Murfree-Smith Law Office

The Murfree-Smith Law Office is located at 318 Williams Street in the Historic District
(off Main Street behind Walter's Grill).


These publications may be purchased by contacting the MHA office.
We charge $4 postage for each book purchased and sent by mail.

Murfreesboro and the Founding of the American Republic,

by Thomas C. Parramore (2001)

Take a historical trip back to colonial Jamestown in 1608, time surrounding America's true foundational roots. Visit with expeditionary forces sent by the Jamestown Colony to the vicinity of Murfreesboro, NC. Learn of their association from approximately 1608-1650, while reading about the history of the Meherrin Indian tribe from 1680 to the 1770's, the settlement of William and Mary Murfree at Murfree's Landing (designated in the mid-1700's as a King's Landing), and Hertford County's role in making North Carolina independent of Britain.

$15.00 + postage

Murfreesboro, North Carolina and the Great Intracoastal Waterway

by Thomas C. Parramore (2002)

The idea that Murfreesboro, NC played a vital role in establishing the Intracoastal Waterway, a protected sea-lane now running from Maine to Texas is perhaps a little known fact. In this work, Parramore reveals those efforts on the part of many people of northeastern North Carolina, especially those of Murfreesboro were responsible for initial plans.

$15.00 + postage

Murfreesboro, North Carolina: Cradle of Titans 1810-1824
by Thomas C. Parramore (2003)

Due to the creation and solid support of several female and male academies in the town, antebellum Murfreesboro enjoyed an enviable climate of culture and erudition that compared favorably to that of any town of its size in the United States. In a single generation, these schools produced the first two American ministers to Central America; a Congressman who served in both the Federal and Confederate legislatures as well as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; a well-known Mexican War hero and professor and textbook author at West Point, a Confederate general, and other distinguished leaders.

$15.00 + postage

Murfreesboro, North Carolina and the Roots of Nat Turner’s Revolt
by Thomas C. Parramore (2004)

In this work, the author has skillfully explored the deeper, grassroots beginnings of southern cultural attitudes and emotional outbursts that so often accompanied collectively riotous behavior between blacks and whites, as seen in Nat Turner’s revolt. Though small in size and population, Murfreesboro, NC, played its part in sparking these anxious moments of our nation’s early years.

$15.00 + postage

The Gatling Aeroplane of 1873: America's First Airplane
by Thomas C. Parramore (2003)

In this brief work, Parramore relates the fascinating story of the "Turkey Buzzard", the first known man-powered airplane built and flown in America. His account embraces the inventive spirit of men and machines in a time gone by, and portrays the sometimes intense rivalry between builder and pilot of this plane, James Henry Gatling, with his younger brother, Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the famed "Gatling Gun". Both brothers were residents of Hertford County, NC, near Murfreesboro.

$7.00 + postage

Trial Separation: Murfreesboro, North Carolina and the American Civil War
by Thomas C. Parramore (1998)

In this work, the author reveals the effects of tragedy caused by the American Civil War upon the people of Murfreesboro. Dr. Parramore recounts various roles played by Murfreesboro citizenry in support of the Confederacy, particularly while dealing with an 1863 Union attack upon the town, as well as during an occupation by Union forces in early 1865.

$15.00 + postage



The Algonquians: Indians of That Part of the New World First Visited by the English, Volume I, Pre-History (112 pp.), and Volume II, History and Traditions (240 pp.)
F. Roy Johnson, Murfreesboro, NC:
Johnson Publishing Company, 1972 -
Review by Ronald A. Lackey for The Murfreesboro Historical Association

(This is now combined into one book.)

The Algonquians are the most comprehensive books written on the Algonquian Indians of North Carolina's coastal areas. They not only contain a wealth of information concerning local native American history, archaeological and cultural anthropological data, and folklore, but they contain numerous reprints of historical maps and a number of unique original sketches and drawings that cannot be found elsewhere. The volumes use various primary sources -- including information from archaeological digs along the rivers in northeastern North Carolina, oral reports, and 16th and 17th century first-hand European accounts, which Mr. Johnson himself reprinted-as well as numerous hard-to-find secondary sources, including early 1900s Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins, and other academic works long out of print. Although Mr. Johnson employs a unique shorthand method of citation (combining abbreviated names for the authors of the referenced works, and page numbers), rather than a traditional academic style, his sources are carefully referenced, and well documented in the bibliography.

$20.00 + postage

The Peanut Story
by F. Roy Johnson (Copyright 1962 Reprint 2003)

This is the story of the peanut, a plant crop that during recent years has achieved world importance both as a valuable food and a source for high-grade oil. It also is the story of people who made significant contributions to the peanut’s advancement – from the early South American Indian who domesticated it to today’s scientist and technician who are improving it.

$15.00 + postage

The Fabled Doctor Jim Jordan
by F. Roy Johnson (Copyright 1962 Reprint 2003)

With just the right dose of mystique and intrigue, Johnson has provided us a wonderfully colorful account of one of Eastern North Carolina’s most interesting individuals. Beginning just before the turn-of-the-century, Dr. James Spurgeon Jordan’s life of conjure (aka “the practice”) is documented and explored. Whether from far away, or from just down the road near ‘Jordan’s Corner’ country store in Hertford County, NC, people came to seek the wisdom and talents of this rare breed of man, who ingeniously played off the imagination and fear of people’s minds with trickery and illusion to instill a heavy dose of awe and respect for his mysterious power of manipulation. They came, they believed in him, and he became rich. So was the life of the conjurer.

$15.00 + postage

The Tuscaroras: History, Traditions Culture; Vol. 1 and 2
by F. Roy Johnson (Copyright 1968 Reprint 2007)

About a hundred years before English explorers landed here, the Tuscaroras had migrated from Iroquoian territory in New York to North Carolina, attracted by the abundant game of our pine forests, fertile land for growing corn, and navigable rivers, full of fish. In 1804, tribal elders negotiated with the North Carolina legislature to sell their reservation lands and the able-bodied relocated to New York. Eventually those who preferred to stay behind intermarried and were assimilated into other races. During the early 1960s, F. Roy Johnson realized that Indian history and folklore would be lost with the passing of those who recalled them. Mr. Johnson sought out these individuals, recorded his interviews, and published the results in a series of books.

$15.00 each + postage

riddick plantation

A History of The Riddick Plantation of Hertford County, North Carolina
by Franklin H. Harris, Jr.

Originally compiled as a Master's Thesis, this work captures the unique period of dramatic and social change in Hertford County's history. The reader is allowed to travel through these changes with Abram Riddick of Hertford County, North Carolina, a plantation owner and true economic visionary and "Apostle of the South." This bustling plantation/township, known as Riddicksville helped boost the county of Hertford into the future, through a civil war, and through reconstruction years, before giving way to the changes brought about by effects of time.

$20.00 + postage

Captain Jack

Captain Jack

The life of Dragoon Captain John Henry King Burgwin
on the Great Plains.

$25.00 + postage

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Murfreesboro, NC
And the Rise of Higher Education
for Women: 1832-1859

by Thomas C. Parramore

$15.00 + postage

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