Lisa Whitaker, Chairwoman of the Denton Pyrate Invasion & Artisan Market (DPIA), has a passion for the historical timeframe of the 18th century, particularly the Golden Age of Piracy. Over the last several years, she coupled her knowledge, interest, and expertise of this era with a need that the Town of Denton shared. They felt it important to hold a new event that would inspire people to visit Denton offering both economic benefits and providing the local children a fun, educational experience.
I was born and raised on Noah’s Trail, a small gravel road in rural Thomasville. Noah was my great-grandfather, a man I never met, but whose name was spoken often.
In 1927, Noah Lee Aderhold moved to Thomasville from Commerce, Georgia to work in a local furniture factory. He served as a notary and Justice of the Peace from 1935 until his death in 1965. Known as the “Marryin’ Sam of Fair Grove,” he performed 278 wedding ceremonies at the family home off Holly Grove Road. After a couple tied the knot, he would ring a set of old iron bells in the lawn to celebrate.
For as long as there have been people and rivers, people have attempted to conquer rivers.
Throughout the years, those river conquests have come in the form of fords, ferries, and bridges. The Wil-Cox Bridge stands today as a silent witness to nearly a century of Yadkin River crossings between Rowan and Davidson Counties. This area, extending back three centuries, was known as the Trading Ford.