Bilbo, MrD, and I went over to Old Salem, NC to take some photos of the community where I grew up. I spent a lot of time with my great aunt Nana and this is where she lived. The town was established in the 1750s. My family has been here since that time and there are still two counsins living here. But first—let’s see the village town hall of the town where I currently live.
Bilbo made it to Clemmons, North Carolina! First, he visited our Town Hall where MrD works. Clemmons is named after Peter Clemmons who owned a stagecoach stop on The Old Plank Road. The Old Plank Road ran from our town to our coast and transported goods back and forth. Some of that route is called Interstate 40 today. The Village of Clemmons was established in 1802 but there were people living in the area long before that.
Above is our town hall and inside is a stage coach called the Hattie Butner. Enlarge the photo to read about our famous stagecoach. The village emblem is a stagecoach of course. We have approximately 18,000 people. It’s a quaint town and was voted by Money magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in the USA just two years ago. I would say we have gotten better and better.
Bilbo had the privledge of sitting on MrD’s desk and I know MrD will never be the same again. Just look at how delighted he is to have Bilbo. MrD is the town manager of Clemmons and he’s never had a gnome on his desk. Not that he is aware of anyway.
Then we took Bilbo and showed him the council chambers where important decisions are hashed out through blood, sweat, and tears.
Bilbo said all that government talk was making him a bit queasy so we showed him the stagecoach.
We have a wonderful park close by maintained by our county. It’s called Tanglewood Park and I’ve written about it and you can search for that park on my sidebar. Here is Bilbo out in front of the main sign.
Old Salem is located within the city of Winston Salem, NC and is about 15 minutes from my town. Below is a picture of the Old Salem coffee pot. It symbolizes the art of tin smithing. During the 1700s when the Moravians settled this community, there was a need for craftsmen to fix and trade goods used by the area settlers. The Moravians settled to this community of Old Salem and brought with them the most talented craftsmen of the region. People would come from all over to have their farm equipment repaired, have a gun made, or purchase their tinware. This coffeepot sits at the entrance to Old Salem as you enter from the Winston Salem downtown area.
My great grandfather of the 1700s was a gunsmith and miller. I have written the story of my grandmother on my sidebar. You can read her story HERE. She was on my father’s side. My mother’s side is just as historic but they were not Moravian and I’ll save that story for later. Her family was friends with Squire Boone’s family. Do you know who that is?
This is how my grandmother of that time would have dressed. Docents of Old Salem walk around in period dress and answer questions or have their pictures taken. I told her all about Bilbo and she said it wasn’t the first time someone had done that. So maybe Jane Austen brought Bilbo here and no one knew. I sure wondered how this woman had seen Bilbo before.
Old Salem is a beautiful place and I’ll post more about it tomorrow. But for today—-I need to finish this post and let you start signing up to have Bilbo come visit you. The coffeepot below has been in a lot of famous historical brochures. Bilbo was honored.
Sign up at this post and I’ll pick a winner later tonight. I was going to do it by 8ish but we stayed out too late today showing Bilbo around. Sign up here today and let’s say—-by 11 pm East Coast Time—I’ll pick the winner. There are rules you must follow and here they are:
April @ Dirt Princess in Alabama is the brain child of this project and you can read her sidebar to see all the places Bilbo has traveled. HERE. Julie @ My English Country Garden was Bilbo’s previous hostess. She sent me Bilbo and included a few sweet goodies for fun. I’ll do the same for the next recipient. You’ll get a few NC items—not expensive—but just for fun. Thank you Julie and April. I really enjoyed having Bilbo. I’ll get him in the mail soon as I get the address from the next recipient.
While Bilbo was lost, Bitsy took his place and she traveled to Michelle’s blog at Mosaic Cottage Garden. Bitsy was treated to a swimsuit and sunglasses and lounged by Michelle’s pool. I’m happy for Bitsy but more happy for myself cause you should see Michelle’s mosaic creations! Click on Mosaic Cottage Garden and visit her beautiful blog!
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