Tour NC With Me - Albemarle and Stanly County


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Albemarle is the county seat of Stanly County, recently sharing the spotlight with the American Idol star, Kelly Pickler. Albemarle was formed in 1842 when the Hearne family donated their land and it was divided up into plots for the new town. Too many people only know of the Albemarle along 24/27, the Albemarle Road to Charlotte. Get off the beaten path and go downtown and you will find a pretty little town that seems to have made all the right planning choices. Their streets are wide with minimal traffic. There is plenty of parking and the shops that line the streets are locally owned.

Downtown is clean and offers everything from dress shops to music stores to a number of beautiful churches. The difference between what is developing along the main route of 24/27 and the main street of Albemarle is like night and day. The city fathers did the right thing when they kept all the strip malls and big box stores outside of town.


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Following highway 73 west out of Albemarle, the town is in the process of building City Lake Park. Now, it only has picnic areas, fishing and paddle boat rentals. But a visit to this large green space shows areas being cleared for new development. On the other side of town, just off the Albemarle road on Highway 52 is Rock Creek Park. Here there is a large public swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, skateboarding and running trails among the many features offered for the people of the area.

Stanly County formed in 1841 after being split from Montgomery County has an interesting history. In 1835, the Montgomery County courthouse burned and the two parties fought over where the location of the new courthouse should be. The North Carolina General Assembly settled the dispute, King David style, by splitting Montgomery County in two. This way, each party could put a courthouse in a location they choose.

The county was named after John Stanly of New Bern. However, Stanly never stepped foot in the county that was named after him. Although Stanly was a son of privilege and served as a Federalist U. S. Congressman, he shot and killed the NC Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight in North Carolina’s last legalized dual.

Yet, the history of the area goes back 10,000 years. Indian sites have been found and excavated in these parts. There are 175 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Stanly County, two sites, Colson’s Ordinary and Morrow Mountain have received grants. BTW, this is a view from the top of Morrow Mountain in the Uwharrie National Forest. There is camping, boating, fishing and trails available in the Uwharries, some of the oldest mountains in America, created from a chain of ancient volcanoes.


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Hunters and gatherers roamed the area, following the herds of buffalo that traversed the region. At the top of Morrow Mountain in the Uwharrie National Forestoutcrops of rhyolite have been found which they used to make spear points.

With all this history and wide open spaces, Albemarle and Stanly County are interesting areas to explore. Offering a little something for everyone and within an hours drive to Charlotte, this area is growing exponentially!

Comments

Man, this was a hard one

I couldn't get everything in, this area could take pages and still not be covered.

Isn't North Carolina a wonderful place to live!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Beautiful Mo...just beautiful




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What are you doing up so late SD

Or should I say so early?

Thanks, as always for the front page...did you notice i tried that slide show thingy. Will it Kos take that?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

It's photobucket, so it should work

Hmmm, first the picture wasn't showing up and now.....I'm around, so I can get this back on the front page. It's so nice to open my favorite site for news on Sundays and find your piece waiting for me.

I couldn't sleep. I went to bed a bit earlier than usual, so now I'm up. What are you doing up?


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Wonderful report, Momo!

Thank you so much for doing this. The slideshow feature is great!

Thanks A,

As always, it was thanks to the encouragement of SD that i tried it. She is the best in my book and makes me proud to be a part of bluenc!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

SD, I see all the pics

but no dead people (hehe). Does anyone else have a problem with any of the pics in my article?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Finally, the pic disappeared like SD said

So i edited and attached another picture...does everyone see all the pictures in my post?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Good morning Lovex7

LeslieH and Surveyor. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Labor Day Weekend!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

It's a great day

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday.

Need some LOVE

cross posted at DailyKos

And at MyDD

I will not be doing a Tour next weekend, it is our annual Weekend After Labor Day Weekend trip to Myrtle Beach where we camp with about 12 other people for a long weekend of fun and mischief!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Lovex7

Please CYE

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

forgot to note, gas prices are $2.36

just outside Stanly County....just a coincidence right before mid term elections? To think that our Patriotic Oil companies would lower gas prices for Americans on Labor Day Weekend, well makes me warm all over!

(NOT!)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Lovex7

Please cye again

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Another hit and Kelly Pickler too!

Love your tour Momo, and we are stealing Kelly, she is moving to Nashville, TN.

momo: need your help, I have posted at OAC in Diaries, and for the Blog spot, need votes if you have an active on OAC, Check if out for me, please. I will post here for NCBlue to see also. Also please help me spread the story, and call or email Harold Ford Jr's office and ask Why?

Thanks dk2

have you got a link to the oac and blog spot diary? Did you get my email?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Great post momo

Had a great time chatting. You are an awesome person.

Hey Benji,

Glad you stopped by...all the way from CA!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Hey Momo just flew in from Cal...

And boy are my arms tired.

yucka yucka yucka