A new book celebrating Rutherfordton’s long history will be unveiled on Tuesday, August 29, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the historic Carrier-McBrayer House, located at 255 North Main Street in Rutherfordton. Copies of the books will be available for purchase for $20 each with a limit of 3 per person. This antebellum home, is one of two homes that comprise the Carrier Houses Bed & Breakfast will host the event and will be open to the public for self-guided tours. “ Russell and I are thrilled to be hosting the release of Robin's newest book," says Jim Masek, co-owner and innkeeper of the Carrier Houses. "As the new owners of the Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast, we look forward to opening our home for such a great community event and meeting many of our neighbors.”
The book, Rutherfordton, North Carolina: A Pictorial History, has been written and produced by historian Robin S. Lattimore and published with funding from the Town of Rutherfordton. The Rutherford County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County assisted with production.
The 200-page, heirloom-quality book features an essay history of the town and more than 400 vintage photos, maps, and contemporary images that provide a visual journey through more than two centuries of the municipality’s history. Of particular interest are photographs taken in the town during the late 19th century.
Dozens of photos used in the book have never appeared in print. The majority of the images come from Lattimore’s own personal collection of more than 7,000 photographs and documents pertaining to Rutherfordton’s history. Other images used have been shared by local residents or have been gathered from the North Carolina Archives in Raleigh, the Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
“I’m very excited about this new book because it serves as a companion to the comprehensive history of the town that I wrote more than 10 years ago,” says Lattimore. “That book has been out-of-print for years, and I wanted to publish something new to share Rutherfordton’s history with even more people.” Rutherfordton Mayor Jimmy Dancy said, “We are excited about this new work from Town Historian Robin Lattimore” He went on to say, “ Rutherfordton has a very rich history and this work is yet another example of our ability to treasure our history as a part of our future”
Lattimore is an award-winning historian and author of more than 30 books and scholarly monographs that celebrate the history, traditions, and people of the American South. Ten of his books have featured the history of his hometown of Rutherfordton.
“Today, most of my research and writing takes me far away from Rutherford County,” says Lattimore, whose publishers have included Shire Books in Oxford, England, The University Press of Mississippi, and UNC-TV. “But, I enjoy every opportunity I have to celebrate our local history. It doesn’t matter what project I’m working on, I always find a way to come home again to Rutherfordton to focus on the history of this very special place.”
Lattimore serves as an Official Historian of Rutherford County and Official Historian of the Town of Rutherfordton. He is also president of the Rutherford County Historical Society and was the founding chairman of the Rutherford County Historic Preservation Commission. In addition to his writing career and work as a professional historian, Lattimore serves as the student research coordinator and high school librarian at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.