Heritage tourism is defined as “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past”. Source: Wikipedia
I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit the places many of my ancestors lived and worked. I was surprised by the number of locations I could actually find. With minimal travel time I could find myself in the locations my ancestors frequented. Discovering my ancestors “in my own backyard” has been a thrilling experience(s) for me – especially since I did not grow up near these family locations. These discoveries also help keep the younger generations interested – at least that’s what I like to think!
First up on my personal heritage tour is James Harward (Howard, Harwood).
In my mind, I often refer to James Harward (1760 – 1840) as the patriarch of my Howard family line. (I’ve written on James here and here.) He is the oldest ancestor that I have confirmed in my Howard line. I believe his father was William Harward/Howard of King and Queen County, VA, but this is unconfirmed.
James spent over 70 years of his life in Wake County, NC living on Panther Creek close to the Wake County and Chatham County line. His address today would likely have been in Apex.
These photographs were taken on the American Tobacco Trail that crosses Panther Creek in Wake County. James Harward’s property is located close to this area and is now a housing development.
James Harward served as a Revolutionary War soldier serving on three separate occasions. I have stood on the site of the original Wake County Courthouse where he gathered with fellow soldiers to march off to war. He would have also periodically done his legal business here as well.