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A few Mocksville residents witnessed the brief stop of several august visitors to town on August 29, 1918. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone pulled into the square and asked for a drink of water, which residents obtained from the well. The men passed through Mocksville and Winston-Salem on their way to Virginia. Upon arrival in Winston-Salem, city fathers hosted a luncheon for the visitors at the Forsyth Country Club, shown here. Pictured are (left to right) James G. Hanes, Henry Dwire, B. S. Womble, Harvey Firestone Sr., A. H. Eller, Thomas Edison, Frank Dunklee, John Gilmer, Henry Ford, B. F. Huntley, unidentified, P. H. Hanes, Ray Johnson, Powell Gilmer, Harvey Firestone Jr., Will Watkins, Norman Stockton, unidentified. The fourth vagabond, naturalist John Burroughs, departed by train from Asheville the day before this visit. For several years around 1920, the four men participated in lengthy motor camping excursions, earning their nickname of the four vagabonds. (Courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.)

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