dividing line

The History of the Dividing Line

The History of the Dividing Line is an account by William Byrd II of the surveying of the border between the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia in 1728. This story was considered a minor humorous masterpiece. Byrd's account of the journey to survey the contentious border with his chief surveyor William Mayo included such nuggets as the derivation of the name of "Matrimony Creek," so named because of its 'brawling' waters.

William Byrd was the chief representative from Virginia, and Edward Moseley was the chief representative from North Carolina. Byrd also compiled a "Secret History" of the work. Byrd's text is also the focus of David Gatten's film project, also titled The Secret History of the Dividing Line.

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