Burlington Through Time

Author(s): Rob Costa 

ISBN: 9781625450555
£10.49 £14.99
Settled and farmed by men from Woburn as early as the 1660s, established as a Second Precinct or Parish in 1730 and host to John Hancock and Samuel Adams on April 18-19 1775, the area and later town of Burlington was truly, ‘part of a greater chronicle’.
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The ‘Twin City’ as it came to be called in 1913, began as two different towns. The town of Salem developed from the minds of the Pennsylvania Moravians in order to create a haven in the North Carolina back county, Piedmont area, for a congregational village to practice inclusively their religious beliefs and lifestyles. After arriving from Pennsylvania in 1753 to their currently purchased 100,000 acre tract, Wachovia, the Moravians founded Bethabara, an outlot farming community, used until the permanent town could be built.

Salem, c. 1766, became the lone central town until 1849 when out of necessity Salem Moravians created the town of Winston, a mile north of town on congregational land, so as to have a county seat town for the newly created Forsyth County, c. 1849. Salem, Winston and later Winston-Salem would trace their historical American roots from colonial times to the present time.

Winston-Salem Through Time will take our readers on a journey then and now, showcasing the congregational town of East Salem and the farms and industry of West Salem in the complete town lot of Salem. Winston, the town of tobacco and textiles, is presented and the town’s evolvement into Winston-Salem ‘A City of Industry’. An added treat, never before presented in print, is a local plantation in the heart of Salem.

BOOK ISBN 9781625450555
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 92 black-and-white and 92 colour photographs



In the summer of 1962, Rob Costa and his family, led by Joseph and Hilda, moved to the growing suburb of Burlington Massachusetts. Beginning his education in the 6th grade, Union School, housed then in Burlington’s police station, he graduated with the Burlington High School, Class of 1969, then housed in today’s Marshall Simonds Middle School. After receiving a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rob began teaching History and Sociology at the present day Burlington High School In 1980 Mr.Costa received his MAT History from Salem State College. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Costa put great importance on the study of Local History to gain/see a better connection to our lives today. In 2001, his book, Images of America Burlington was published, a collection of 200 historic photographs with text. Rob retired from teaching History in 2012,after serving 39 years in the Burlington system, but still enjoys the study of the subject.