NCDCR Reseach Historian Ansley Wegner has written about North Carolina’s 3 sets of Siamese twins–including the eponymous Chang & Eng, who settled near Mount Airy. Their fascinating stories would make a great topic for an exhibit to travel around our state.
I don’t think that many people are aware that the two most famous sets of conjoined twins in the 19th century called North Carolina home – Chang and Eng Bunker (the original Siamese Twins) and Millie-Christine McKoy (the Carolina Twins or the Two-Headed Nightingale).
Chang and Eng Bunker, born in Thailand (then Siam) in 1811, amassed a fortune for themselves on the circus and exhibition circuit and retired to North Carolina in 1839.
They first lived in Wilkes County, where they married sisters Sarah and Adelaide Yates. With growing families, the brothers purchased land in Surry County and built large homes a little over a mile apart. For the rest of their lives they spent 3 nights at one house and then 3 nights at the other.
If you visit the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy you can see a large collection of Siamese Twin memorabilia. The North Carolina…
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