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March 9, 2023 37 mins

Do you think you could spot a con artist in the Colonial era? It might have been harder than you think in the days before lightning-fast technology.

In 1771, Sarah Wilson was certainly counting on it when she impersonated a member of King George III's family in the American Colonies. She traveled through Wilmington and New Bern in her march south, scamming unsuspecting colonists who jumped at the surprise opportunity to host royalty. But what do we really know about this Colonial con woman? And how did her scheme fall apart?

Joining the episode is Matt Arthur, a former staff member at Tryon Palace in New Bern and currently the professional development manager with the American Association for State and Local History.

Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today!

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