Don’t come here expecting spoilers for future counties- It’s all Gates County all the time in Episode 37.  Chris notes a defining feature of Gates County, the Chowan River, which leads Matt to wonder what the weirdest ocean creature to make its way up the Albermarle sound up the Chowan River is- which somehow wound up with Matt singing Amazing Grace as a manta ray.

Chris compares the population of Gates County (12,197) with the number of IBM employees in the triangle and the capacity of Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Matt wonders whether Bill Gates could buy Gates county outright- and whether it would come with the furniture and the pigs.

Chris notices that about .5% of Gates County’s current population- or about 60 people- identify as Native American, but was originally inhabited by Nottoway, Meherrin, Chesapeake, Chowanoac, and Nansemond Indians. Matt romanticizes Jodie Foster’s travels in the new world.

Gates County is considered Coastal Plain or tidwater- not quite an IBX member, but just up the Chowan river from Albermarle Sound. A defining feature of Gates County is the Merchants Millpond State Park, presumably home to many corn dog plants aka Cattails- evidently many parts of which can be eaten.

While Merchants Millpond State Park is mentioned on the Gates County Seal it is not featured- you may want to bring a pillow if you want to dissect the county seal.

Chris couldn’t find a beer from Gates County so he toasted Gates County with a Magic Visions Ale from Aviator Brewing Company. Meanwhile Matt recorded leprechaun pirate style, sans beer or rum.

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Chris and Matt discuss the different meanings of the term “dynamic”.  Chris notes that the phrase “from Murphy to Manteo” does not even reach to the easternmost point of Dare County (which isn’t even on Bodie Island, the island sitting directly east of Manteo).  Matt express his preference to live in less populated times, an opinion immediately dismissed by Chris.

Chris notes that the famous Lost Colony wasn’t even the original lost colony on Roanoke Island.  Matt wonders how similar the show Lost is to the mystery of the Lost Colony. Chris notes that while the Indian Manteo may have been a Lord, he was not a Lord Proprietor. Chris gives Matt naming advice for when he buys a boat.  Matt is tempted by the Mother Vine.

Matt and Chris could not find any brews from the Outer Banks Brewing Station, so we toast Dare County with beers from Burial Brewing Company.  After getting over the packaging Chris throws back a Surf Wax while Matt enjoys a Gang of Blades.

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Diggers Dungeon

Chris and Matt toast Currituck county with a Weeping Radish Octoberfest brew from North Carolina.

Chris dispels the notion of an island named Bodie. Matt takes particular notice of how peninsula is (not in fact) spelled.  Matt is blown away by Currituck’s county seal.

The LPs make another appearance on the County Boys via Currituck County’s predecessor Albermarle County which is named after George Monck, 1st Duke of Albermarle and a Lords Proprietor.

Currituck Beach lighthouse

Matt is overjoyed to learn that the town (or unincorporated community) of Currituck is located in Currituck County- and is the county seat. Chris shines some light on Fresnel lenses and Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

Matt may or may not unearth the birthplace of one of the most successful cars the Toyota Corolla.

Chris gets super excited about the Digger’s Dungeon, home to one of the most popular monster trucks Gravedigger.

Sources:
The North Carolina Historical Genealogical Register, Volume 3, Google Books.

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A New Bern Bear in Morgan’s Tavern

Matt and Chris toast Craven County with a Devil’s Tramping Ground Trippel from Aviator Brewing.  Craven County has it all: IBX! The Lords Proprietors! Regulators! Palaces! Pepsi! Horse heads! Bears! Yet again Chris goes into a long and drawn out history lesson.  Matt expresses his distaste for rivers with wide mouths.  Chris ponders the storage practices of the New Bern Fireman’s Museum.

Chris couldn’t find a beer from Craven County, or from Neuse River Brewing Company, so they enjoyed a beer from Wake County’s Aviator Brewing Company.

Unfortunately Chris couldn’t share a beer this time with Craven County native Brian, who talks with Matt and Chris about his home county, and his preference for a non-native soda.

Another New Bern Bear

 

Matt and Chris listen to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream.

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The Lords Proprietors make a triumphant return.  Matt discusses the type of people residing in Shaftesbury.  Chris talks about a few famous residents of Chowan County that went on to get their own county (names).  Matt talks about presidential crimes, misdemeanors, and the beaches of Chowan County.  Chris talks about the surprisingly broad array of tea parties.

A derogatory take on the Edenton Tea Party

Chris explains why there is a dead fish on the Chowan County seal.

Matt and Chris listen to Bikini Kill’s The Singles from 1998.

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Matt reminisces about the idyllic beauty of a place he has never been to based solely on his impression of its “cute” name. Chris discovers a new geographic belt. Matt shares his fears and/or history of interspecies breeding.

Matt and Chris listen to New Order’s Low-Life.