Historian society recognizes local author

By John Peters

October 28, 2013

MOORESVILLE — A local author recently received the Willie Parker Peace Award from the The North Carolina Society of Historians

Karen Jones Hall received the award for her book “Once and Forever: The Story of Mount Airy Granite.” The award is to “encourage the writing and publication of the history of a North Carolina place, institution or individual,” the society said. She was recognized during the society’s 72nd Annual Awards Celebration held in Mooresville on Oct. 19.

“Once and Forever,” Hall’s fourth book, focuses on the North Carolina Granite Corp. in Mount Airy and the men that organized the company, as well as looking at structures built with the granite, such as homes, churches, and mausoleums. It also touches on some of the lives of master stone cutters.

Hall graduated from Carroll County High School, Hillsville, Va.,, Surry Community College in Dobson, John Wesley College in High Point, and Salem College in Winston-Salem. As a historical researcher, she believes in the preservation of the past for the future.

Her books are available at Pages Books on Main Street in Mount Airy, Wally’s Store, Scenic Gifts, Yesterday’s Books, and Teachers interested in using the books for classroom study can contact Hall for an educators discount at or by callin 336-455-0068.

Hall will be holding a book signing on Dec. 7 during Artwalk at Pages Books.

The North Carolina Society of Historians was established in December of 1941 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and perpetuating North Carolina’s rich history; and, for recognizing those persons who fulfill the society’s objectives.