Journey with me across NC!

  • Journey through Franklin County

    February 26, 2023 by

    Full disclosure: I have been behind in posting and finally able to get caught back up. However, I have found that all but a select few photos from this county and the next (Stokes County) that I had posted to my personal Facebook are completely missing from my phone; they apparently disappeared during a phone… Read more

  • Journey through Cleveland County

    December 14, 2022 by

    Cleveland County Located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, Cleveland County is two counties west of Charlotte. The county was formed in 1841 from parts of then Lincoln and Rutherford counties. It was named for Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who took part in the Battle of King’s Mountain. From 1841… Read more

  • Journey through Alexander County

    August 28, 2022 by

    Called the Gateway to the Brushy Mountains, Alexander county is named in honor of the Alexander family who were leaders in Colonial North Carolina. And Taylorsville is the namesake of either John Louis Taylor, Carolina agriculturist and political philosopher, or General Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States. The County was established in… Read more

  • Journey through Anson County

    August 6, 2022 by

    Enjoy a scenic day throughout the rolling hills of Anson County, NC. Named for George Anson, Baron Anson, a British admiral, who circumnavigated the globe from 1740 to 1744 and later became First Lord of the Admiralty, Anson County was formed in 1750 from Bladen County. While neighboring Bladen was occupied by Native American tribes(Waccamaw),… Read more

  • Journey through Granville County

    July 3, 2022 by

    Grandville County is Uniquely Open. The land known today as Granville County was once the home of many Indian tribes, dominated mainly by the Tuscarora. After the Tuscarora War of 1711, settlers, mostly from Virginia, began to populate this area, attracted by the abundant game, well-watered wood, and rich land. By 1746, the area had… Read more

  • Journey through Richmond County

    May 9, 2022 by

    Step back in time with a visit to Richmond County, formed in 1779 from Anson County. In 1899, the southeastern part of Richmond County was organized as Scotland County. The county was named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox, who was an Englishman and a member of the Parliament of the United… Read more

  • Journey through Randolph County

    March 26, 2022 by

    Home to the original school that became Duke University, some of the first European settlers moved into this area of the Piedmont. The county was formed in 1779 from now neighboring Guilford County and part of a then larger Rowan County. Randolph County was named for Peyton Randolph, the first president of the Continental Congress.… Read more

  • Journey through Davie County

    March 13, 2022 by

    Davie County is one of the smaller counties in North Carolina, so you can easily traverse the county in one day and hit all of the highlights. We chose Davie County this day because it wasn’t too far from our origination point–and the days are shorter this time of year, of course. Davie County was… Read more

  • Journey through Rowan County

    December 28, 2021 by

    Considered part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, Rowan County was formed in 1753 as part of the British Province of North Carolina. It was originally a vast territory with unlimited western boundaries, but its size was reduced to 524 square miles after several counties were formed from Rowan County in the 18th and 19th centuries,… Read more

  • Journey through Surry County

    November 28, 2021 by

    I purposely planned this trip for when Surry County would (hopefully) be in peak fall color season–and this day didn’t disappoint. A nestled Appalachian Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains foothills community, Surry County is alive with peaks and valleys and untouched lands. It seems every corner you turn, a majestic mountain or valley view awaits… Read more

  • Journey through Scotland County

    November 7, 2021 by

    Scotland County was founded in 1899 from the southeastern part of Richmond County, which was divided to reduced the travel time for residents to the county seat of Rockingham. The county name documents the strong historic and cultural influence from the early settlers from Scotland. Scotland County is often referred to as the “Soul of… Read more

  • Journey through Hoke County

    October 28, 2021 by

    Discover rural life in Hoke County, bordering the low country of South Carolina. Hoke county is dotted with small, unincorporated communities like Ashley Heights, Five Points, Silver City, Arabia, and Rockfish. Raeford is the county seat of Hoke County, and the most populated area of the county. Hoke County is among the smallest counties in… Read more

  • Journey through Harnett County

    October 10, 2021 by

    You’ll find Harnett County filled with Civil War history. And there’s more for you here–even if you’re not a Civil War buff. Harnett County was formed in 1855 from land given by Cumberland County. It was named for American Revolutionary war soldier Cornelius Harnett, who also served as a delegate to the Continental Congress. The… Read more

  • Journey through Catawba County

    September 11, 2021 by

    Wow! Catawba County was chockful of little discoveries! This county is well worth the trip. Catawba County, name after the Catawba River, was formed in 1842 from Lincoln County. The word “catawba” is rooted in the Choctaw sound kat’a pa, loosely translated as “to divide or separate, to break.” However, scholars are fairly certain that this word was imposed… Read more

