Fortifications Protected the Home of Quartermaster John Devereux

‘Green’s Place’ 1863 Civil War artillery emplacement at Raleigh, NC, – southernmost redan, on today’s S. Saunders St.

The southernmost stretch of Civil War earthworks around Raleigh, NC, were near an area marked Green’s Land on the 1863 and 1865 maps. A composite graphic shows how we can determine that this loop of fortifications ran near the current intersection of S. Saunders St. and I-440.… Read More ‘Green’s Place’ 1863 Civil War artillery emplacement at Raleigh, NC, – southernmost redan, on today’s S. Saunders St.

Treasure trove of Civil War artifacts discovered at site of Raleigh Farmers Market in 1988

In 1988, relic hunters discovered a sizable number of Civil War artifacts just before earthmovers came in to begin sitework for the Raleigh Farmers Market. Today a much more ambitious development plan suggests now is the time for more archaeological investigation at the site of Dorothea Dix Park.… Read More Treasure trove of Civil War artifacts discovered at site of Raleigh Farmers Market in 1988