North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Where was Scott's Hole? A Chapel Hill/Morgan Creek Mystery

with Carl W. Anderson, Vice President of the Chapel Hill Historical Society; Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation
The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Scott’s Hole was a well-known Chapel Hill fishing/swimming place in the 1800s, but knowledge of it has all but disappeared today, and no physical description or exact location is known. According to Kemp Battle, the hole was named “for a man who drowned in it”. Its importance today is as a landmark near where several rare plants and a number of Herbarium samples were found. Come find out what we know so far and perhaps contribute to solving the mystery.


Registration open through 6/27/2019 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

Carl W. Anderson grew up in Chapel Hill. His parents were among the first residents in the newly developed Kings Mill Road neighborhood. He is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School, received his B.A. from Harvard College in chemistry and physics, a Ph.D. from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) in Microbiology, and worked as a molecular geneticist on Long Island for almost 50 years. He retired to Chapel Hill in 2011 and built a house on Kings Mill Road, next door to the ancestral home. Since 2010 he has held an appointment as a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, RTP, and he currently serves as Vice-President of the Chapel Hill Historical Society.

Johnny Randall received his B.A. in biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in botany at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  For a total of ten years, Johnny was a faculty member at Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Florida.  Johnny joined the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1998 as assistant director for conservation and is also adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.  His training and research interests are in plant reproductive ecology, rare plant biology, and conservation biology.  At the NCBG Johnny oversees the conservation and management of natural areas and administers rare plant programs.  Johnny also serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and is the current president of the North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council.

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Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517