Siler City is located in the piedmont region of North Carolina, on the western side of Chatham County. The railroad first ran through the area in 1884, and the community was officially established in 1887. Blacksmith shops, livery stables, cotton gins, and sawmills were early resources that attracted trade. Lumber mills, furniture manufacturers, and a yarn plant came to town and supported its early industrialization. In 1972, Frances Bavier, better known as “Aunt Bee” from The Andy Griffith Show, retired from acting and bought a house in Siler City, where she lived the remainder of her days. Today, Siler City is a unique town that offers local residents and visitors a variety of activities, including an active artist community, Mount Vernon Springs, parks, and local sporting events at area high schools. Through this collection of historical photographs, Siler City showcases the rich industrial, commercial, and communal history of this small Southern town.
About the Author
Marian Rogers-Lindsay, born in Siler City, is a librarian and teacher for the Guilford County School System and a member of the Warnersville Historical & Beautification Society. Most of the images in Siler City are from the Duane Hall Historical Collection, the Chatham County Historical Association, or private collections.
Table of Contents
1 Matthews Crossing 9
2 Businesses 17
3 Churches 39
4 Schools 51
5 Sports and Recreation 65
6 Law Enforcement and Municipalities 83
7 The People of Siler City 93
8 Town Murals 109
9 Surrounding Area Attractions 117
About the Organization 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent book! I especially enjoyed the introduction, business, sports, people, and churches chapters. The introduction is not boring; as a matter of fact it is not a boring book at all. I spent two and half hours reading the book Labor Day. I truly enjoyed the stories about the Siler Matthews house, the rabbits (awesome, I wish we could find rabbits that big today), the Arts Incubator, the chicken plant, William Clyde Thomas, Tod Edwards, Brother Z, and Charlie Rodgers. Great mixture of people! In order for the author to get some of this information meant that she had to have spent some long hours with some knowledgeable people. The pictures are dynamic and crisp. There is only one picture that looks a little blurred page 54. Pictures don’t give misinformation, you can generalize the dates of the pictures by the make of the cars, and clothing people are wearing, shoes, and streets. Anonymous slander or pure slander means somebody has accomplished something that somebody else couldn’t or wouldn’t. Reprints mean corrections so instead of acting in an annoyed way contact the author and give her the correct information as you see it and let her check out your information for inclusion. From one history buff to another that’s the right thing to do! By the way check out the bibliography for facts that’s why it is there. Check it out!
I liked the book and I have brought ten copies of the book and given them away as gifts. I personally like the pictures. The pictures and words tell the story of the tranquil town that "Aunt Bee" decided to retire in after her long and eloquent acting career. I know several people from Siler City and I can agree that through this collection of historical photographs the book showcases the rich industrial, commercial and communal history of the small southern town. As a writer myself, I can imagine how hard it must have been to re-introduce yourself to the town you were born in and get people to give you information and believe you are creating a work with aesthetic qualities. Kudos for the work, and tenacity of the author to collect the pictures, solicit the information from people about the pictures, and complete such an outstanding book about the town of “Siler City,” that we have all heard about from watching the Andy Griffith Show from the town of Mayberry, NC. I hope everyone in Siler City buys this book and shows it to their children. Children these days grow up without knowing their history. Parents are so busy these days that they don’t have time to talk to their children about their family tree let alone the town their family grew up in. Sure someone may have been omitted, but give the children a chance to see and read about where they came from. Give the children the opportunity to research for more information about their heritage and open their minds to possibilities.
This book is full of misinformation, incorrect dates, and the omission of some of Siler City's greatest leaders. The writer didn't even list the name of the chief of police pictured twice but was sure to list our present one. If she was truly raised in Siler City as touted, she would have known the name of Mr. Fred Poston, a math teacher, principal, and prominent citizen on page 75. On nearly every page there is a mistake. I was hopeful to read this book to my children so that they could learn something about the history of their town. Instead it is used as political propaganda making the town of Siler City disappointed and angry over their new 'history' book about their town.All the author had to do was ask some of the "Old Siler City," more than two or three people about the names, dates and places and it would have made an outstanding book.