Monday, June 07, 2010
Hillsborough, North Carolina
We have been fortunate to have two stays in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Chris and Jeff have a wonderful house set in the middle of the woods. Their house felt like home the first time we walked through the door; the colors, the wood ceilings, the bookcases overflowing, and the wonderful "treasures". They have two dogs, Maggie and Blue and two cats, Felix and Tasha.
The first time we stayed, we soon realized we would need to come again. The area around Hillsborough, Raleigh/Durham is chock a box full of things to do and see. Lots of history, parks, a whole valley full of potters, and did I mention the Barbeque? Well, Carolina claims to be the birthplace of bbq! Slow smoked until it falls off the bones, then add the sauce, traditionally one with lots of vinegar.
The history part is pretty cool, too. During our first visit we went to a Civil War battlefield where one of Bill's great Grandfathers had fought. During the second visit, it was a Revolutionary War battlefield. Looking through their records, we discovered a relative of a friend was in the same regiment as one of Bill's relatives. We like to think that the two of them not only knew each other, but were friends, just like their modern day counterparts.
Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, a man who was the power behind the throne as Regent for James I of Scotland,...