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Hanging Rock

October 12th, 2013

If you live in the triad of North Carolina, then you are within driving distance to a beautiful, hidden treasure, you were not even aware of. Hanging rock is a beautiful sight of the Saura town Mountains. This is a 30 minute driving distance from Winston-Salem, N.C. There are two picnic shelters and a man made lake to go swimming in . You can fish at the park but, you must have a fishing license. Bass and crappy are abundant.
There are more than 18 miles of trails to walk. The Cascading waterfalls are breath taking. The window falls are gorgeous. It takes a few minutes to get to the falls walking but, one of the giant rocks actually has an open hole in it. The colors of the rocks around the window shimer with vibrant colors, as the sun falls on them.
There are over 300 types of flowers and all different types of animals in the park. Flowers range from rhododendron, azalea, galax, mountain laurel, and ferns. There are squirrels, birds, lizards, snakes, and other wild animals.
Rock climbing is available to climbers who have the right type of climbing gear. Climbers must register with the office before climbing any cliff's.
Ranger's hold Nature classes for groups. The classes are set up in accordance with science, math, social studies, and language classes. These classes are set up for 6th-8th graders. Teachers are given a work book about the class. Contact the park office to schedule your class.
Exhibits are of the rocks, plants, and animals at the state park. There is a video about the Saura Indians. The park was named after them.
You can choose from camping in a tent or camping in a cabin. There are 73 camp sites available. They all have picnic tables, grills, and tent pads. Wash houses are close by. If you prefer a cabin, the cabins have two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.. There is a fee to camp at the park. Cabins are rented two days at a time in the fall and winter. In the Summertime the cabins are rented out by the week. There are 8 campsites closer to the office. They are not fully equiped though. This is for campers who like to rough it more.
Hanging Rock State Park
P.O. Box 278 Danbury, N.C. 27016
(336) 593-8480
denr.hangingrock@lists.ncmail.net
www.ncpark.gov

Old Salem

October 11th, 2013

Old Salem

Old Salem is lacated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The town was founded in 1766 by Moravians. They bought 98,000 acres. Over 100 buildings are in the town. The people used quill pens, fireplace cooking, and learned to sew back then. These buildings have been left in there original conditons. Step into the 1700 Winkler Bakery and see women dressed in 1700 attire, as they mix up bread for the day. The original oven is still used daily to bake the bread. The oven is still heated by wood that has been cut. The oven temperature has to rise before the bread, cookies, and cakes can be made. Watch as the Moravian Sugar Cakes are taken out of the oven. An Old Pipe Organ sits in the Brother's House. The Brother's Worship together in this room. Then, you can go down the hallway to see the tailor. He measures you for your 17-1800's outfit and then makes it. Down stairs you will go into the Potter's room where he makes clay cups, plates, and bowls on a wheel. He then puts the clay into the kiln to be fired. The Tinsmith and Pewter room is exciting, as you watch the Tinsmith make spoons and tin cups. The smell of lunch floats down the hallway, as the Single Brother's make lunch over the open fire in the fireplace. The T. Vogler Gun Shop shows how rifles and muskets were made in the 1700's. Watch as the gunsmith uses a forge to make the guns. Men and women make shoes and buckles out of leather at the Shultz shoemaker Shop. The Salem Tavern has Soup of the day for $3.75 or have a Reuben Sandwich for $6.95. The children's menu ranges from $4.00-$4.75. Sit at a 1700's table and eat your lunch. All meals are cooked on an open fireplace. Stop by the toy Museum to see the variety of toys from all over the world. You can see toys from the 1700's to present day. Teddy bears, dolls, puppets, and toy zoo's. Bring a child into the Children's Museum to see how the 20th century has brought change to children at play. Weave through ropes, roll marbles, build a brick wall, crawl through mazes. All of these things are centered around the Old Salem values you see through the town. Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts opened in 1965. This association was set up to preserve the Southern Artist and Craftsmen of the 16 and 1700's. There are 24 rooms set up to reflect the artistry from 1600-present. Cost for a day: Adults $21.00 Children 6-16 $10.00. Address of Old Salem: 600 South Mail Street Winston-Salem N.C. 27101 Telephone: (336) 721-7300 Bed and Breakfast at Old Salem: Zeverly Inn (Ask for details about Inn at the Reservations office) Copyrighted 2007 S.L.Hartsell

