Monday, October 22, 2012

Chocowinity, North Carolina

10/16 - 10/19/12
Twin Lakes Campground
Chocowinity, NC

After leaving The Outer Banks we traveled through Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge where Judy and Emma were for a couple of months ( We met Judy a few days ago).

Along the way we continued to go through fields of corn already cut now and beans; then we started seeing fields of cotton.  Most of the cotton fields were at one time tobacco farms.  Now cotton is more profitable.

Cotton has been pressed and then made into these huge bales.  I don't know how they transport these large bales, they are the size of a flat bed trailer.

Another name to learn to pronounce, Cocowinity, pronounced Chalk a win ity, is in the Tar-Pamlico water shed which then goes to the Pamlico Sound.  On the north side of the river is the town of Washington and home to the North Carolina Estuarium, a must see. No pictures allowed.

On our way to Chocowinity we stopped in the Historic town of Bath.  This is my new favorite place to live.  A very quiet beautiful place on an inlet off of the Pamlico River.

Also the home of Blackberd at one time

Just a little south of our campground and then east is the Aurora Fossil Museum and digging for shark teeth.  Another well worth site to see.  There is a phosphate mine near by and they bring truckloads of gravel that is 5 - 10 million years old and full of shells, coral and shark's teeth.  Yes, we did find some shark's teeth from Tiger, Copper and Requiem Sharks.  The museum is excellent in showing shark's teeth, shells and phosphorous from 5 - 10 million years ago.

Fossil of whale, 5 - 10 thousand years ago
Looking for fossil of whales teeth, lots were found, but nothing big enough for earrings or necklace.

Whale fin/arm, just like ours, digits, hand/wrist, ulnar & radius and the humerus.  Who would have known.  These were also found in the phosphorus mine so very old

The birth place of Pepsi-Cola in New Bern, NC

Caleb Bradham's pharmacy

This is the clock from the New Bern's tower clock from 1901 until about 2001 and then was retired and placed in the museum at the Tryon Palace, more on that later.

Close up of clock

Tryon Place was the seat of colonial government before 1775.  Once burned to the ground, the palace has been rebuilt to the original specifications.  A very nice tour but no pictures were allowed.

Gardens around the palace.

That's about it for this stop.  Every night we had a nice campfire with S'mores and apple cider.
 a little smokey now and then, but a fun time.

 Have a blessed day, and thanks for stopping by.



  1. I saw a bunch of those cotton bales on the road today on the back of 18 wheelers with a funky roof over the top and sides, but no back.

  2. We really enjoyed our time there. Did not know about the Pepsi connection until we walked into the place:) Great memories-thanks