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Historic silver items stolen from NC plantation

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COOLEEMEE, NC (AP) -- Silver spoons that may have been crafted by Paul Revere are among the items taken during a break-in at a historic plantation in Davie County.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that jewelry, dishes, silverware and tea sets also were taken during the break-in Sunday night at the Cooleemee Plantation.

The house was built in the 1850s and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Owner Peter Hairston often opens the house to groups, including school children.

Among the items taken was a tea set that a slave named John Goolsby hid in the woods when Union troops passed through the area during the Civil War. Hairston says a dozen spoons had the well-known "PR" hallmark, indicating they were made by the family of Paul Revere.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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