The Brinegar Family

The Brinegar Family (HM2BGM)

Location: Sparta, NC 28675
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 25.132', W 81° 8.77'

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A Part of the Community

The Brinegars were not famous or rich, but they were important to their families and neighbors. In 1876 Martin Brinegar purchased this 125 acre farm from Henderson Crouse, Caroline Joines' uncle, for $200. Two years later Martin and Caroline were married; he was 21 and she was 16. There were many small communities close by where the Brinegars visited their families and friends, traded for supplies, and attended church and school.
Martin and Caroline first lived in a one-room cabin that was already here. Their three children—Alice, Sarah, and John—were born in that cabin. As the family grew Martin built the cabin that stands here now. Their last child, William, was born in this cabin, but died as an infant.
The Brinegars did all the usual work of living on a farm—raising crops and animals, preserving food, and cutting firewood. Martin also made shoes for his neighbors. He was a local justice of the peace and notary public, and for many years he served as clerk for the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Caroline made clothing for her family and augmented their income by gathering medicinal plants like bloodroot, snakeroot, and black cherry bark and selling them to nearby drug merchants.
In 1925 Martin was caught in a storm on his way home from church and died from pneumonia eight days later. He

was 68. The state of North Carolina bought the Brinegar farm in 1935 to become part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although Caroline had a lifetime tenure to stay in her home, she went to live with her daughter Sarah when it became too noisy here for her. Caroline died in 1943 when she was 82.
Series This marker is part of the Blue Ridge Parkway series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 486896 N 4030418
Decimal Degrees36.41886667, -81.14616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 25.132', W 81° 8.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 25' 7.9200000000001" N, 81° 8' 46.2" W
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Area Code(s)336
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Blue Ridge Pkwy, Sparta NC 28675, US
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