  • Journey through Chapel Hill, NC

    August 17, 2021 by

    You’ll find Chapel Hill to be a little bit urbanist and a little bit village. The town of Carrboro runs right into Chapel Hill, so it may seem difficult to determine where one begins and the other ends. Hailed as one of America’s Foodiest Small Towns by Bon Appétit, Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming a… Read more

  • Journey through Orange County

    July 10, 2021 by

    Orange County was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen, Granville, and Johnston Counties, and was named for the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was then regent of the Dutch Republic. In 1771, the western portion of Orange County was combined with the eastern… Read more

  • Journey through Wilmington, NC

    June 3, 2021 by

    Wilmington is one of the most beautiful cities by the sea (situated between a river and an ocean), boasting a large historic district that encompasses nearly 300 blocks along the Cape Fear River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive (30 minutes or less) from several local beaches (Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach,… Read more

  • Journey through Moore County

    May 10, 2021 by

    Moore County, named after Alfred Moore (an officer in the American Revolutionary War and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States), is home of Southern Pines and part of the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and a border county between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Coastal Plain. This area is packed with… Read more

  • Journey through New Hanover County

    April 24, 2021 by

    If you love coastal communities, New Hanover County has the idyllic combination of seaside village beaches plus the city perks of nearby Wilmington–all rolled into the second-smallest county in North Carolina (by land area, behind only Chowan County).  New Hanover County totals 328 square mmiles, of which 191.37 square miles of land area and 136.67… Read more

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    Journey through Lincoln County

    October 25, 2020 by

    Just northwest of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, you’ll find the lovely country atmosphere of Lincoln County, with eastern parts of the county bordering manmade Lake Norman. The county was formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tryon County, which had been settled by Europeans in the mid-18th Century. The county was named for Benjamin… Read more

  • Journey through Wilson County

    September 13, 2020 by

    Wilson County is the shining epitome of small-town, southern life and days gone by. A leisurely drive throughout the county will spotlight small towns (many are railroad communities) with 1920s- and 1930s-style downtown building facades and water towers. You’ll discover this tucked-away county about halfway between New York and Florida, just east of I-95. Wilson… Read more

  • Journey through Person County

    March 7, 2020 by

    It’s Better in Person! At least, that’s the name of the website. And, perhaps, it is better in Person County once you discover the hidden treasures and gems here, including the Person County Quilt Trail that began in 2015 and consists of 29 barn quilts so far. On the west side of Hyco Lake, you’ll… Read more

  • Journey through Caswell County

    February 9, 2020 by

    On the west side of Hyco Lake, you’ll find Caswell County, an area dotted with tobacco farms and small towns that boast the joys of rural living in North Carolina at its best. Caswell County was formed from a northern portion of Orange County in 1777 and was named for Richard Caswell, who was a… Read more

  • Journey through Gaston County

    January 2, 2020 by

    Gaston County is a wonderful area to visit during the holiday season. I chose this county to visit during December specifically to see McAdensville (Christmas Town USA) and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (DSBG). More on both of these attractions later. Gaston County is a community of rolling hills combined with quaint, walkable downtown areas.… Read more

  • Journey through Iredell County, NC

    November 25, 2019 by

    From an old western town to a luxury lake community, you’ll find it all in Iredell County. Nestled in the foothills between the mountains and the Piedmont, somewhat north of Charlotte, this county has a lot to offer. The NC state legislature divided Rowan County in 1788, and the new resulting county was named Iredell… Read more

  • Journey through Lee County, NC

    October 26, 2019 by

    One of North Carolina’s smallest counties, Lee County is just about 255 total square miles. The area has historically been one of the leading brick manufacturers in the U.S. due to its location between the Sandhills region and the clay-predominant Piedmont region. The leading crops in the area are tobacco and cotton–and I did stumble… Read more

  • Journey through Rockingham County, NC

    September 11, 2019 by

    “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,To gain all while you give,To roam the roads of lands remote,To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen It was a sunny day, one day post-Hurricane Dorian which hit our state both as a Category 2 and Category 3 storm. Most of the damage was on… Read more

  • Journey through Yadkin County, NC

    August 26, 2019 by

    “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller August 24, 2019 I hemmed and hawed the night before my departure about whether or not to go. Earlier in the week, the weather had looked pleasant for Saturday. But by that night, it looked like definite rain… no… Read more

  • Journey through Stanly County

    June 1, 2023 by

    Stanly County was formed in 1841 from the part of Montgomery County west of the Pee Dee River. The county was named for John Stanly of New Bern (1774–1834), who served several terms in the North Carolina House of Commons and two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The county was originally populated with by small tribes. Artifacts and settlements have since been discovered,… Read more

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  1. I was at the Badin Museum on Sunday afternoon, 2/19, doing some research, when you dropped in for a visit. Thank you for leaving your website address at the museum. The blog is very interesting and informative!


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