Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fanning's Rock

In playing around with UNC's new digital maps collection I stumbled across the 1873 Bean Map of Randolph County - frequently cited on this blog! I noticed "Fanning's Rock" marked on Richland Creek. Initially I thought this was a reference to an old tale that someone had been chased off a rock by Tory Col. David Fanning int he Revolutionary War, but when I googled that subject I realized I was thinking of Faith Rock which is on the Deep River in Cedar Falls (10 miles or so to the north. So I wonder what story there might be behind Fanning Rock?

Here's the detail from the Bean map:

Bean 1873 Fanning's Rock

It seems likely that it would be easy to find the rock that this map is referring to, as it must be the most prominent rock outcropping in the vicinity of the Riverside Road bridge over Richland Creek.

I noticed that this same spot on the 1884 Johnson Map of Ranolph County is also shown as Fanning's Rock, but interestingly just a mile or so to the east of it, there is another spot labeled "Fanning's Rock and Cave." This second spot is on Brush Creek a little downstream of the NC 22 bridge. Here's the detail from the Johnson map:

Fanning's Rock 1884 Johnson

Googling "Fanning's Rock" didn't turn up any references to either of these spots. Anyone out there know what the story is?

1 comment:

  1. I looked at Branson's 1894 Randolph County Business Directory today and noticed that Fanning Rock is labeled in the map in that book, as is Fanning's Rock & Cave.