The geographic heart of North Carolina, Randolph County has been at the crossroads of history since the 17th century, when explorers first arrived along the Great Indian Trading Path. Every variety of religion, creed and color could be found in the county from its creation in 1779, with combinations that often proved volatile.

In a new pictorial history book by local author L. McKay Whatley, over 200 vintage photographs document a county with a history and people of vision, depth and complexity.