Lecture by Randy Watts. History if fraught with incorrectly told stories that become accepted as fact. Such is the case of the Revolutionary War boring mill used to machine the barrels of cannon at Mount Holly. Its existence has been hinted at for years, and many inaccurate claims about the production of cannon in Cumberland County have become truths. Based on recent research this program will tell the story of how the boring mill came to be located along Mountain Creek in the Holly Gap, describe what is known of it, and how it fit into the production of weapons at the Public Works (Washingtonburg) that eventually became Carlisle Barracks. Along the way the true story of the local iron industry in Cumberland County during the Revolution will also be told.
As of now this program is scheduled to occur remotely over Zoom.