I’ve been going to the same mountain in North Carolina since I was born. My mom grew up going to the same mountain. Her parents before her, and both of their parents before them summer-ed on this same mountain. Why? My mom’s side of the family goes back something like 9 generations in Daytona Beach, FL. The story I’ve been told is that the tourists came to Daytona in the summertime and with them a very feared disease: Polio. So, husbands would drive their FL families to the safety of the NC mountains, for the entire summer, to enjoy the cooler temperatures away from all the germ-filled beach bound tourists. So, my kids have no choice as to where their summer memories will be formed… a little mountain town in Jackson County, NC. To prove the early presence of the Daytona population:
There is a meadow mid-way up this mountain that used to belong to Farmer Jones. He grew corn, apples and raised cows. I grew up feeding some of these apples to horses boarded at his barn each summer.
Right across from the meadow is the old Farmer Jones house and barn. As happens with many old mountain farm houses, the main house, apple house and garage did not stand the test of time well. It became sad to pass by the house as we all knew the potential it held. Then, 5 years ago, the Culpeppers bought the house and land. What they have done is nothing short of breathing new life into this little spot of history.
In the midst of this heat wave that won’t go away, I thought you might enjoy a quick tour of their family compound:
Some examples of the apple theme being carried through the inside and outside of this special family place:
Look at these great outdoor living areas:
I hope you enjoyed your tour today. This is the way out:
Sticks Coffee Table