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Date Posted: Thu, Sep 29 2011, 18:07:29

I was trying to find out was Roundabout a plantation? How many slaves were on Roundabout. Ronda, NC was a small place and I have family born there during that time. Thanks

>Honoring Cleveland’s Founding Heritage
>[Vikki’s Note: I received a request from the Colonel
>Ben Cleveland Chapter of the SAR to share with you
>details of their project to erect a statue of Col. Ben
>in First Street Park in Cleveland, Tennessee. The
>following information is from the brochure.]
>Our goal is to commission a sculpture for the new
>First Street Park honoring Revolutionary War hero
>Benjamin Cleveland.
>Cleveland, Tennessee, was established in 1837 as a
>county seat for Bradley County, which had been created
>the previous year. The town was named after Colonel
>Benjamin Cleveland, a commander at the Battle of Kings
>Mountain during the American Revolution.
>Benjamin Cleveland (1738-1806) was an American pioneer
>and soldier. He is best remembered for his service as
>a colonel in the North Carolina militia during the
>Revolutionary War, and in particular for his role in
>the American victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain
>in 1780.
>Benjamin Cleveland was born on May 28, 1738, in Orange
>County, Virginia. His parents were John and Elizabeth
>Cleveland. He moved to what later became Wilkes
>County, North Carolina, in 1769. He built his famous
>estate, called “Roundabout,” near what is today Ronda,
>North Carolina. At various times, he worked as a
>hunter, trapper, farmer, carpenter, and surveyor. By
>the time of the American Revolution in 1775, Cleveland
>was probably the wealthiest and most prominent citizen
>in Wilkes.
>At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Cleveland
>was appointed a colonel in the North Carolina militia.
>He was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons
>in 1778 and to the North Carolina Senate in 1779.
>Until 1780, the fighting in North Carolina consisted
>mostly of guerilla warfare patriots, or those
>colonists who favored American independence from
>Britain, and Tories, of those colonists who remained
>loyal to the British crown. A fierce believer in the
>patriot cause, Cleveland became known as the “Terror
>of the Tories” for his treatment of pro-British
>In 1780, British General Lord Cornwallis led an
>invasion army into the Carolinas and won several
>victories over the American forces. When Major Patrick
>Ferguson, one of Cornwallis’s commanders, threatened
>to lead an army of Tories into the North Carolina
>mountains to crush patriot forces in the area, a group
>of mountain men from western North Carolina (including
>what is today Tennessee) decided to attack Ferguson’s
>section of the British Army on the North
>Carolina-South Carolina border.
>Cleveland played a key role in the Battle of Kings
>Mountain. According to legend, Cleveland climbed atop
>Rendezvous Mountain in Wilkes County and blew his
>powder horn to summon over 200 Wilkes County
>militiamen to fight the battle. Cleveland led his men
>to the battlefield and was one of the primary American
>commanders in the battle.
>In 1838 when the Tennessee State legislature
>designated the Bradley County seat, they chose to
>honor a man of valor and courage, Colonel Benjamin
>Cleveland, but naming this fledgling community after
>him. A Revolutionary War hero who fought with Colonel
>John Sevier at the Battle of Kings Mountain in South
>Carolina, Colonel Cleveland exemplifies the spirit of
>our country’s patriots, past and present. Yet today
>few men are aware of his significance to the naming of
>A key part of the mission of the Sons of the American
>Revolution (SAR) is to preserve our country’s
>historical heritage. The Col. Benjamin Cleveland
>Chapter of the SAR is seeking to fulfill this mission
>while honoring the founding of Cleveland by finding
>donors to fund a statue of Colonel Cleveland. This
>statue will not only honor our city’s namesake, but
>also represent the patriotic values for which he and
>all American patriots stand. The statue will be
>created by Joshua Coleman and will be donated to the
>City of Cleveland for placement in the new First
>Street Park near Five Points.
>We need your help to make this dream a reality. The
>projected cost of this project is $75,000. Currently
>we are in the early stages of our fund raising
>efforts, and your tax deductible contribution would be
>a tremendous boost to our efforts.
>Thank you and we hope we can count on your individual
>or company support. For more information please
>contact Brian Webb. Phone: 423-584-2681. Email:
>bdwebb1@aol.com. You may make contributions at any
>Bank of Cleveland branch. Just specify the Col.
>Benjamin Cleveland Statue Fund on your check.
>About the Sculptor
>Joshua Coleman resides in his hometown of Cleveland,
>Tennessee, with his wife Noelle, son Nehemiah, and
>daughter Liliana. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts
>in sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001.
>As an artist skilled in drawing, photography, and
>painting, Joshua’s most passionate medium is that of
>sculpture and design work.
>Joshua has completed large-scale sculptures both
>nationally and internationally. These site-specific
>sculptures have been commissioned for hospitals,
>physician offices, businesses, schools, churches, and
>non-profit organizations in order to increase business
>and aesthetic appeal. Many of these sculptures involve
>the community through collaborative design and
>interactive castings.
>Joshua creates life-size pieces and busts from various
>elements including bronze, iron, aluminum, wood,
>stone, and found objects. Through commissioned
>sculpture in the public realm, he strives to capture
>the themes and emotions of others. It is his goal to
>create interactive sculpture that everyone can enjoy.
>For more information or to view Joshua Coleman’s
>current sculpture projects, please contact him at

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