“They drove a stob on the north side of the Currituck Inlet and went west,” Hofler said.The crew trudged and hacked their way through dense undergrowth and swampy forests. Edward Moseley led the North Carolina contingent, and William Byrd was head of the Virginia group.
“They are devoured by mosquitoes all the summer, and have agues every spring and fall, which corrupt all the juices of their bodies, give them a cadaverous complexion, and besides a lazy, creeping habit, which they never get rid of,” Byrd wrote of the people living along the remote route.
Today, Gates County folks have a notion he was talking about them, Hofler said.
“We get a big kick out of that,” she said.