A NC Thanksgiving with Friends
Leaving TN, we made a bee line for our next destination of High Point, NC. We spent a week and a half in the Triad area, exploring the area and its history, relaxing and spending quality time with friends celebrating Thanksgiving.
We stayed at a very nice city park in High Point. Oak Hollow was a central location to take in the Winston-Salem, Greenesboro, Jamestown and High Point areas. The park had several really nice amenities like a golf course, tennis courts, a lake for fishing, kayaking and boating. The campground itself was split into 3 sections. Two of them being more like a traditional park campground setting with loops and bath houses, complete with laundry area. The third section, where we stayed, was for larger rigs and was essentially a large gravel parking area with lake views. We had full hookups, including 77 channel cable and it was fine for our use since we were away from the RV for a good bit of time.
We spent a good bit of time seeing historical sites in the area. Our first was the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. This location served as the site for a pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War where the British troops, led by Lord Charles Cornwallis defeated the American militia and Continentals, led by Major General Nathanael Greene. Although the American troops were defeated and retreated, Greene was able to preserve his troops where Cornwallis' victory cost him over 25% of his troops in this bloody battle. This costly battle weakened the British troops and ultimately led them to abandon the Carolinas and move back into Virginia where a few short moths later he would surrender at Yorktown.
We then spent a great bit of time at the historic Old Salem district in Winston-Salem. It by far exceeded our expectations. We thought it would be just a quick stroll down a street with some old houses and it caught us completely off guard when we were charged a $35 per person admission fee in the Visitor Center. However, after spending a day and a half there, we can honestly say that it was worth every penny. Your admission is good for two days and we took advantage of that fully. Before going over to the old town, we spent some time in the two museums and had a wonderful staff member walk with us and talk through the beautiful exhibits of life in that time and the period furniture. The other museum was of the Moravian culture and life in that time of the 18th and 19th centuries, which was expanded upon greatly as we went through the old town. Touring the town was a wonderful, interactive experience and you can engage as much as you want with the period historical interpreters throughout the buildings in town. We spent a good bit learning about life during that time, partaking in period food, fun and history. Everything was decorated for the holidays which made it even more special. There was a large wooden bridge over one of the Winston-Salem roads from the visitor center to the old town and many families were having their holiday pictures taken in front of it.
We also visited the Winston Cup Nascar Museum in Winston-Salem. This was a nicely done private museum that depicted the time of the Winston Cup
Another day found us in Mount Airy, NC, just north of the TRIAD, visiting the town that Mayberry was modeled after. The stroll downtown was like being in Mayberry and stopped at a couple iconic locations for The Andy Griffith show. See if they look familiar to you.
A good bit of our time was spent catching up with my dear friend Vicki and her husband Ryan, Vicki and I worked together for several years. It has been over a year since I retired from United Healthcare, but it was just like old times, picking up like we had just talked the week before. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with them and their family and enjoyed our time together.
Our time in NC went way too quick but we vowed to be back. We really enjoyed the area and all it had to offer. We also had our first taste of Bojangles chicken too...YUMM!!
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