Glenwood, Davidson, N. C.,
c.1820s, (photo in 1974 by Dr. Dan
Morrill). The house burned c. 1976. Glenwood was the home of Dr.
John Edward Caldwell, a physician and the main character in LeGette Blythe's
controversial book, CALL DOWN THE STORM. Caldwell, called by Chalmers
Davidson in his book, PLANTATION WORLD AROUND DAVIDSON, "was the best
cultured man in Mecklenburg. His home was the gathering place for
professors and students from neighboring Davidson College." The architecture
was simple Federal style. The chimneys were earth-red brick, made in
plantation kilns. In 1977 NBC bought broadcasting rights from Mr. Blythe to
produce the book into a 3-part, 6-hour TV series similar to "Roots."
It was later rumored that due to the controversial theme, the series was not
produced. Dr. Caldwell never married but produced six children with
his "live-in quadroon mistress" - a person of one fourth African American
ancestry. His mistress was very beautiful and was often seen in the
town of Davidson shopping with the children who are reported to have become
great leaders in society as time went by, Dr. Caldwell was the
grandson of the Reverend Alexander Caldwell (b. 1769) and Sarah Davidson,
and the great grandson of the Rev. David Caldwell (b.1725) and Rachel
Craighead (b.1742.) Dr. Caldwell's father was David Alexander
Caldwell, son of Alexander. Dr. Caldwell had two siblings, Sally, who
had no children and Patsy, who married Col J. H. Davidson "Jacky" in 1820.
Patsy and Jacky had two children, Margaret and Alexander. Margaret had
two sons who became lawyers and Alexander was a U. S. Congressman.