Friday, August 6, 2010

A Glimpse of Nash County —1937

"A red dirt country road climbs a hill in piedmont North Carolina. A redder, ruttier road joins it at right angles near the summit. Together they meander on as one, past typical southern farm and country scenes; cotton fields [and] tobacco barns; woody bits of old field pines; burnished ribbons of broom sedge by the roadside in autumn; striking squares of white where plant beds lie in springtime like forgotten snow; substantial farms that bespeak the care of several generations, each place with its scuppernong grape scaffold close beside; a sprinkling of tenant houses with the inevitable hound or 'coon dog sprawled on the porch."

[Taken from Stagecoach to Streamline, by Constance Matthews, 1937]

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