Friday, December 30, 2011

Franklin County, North Carolina

Last Wednesday, December 21, I enjoyed a daytrip to Franklin County, North Carolina. The county was formed in 1779 (which makes it pretty old!), and named after Benjamin Franklin. My first stop was in Youngsville. Although the population of Youngsville is pretty small (less than 1000 people), it has had some notable residents, including "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken and fitness and weight loss guru Richard Simmons.
Youngsville Mural
Old CocaCola Mural in Franklin
My next stop was Franklinton, another small North Carolina town. I enjoyed driving around town and seeing the big old homes and Christmas decorations. I also stepped into the Franklinton Library, which was a treat for me. Notable residents include comedian Soupy Sales and Wilbur Wade Card, Duke University's first basketball coach and athletics director.

WPA Mural in Louisburg Post Office
My final stop in Franklin County was in the county seat of Louisburg. It's home to Louisburg College, the only residential two-year college in the state. I enjoyed finding a WPA mural in the Louisburg Post Office, as well as the Franklin County Courthouse
The rest of my Franklin County pictures are here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Union County, North Carolina

George and I paid an unexpected, but fun visit to Union County last summer, on June 26. We were on our way back from a family reunion in South Carolina, and stopped to visit more with Junelle, Jessica, J.K., and Margie, on our way back home. Junelle and her family have a new home in Waxhaw, so that was our main destination. We had a delightful time there!

Me, Jessica, Junelle, Margie, & JK 
When we got to Waxhaw, we parked the cars and walked around a bit. George took this picture of the rest of us on a footbridge there in town. It was so good to spend more time with family, especially since Junelle is already familiar with the area.

Jessica and Junelle at Waxhaw Reading Room

We also stopped at the Waxhaw Reading Room Used Bookstore, the proceeds of which go help support the local public library. The volunteer who helped us that afternoon was very chatty and helpful!
Fried Pickles at Maxwell's Tavern
We stopped at Maxwell's Tavern for a late lunch, where I had fried pickles for the first time. Apparently, this is not a new delicacy. (I've just had my head in the sand!) Of course, I've noticed them at other restaurants since then. We had fun over lunch, talking more and hearing some stories from when J.K. and my dad (who are first cousins) were children.

Old Union County Courthouse, Monroe
Our last stop of the day was at the Old Union County Courthouse in Monroe, so that I could take a quick shot. It's one of the prettiest courthouses I've seen. Part of me wishes we'd had time to go inside. Maybe another time!

Union County was formed in 1842, its name a compromise between the Whigs and the Democrats at the time. Its location next to Mecklenburg County (home of Charlotte) seems to be helping its growth. Monroe, the county seat, was named for James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States.

The visit to Union County was short but fun! (And thanks, Junelle, for being our hostess!) 

The rest of my Union County pictures are here.