Chinqua Penn Plantation

August 13th, 2012

Chinqua Penn Plantation

Chinqua Penn
Chinqua Penn Plantation is located near Reidsville, North Carolina. It is a 27 room mansion.
As you enter the gate of the front entrance, a stone clock tower sits off to the right. I can just imagine someone climbing the stairs to check the clock levers to see if everything was in working order.
The road from the gift shop to the Main Entrance of the house is, about as long, as a football field. A stone bridge sits on the entrance road to the right. Chinese statues and stone chairs sit in the shade of the trees for people to sit on.
A Chinese Kubota sets to the right of the mansion. A swimming pool is in front of the Kubota. A giant fountain welcomes you before you enter the house.
When you enter the house the Marie Antoinette room is to your left. The mirrors on the ceiling and walls make you feel like a Princess, as you enter the room. The French furniture is beautiful.
The mansion has various antique articles from 30 countries. There is a chair of King Tutís tomb and two Chinese boxes for a young girlís dress to be stored in the entry foyer. The Russell Stover box is where Mrs. Penn kept candy for her nieces and nephews. The Plantation is featured on A & E Americaís Castles. This Historic place is surrounded by 22 acres. The seasonal gardens and lovely landscape are beautiful to see.
The home was built in 1920. Thomas Jefferson Penn was a tobacco farmer and diary farmer. He was a great businessman. Mrs. Beatrice Penn was the daughter of Mr. Arthur Shoellkopf. Mr. Arthur Shoellkopf was the mayor of Niagara Falls and the chairman of the board of Niagara Falls Power Company.
The Pennís love to travel the world and collect antiques. All through the house there is furniture from Italy, Spain, China, and other parts of the world.
The Plantation was named after a dwarf chestnut tree. The dwarf trees name is Chinquapin.
Front Porch- The house is built in the shape of a Y for better ventilation. The exterior is made of stone and logs. The tapestry in the house and paintings are gorgeous. Some of the art work is made of pearl fillings.
The Formal Living room has a cathedral ceiling. The ceiling has a Scandinavian design. The entrance columns in the room are made out of Italian stone. The room has antiques from all over the world. The brass candle holders on the table are from Italy. It is easy to imagine Mrs. Penn sitting at one end of the table speaking to her husband. They were very romantic toward each other. In this room a tapestry of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments can be seen. It was made in France.
The Pipe Organ has pipes under the floor, so that the sound can be heard as the organ plays. The organ plays by itself and is located on the second floor.
Pennís respected other nations religions. The cross light in the hallway near the mud room has red lights in it for Jesusí blood. The tapestry near the stairwell is of the Garden of Eden. Chinese photoís and statues are also located on the wall near the mud room.
The mud room occupied Mr. Penn and his friends, when their clothes were muddy. This looks like a mansí room, with all of the hunting supplies located on the wall. With a stone floor and chairs for the studly men to sit in, the hunt of the fox filled the air. The African drum sits in the corner. It is beautifully hand crafted. The men would relax here and have a drink before supper.
The four seasons are painted on the ceiling of the breakfast and lunch room. The room was always filled with fresh cut flowers from, the gardens on, the Estate. The Dining room was used at Dinner or Supper time.
It was set for a king. The finest of China is set on the table. Come and see for yourself the grape clusters on the ceiling and mahogany walls that line the Dining room.
The view of the landscape is filled with all types of trees. The view of the gardens has got to be beautiful, when they are in full bloom.
Mr. and Mrs. Penn slept together in the same room. With French and Italian furniture the room is beautifully lit. Two of the chairs in the room are from the 1700ís. They are both Louis the 15 and 16 chairs. Japanese watercolors are on the walls of their room. Their bed is from Italy and was hand carved.
One room up stairs was decorated by the Chinese people. They even used silver to put on the walls. A deep green color lines the walls, of the Oriental room, with dark orange to match. Mr. Penn did a lot of business in Shanghai, China.
Mrs. Penn funded the Reidsville hospital and started the Penn 4-H center. Thomas Jefferson Penn (1875-1946) and Mrs. Penn (1881-1965).
The Plantation is now owned by Calvin Phelps. He purchased it on August 25, 2006. He is the owner of Renegade Tobacco Company in Mocksville, N.C. Mr. Phelps and his wife also love to travel.
Price for tours through the building are $10.00 for children under 16 years of age. $20.00 for anyone over 16 years of age. The street address is 2138 Wentworth Street Reidsville, N.C. The web site address is www.chinquapenn.com The telephone number is (336) 349-4576.

