Many of the unmarked graves in the Brackettown Cemetery are those of slaves who worked in the gold mines. Nancy and George Wilkerson were also slaves.
Today, many think of the Brackettown Community located in the southeast corner of McDowell County as “the middle of nowhere”. But two centuries ago, the area was the gold mining center of the country and was home to dozens of families engaged in farming and logging as well. Wade Nanney, whose family arrived just over the county line in Rutherford back in the 1700s, shares some gold mining stories, talks about the old Brackettown Cemetery, and relates how the Civil War profoundly affected his family.
In 1984, the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) held a history-writing contest. Wade Nanney won first place in his division with an essay about Brackettown. Read it by clicking here: Brackettown Garden Spot O’ the World.
Find out more about gold mining in McDowell County on our gold mining page.
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