The David John Aaron
Teaching and History Museum
Mount Olive, North Carolina


Selected events from our history

 

Years

Events

1663 & 1665

King Charles II of England grants charters for the Province of Carolina. Carolina becomes a British colony.

1729

The Province of Carolina is divided into North and South.

1775-1783

American War of Independence (American Revolutionary War) is fought between Britain and the new United States of America.

1776

July 2-4: United States Declaration of Independence is made public; proclaims independence from Britain.

1779

Wayne County is formed (split off from Dobb County).

1781

British army under Lieutenant General Charles, Earl Cornwallis marches from Wilmington NC north to Petersburg VA.

1783

The Treaty of Paris is signed; makes peace between Britain and each of the thirteen United States of America.

1789

November 21: North Carolina ratifies the Constitution, becoming the twelfth state in the Union.

1830-1836

The state legislature grants a charter to the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad. Construction of the railroad line begins, running north from Wilmington.

1838

Adam Winn, local African-American landowner, sells 19 acres of land to the railroad. The selling price is one dollar per acre. This area later becomes South Center Street in Mount Olive.

1840

The Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad is completed. The line runs from Wilmington, on the Atlantic coast, to Weldon, on the Roanoke River. At the time it is the longest railroad in the world at 161 miles. Direct passenger and freight rail service is now available between Wilmington and Weldon.

1840

Unincorporated villages of Mount Olive and Goldsborough begin to grow near railroad tracks.

1847

City of Goldsborough (Goldsboro) is incorporated.

1853

U.S. Post Office opens. Railroad stop and Post Office are officially named Mount Olive.

1855

Railroad is renamed the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.

1861

May 20: North Carolina secedes from the Union.

1862

March 14: Federal troops occupy the town of New Bern.

1862

December 16: Federal troops from New Bern raid Mount Olive and Dudley, damaging tracks, buildings, and rail cars.

1865

February 22: Federal troops occupy the city of Wilmington.

1865

March: Federal troops occupy the city of Kinston.

1865

March: Federal troops move through Mount Olive in a campaign to capture Goldsboro, with battles at Bentonville and Wyse Fork. Afterwards, Federal troops camp at Mount Olive, Goldsboro, and Faison.

1865

April 26: General Joseph E. Johnston signs formal surrender of all Confederate forces in the Carolinas.

1868

July 4: North Carolina readmitted to the Union.

1870

Town of Mount Olive is incorporated.

1880

The first truck farm is established in Mount Olive. Truck farming becomes a major local industry.

1883

The Mount Olive Telegraph, Mount Olive's first newspaper, is founded. The newspaper goes out of business in 1890.

1900-1902

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad is formed by merger of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad with other railroads.

1901

The Bank of Mount Olive is founded. (Later renamed Southern Bank.)

1904

Mount Olive Fire Department is founded.

1904

Mount Olive Tribune newspaper is founded.

1905

An "electric lighting system" is installed in Mount Olive.

1913

A North Carolina school attendance law is passed, requiring all children between the ages of eight and twelve to attend school at least four months of the year.

1917-1918

Worldwide influenza epidemic.

1924

Mount Olive Rotary Club established.

1926

Mt. Olive Pickle Company formally established.

1930

Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce is incorporated.

1939

Radio station WGBR opens in Goldsboro.

1951

Mount Allen Junior College (later renamed Mount Olive College) is founded by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists.

1952

May 15-17: "First Annual" Mount Olive Pickle Festival.

1953

Mount Allen Junior College moves to the town of Mount Olive, is renamed Mount Olive College.

1967

The Seaboard Coast Line Railroad is formed by merger of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad.

1973

The Georgia Pacific Corporation (a wood products company) establishes production facilities at Dudley, next to the railroad.

1986

Carolina Turkey builds its processing plant at Mount Olive.

1987

CSX Transportation is formed through a series of mergers and name changes. CSX owns and operates the former Wilmington & Weldon Railroad through Mount Olive.

1987

North Carolina Pickle festival becomes an annual event.

1990

IMPulse NC, Inc. is established. The company is a manufacturer of specialized electrical equipment for public transportation.

1991

Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers is established. (Later renamed Andy's Burgers, Shakes, and Fries.)

1997

The Mount Olive Area Historical Society is organized.

1999

The Mount Olive Historic District is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

2001

Lippman Aaron Long, Jr. and his wife, Christine sign a 99-year lease to the property at 137 East Main Street, Mount Olive, for a teaching and history museum.

2003

Mount Olive Family Medicine Center, a modern 16,000 square foot building, opens on Breazeale Avenue.

2006

October: Carolina Turkey purchases the Butterball brand, forming Butterball, LLC. The new company becomes the largest turkey producer in the United States.

2007

April 28: The David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum opens during the 2007 North Carolina Pickle Festival.

 

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Last revised November 24, 2008