Biltmore House

August 13th, 2012

Biltmore House

Biltmore House
There are no words to describe this magnificent house.

The Biltmore Estate is a breath taking sight to see. While you drive through the Entrance, you are welcomed by a stream to the right of you. The water flows beautifully down the stream. The trees' loom over the entrance of the Estate.
The information center is to the left of the Entrance. In the information center, there is a film that you can view before going up to the house. You can buy your ticket here to visit the house or purchase tickets for a private carriage ride. There are several package rates available.
The parking lot is to the right of the Entrance. A bus picks you up and drops you off at the front door of the Estate. You can walk from the parking lot to view the beautiful wooded scenery, if you do not want to ride the bus.
When you enter the black iron gate, a Gazebo sits on top of a hill to the left. The middle of the Biltmore yard is beautifully landscaped.
The house is full of history and heritage. The Winter Garden is beautifully lit by gorgeous overhead windows. The winter garden has live plants from one of the 5 gardens on the Estate. The feature of this area is the "Boy steeling geese sculpture."
The Library is so gorgeous. The painting of "Chariot of Aurora" views down from the ceiling. The blue, pinks, and white are still as vivid, as they were in 1890. Books line the walls from the floor to the ceiling. Volumes and volumes of books with titles of Sculpturing, Paris, Spain, Etc. have been used for generations in this room.
Giant fireplaces warmed the house many years ago, as the family sat in the formal living rooms on all of the four floors. The Pipe organ was played at different times.
Formal dining rooms are located all over the house. The tapestries and gorgeous rugs accent the China patterns on the oversized tables.
Husbands and wives did not sleep together in the 1800's. Mr. Vanderbilt's room was lined in gold. The Portuguese walnut furniture is very beautifully designed.
Mrs. Vanderbilt's room was also gorgeous. With purple and gold filled bed linens. The room is a sight to behold. Gold curtains and walls line the room. Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt's Oak sitting room was a place for the couple to relax and get away by themselves for a while.
The Mountain view is beautiful, as you look out over the Estate. To the left of the house is a flower garden.
This is such a beautiful place to see. Words cannot describe all there is to see here. I hope that you will take a day or two to come and visit Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.
Admission price for 9 and younger is free through the year. Ages 10-18 are admitted free January and February. It is $29.00 for adults. You can contact Biltmore at biltmore.com or 1-877-Biltmore

Childress Vineyards

July 25th, 2012

Childress Vineyards

Childress Vineyard
It is a beautiful sight, as you drive up the Childress Vineyards. The grape vines are on both sides of the driveway, as they fill the acres around the building. Tours at Childress Vineyard are 12 noon, 2pm, and 4pm daily. The lobby has a large fountain, when you enter the door to the building. There is a large conference room off to the right hand side of the building for business meetings.
You can taste the different flavors of wines that are made at Childress Vineyards in the Wine Tasting Room. Wine tasting cost is according to how many wines you want to taste. Five wines is approximately $15.00-$19.00 to taste. This helps you to pick from the lowest cost of wine starting at $19.00 a bottle to $99.00 a bottle and on up. Prices are according to the Vintage of the Wine. Cost do vary. They also have a variety of jellies and jams that you can choose from. The Bistro Cafť is located on the first floor. It is open for lunch at 11am-3pm daily. The cost is $17.95 per person and $8.95 per child plate. The elevator is used for tours of the building. This is also easy for wheelchairs to use.
The Vat room is where the grapes are cleaned and dehulled. The stainless steel vats help with the juicing. In the Barrel room, barrels start at the floor and go to the ceiling. Barrels are brought in from different parts of the world. Different wine ages for months or years before they are put on the market to be sold.
There is a cellar that is cool. Some of the wine is kept in the cellar, as it ages. There is a small boardroom in this same area for small meetings.
The processing room can be seen through glass windows, as the wine is put into bottles to sell to the public. Executive Conferences can be scheduled over looking the grape vineyards or have dinner in the barrel cave. Weddings are held at the Vineyard. Call for details if interested.
Mailing address: 1000 Childress Vineyard Rd. Lexington, N.C. 27295 (336) 236-9463