Revere, North Carolina

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Coordinates: 35°54′09″N 82°42′12″W / 35.90250°N 82.70333°W / 35.90250; -82.70333

Revere is an unincorporated community in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. It is also known as Sodom and Sodom Laurel.[1][2]


Revere is located at 35°54′09″N 82°42′12″W / 35.90250°N 82.70333°W / 35.90250; -82.70333 (35.9026053, -82.7031949). It has an elevation of 2,182 feet (665 m).[3]

Name origin[edit]

The community was originally named Sodom. During the Civil War, a Baptist preacher travelling through the area commented on a group of prostitutes and compared it to Sodom in the Bible.[4]

Presbyterian missionaries disliked this name, and officially changed the name to Revere. However, natives of the area continued to use the name Sodom.[5]


Revere is particularly rich in ballad singers, and noted folklorist Cecil Sharp transcribed several "Old World" ballads sung to him in 1916.[6] In 2001, Rob Amberg published a book Sodom Laurel Album that chronicles the traditions and lifestyle in Revere. Residents and folk singers Dellie Norton, Doug Wallin, and Sheila Kay Adams are featured in the book.[7]


  1. ^ "Sodom Laurel Album". Publishers Weekly. 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ Smith, Betty (1998). Jane Hicks Gentry: a singer among singers. University Press of Kentucky. p. 72. ISBN 0-8131-0936-1. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Revere, North Carolina
  4. ^ Adams, Sheila Kay (1995). Come Go Home With Me. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-4536-1. 
  5. ^ Jones, Loyal (2008). Country Music Humorists and Comedians. University of Illinois Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-252-03369-8. 
  6. ^ Sharp, Cecil (1917). English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. New York and London: Putnam. 
  7. ^ "Sodom Laurel Album Explores North Carolina Mountain Community". Library of Congress. April 17, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-13.