Gravestone Art of the Carolina Backcountry

Daniel W. Patterson: True Image - Gravestone Art of the Carolina Backcountry

Daniel W. Patterson: True Image
Gravestone Art of the Carolina Backcountry

Raleigh, NC – Resting quietly in old graveyards of Presbyterian churches in the Carolina Piedmont, headstones provide insights about the culture and history of the Scotch Irish in North Carolina. Daniel W. Patterson uses gravestone texts and iconography, historical records and oral lore to throw new light on how this group of settlers coped with challenges, such as backwoods conditions, religious upheavals, war and political conflict.

Patterson, Kenan Professor Emeritus of English and Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, will share his findings during the program History à la Carte: Gravestone Art of the Carolina Backcountry on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 12:10 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free. Bring your lunch to this informal lecture. Beverages are free.

Patterson’s newest book is The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry (UNC Press, 2012).

For more information about the museum, call 919-807-7900 or go to or Facebook.


About the N.C. Museum of History

The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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