Mocksville: An Overview
Mocksville is the largest town within Davie County, alongside Advance, Cooleemee, and Bermuda Run. Davie County contains 264 square miles of land, 35% of which is farmland. The 2012 Census of Agriculture reported a total of 59,618 acres of farmland across 640 farms, with an average size of 93 acres. Approximately 65% of gross sales from agricultural products are from livestock, while crops make up 35% of sales. Davie County is home to numerous vineyards and winners that contribute to North Carolina’s tourism industry. Mocksville in particular is home to over four farms focusing on general produce, four greenhouses and nurseries, three meat producers, two bee farms, and three vineyards and wineries.
Although agriculture is a large industry that significantly contributes to the world economy, many people are unaware of where their food comes from. Even in 2020, agriculture is the main source of numerous people’s income, many of whom live in more rural areas. Climate change has the power to affect all of this. People’s livelihoods as well as the world food supply could be severely impacted. According to Professor Rod. M. Rejesus, a professor of agricultural and resources economics at North Carolina State University, “Agriculture is one of the most climate-sensitive industries worldwide; the nature of farming means that growers are exposed to the vagaries of weather and climate.” Occurrences such as drastic changes in temperature, and frequent natural disasters have significant adverse impacts on crop yields and consequently the food supply.
Local farmers will have to determine how climate change is affecting their crops in order to make an action plan. Once it is understood how climate change is affecting crop yields, farmers can create more educated plans to implement new agricultural techniques, technologies, and practices to combat the effects of climate change. North Carolinians have perceived a noticeable difference in climate over the past few years. Fall is not ushered in with the typical crisp air and cool temperatures. Fall has now more or less been a continuation of the summer months, with high temperatures lasting well into September. Many have also picked up on the lack of rainfall during the autumn months, which contributes to the erratic weather and climate change that has been plaguing North Carolina. The warm temperatures persisting into the fall have contributed to an extended growing season, which was good for business, but was not without its drawbacks. The warmer season brought less rain, which meant that farmers had to water crops much more frequently.
Changing weather patterns are nothing new to farmers, who are used to adapting. But it seems as if the changes are becoming more permanent, which could lead to issues in the agricultural field. The extended growing season meant that the weather would quickly transition to freezing temperatures, which was devastating for cool-season plants which don't have the time to get established. The rapid temperature changes make it difficult for plants to adjust. It is becoming increasingly difficult for farmers to predict the temperature and the levels of expected precipitation, which further shifts the odds toward mother nature, a force that is only fed by human disregard for her environment.
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was born on February 23rd, 1915 in Quincy, Illinois. Tibbets attended military school at the Western Military Academy and then went on to the University of Florida in Gainesville. During this time, he took private flying lessons at Miami's Opa-Locka Airport. After a few years of college, Tibbets enlisted in the United States Army and became a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps. During training, he showed himself to be an above-average cadet. He was soon commissioned as a second lieutenant and received his pilot rating in 1938. In June 1941, Tibbets transferred to the 9th Bombardment Squadron of the 3rd Bombardment Group as the engineering officer and flew the A-20 Havoc. He was then promoted to captain and received orders to join the 29th Bombardment Group for training on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. On December 7th, Tibbetts was informed of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, and then in February 1942 he was named the commanding officer of the 340th Bombardment Squadron of the 97th Bombardment Group, equipped with the B-17D. In July, the 97th became the first heavy bombardment group of the Eighth Air Force to be deployed to
England. A few weeks later, in August, under the tutelage of the Royal Air Force, the commander, Colonel Frank A. Armstrong Jr., appointed Tibbets as his deputy. In 1945, at the Wendover Army Airfield, he was promoted to colonel, Tibbets was there to provide support
for the Manhattan Project. On August 6th, 1945 at 02:45, in accordance with the terms of Operations Order No. 35, Tibbets and his plane, the Enola Gay, left for Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bomb, code-named “Little Boy,” was dropped over Hiroshima at 08:15. Tibbets was
awarded the Distinguished Service Cross immediately after landing. He was seen as a national hero who had ended the war with Japan.
However, as much as Tibbets was regarded as a hero, he dropped the atomic bomb with little to no remorse. Colonel Tibbets was no stranger to dropping bombs on innocent people. He had experience being the lead bomber for countless missions before Hiroshima. When Tibbets
released his first bomb, a slow penetration raid against a marshaling yard in Rouen in occupied France. He thought back to a lesson that his medical professor taught him back in college. He said that his peers had failed the program because “they had too much sympathy.” This led
Tibbets claims: “I made up my mind then that the morality of dropping that bomb was not my business... I don't care whether you are dropping atom bombs, or 100-pound bombs, or shooting a rifle. You have got to leave the moral issue out of it.”
The dropping of the atomic bomb relates to Mocksville, North Carolina because one of the pilots chosen for the mission was Thomas Ferbee who is originally from Mocksville. Ferebee activated the plane’s automated Norden bombsight, centered its crosshairs on the Aioi Bridge
and called “bomb away.”
Daniel Boone Festival
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer and frontiersman who lived in Davie County which includes the town of Mocksville. Boone was the most influential explorer because his efforts led to opening the land across the Appalachians to settlement and spurred the wide
development of that region. Every year on the first Saturday in May, the town of Mocksville hosts the Daniel Boone Family Festival. The festival features local artisans, historical tours throughout the county, food, contests, live music, and activities for children. Two of the three
tours offered during the festival revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone family. These tours include stops at Joppa Cemetery, where Boone's parents and brother are buried; the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington, and nearby Pudding Ridge where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene. Each aspect of the festival offers an engaging, educational, and fun-filled experience for all patrons who want to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the historic town of Mocksville, North Carolina.