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Category Archives: Stokes history

A tour of Vade Mecum

Most of the readers of this blog are not from Stokes County, or even from North Carolina, so I need to explain what Vade Mecum is and why people in Stokes County are so concerned about it. A hundred years ago and longer, Stokes County was a tourist destination. People would come into Walnut Cove […]

Christmas in Danbury

Carolers Carolers at the Arts Council reception Moravian star in front of the old Stokes County courthouse The old Stokes County courthouse Charlie’s surrey Charlie Inside the Stokes museum Mantel in the museum Inside the Stokes museum

Stokes Stomp

Click on images for high-res version The Stokes Stomp is Stokes County’s biggest annual party. It happens every September in Danbury. I was there today to work in the No Fracking in Stokes booth and to take some pictures.

Promontories

Ken Ilgunas on Pilot Mountain. Click on image for larger version. Ken has been here for much of the summer. His next adventure will be to the British Isles and Ireland, starting in September. Those of us who live in Stokes County like to remind people that Stokes County has its own little mountain range […]

Priddy's store was hopping today…

Ron Taylor in Priddy’s store with some of his products that Priddy’s sells Coming home from the post office at Danbury, I stopped at Priddy’s General Store today to pick up a few things. There were a lot of customers, but in between ringing up customers Jane Priddy still found time to talk with me […]

Ida

The Dan River three miles downstream from Danbury in Stokes County Moisture brought up from the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Ida left four inches or more of rain this week. This was one of the nicest rains in years in these parts. The rain is also bringing up the groundwater, which has never really […]

The sky is so hard to photograph

I’ve mentioned before how difficult it is to photograph the sky. Conditions have to be just right, and better equipment than I have really helps. But the color of the light at yesterday’s sunset was so unusual that I at least had to try to capture it. There had been storms all around before sunset, […]

Road trip: The headwaters of the Dan River

Near Westfield on N.C. 89 The Dan River begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The area includes Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina and Patrick County in Virginia. I took a little road trip through this area today. It was hot, but I just couldn’t take another day of […]

Dan River Basin Association

Do you know where the Dan River begins and where it goes a few counties downstream? The Dan River Basic Association‘s web site is a good source of information on the Dan River — including its history, geology, and the way the river is today. Their free PDF book, “Adventures in the Dan River Basin,” […]

A bit of Stokes history

The Winston-Salem Journal has an article today on the restoration of Davis Chapel near Danbury. This was a community project by people who wanted to save a charming piece of Stokes County history. I believe the plan is that the church will now function as a historic site and a place rentable for community events. […]