In episode 34 Matt and Chris bridge the hyphenated spans of Forsyth County, North Carolina’s fourth most populous county.
Forsyth County is located in North Carolina’s piedmont, a word with surprising italian origins. The biggest city in Forsyth County is Winston hyphen Salem. Young Salem was founded in 1766, while Winston was founded much later in 1849 (but named in 1851). The two cities merged in 1913, leading to the moniker twin-cities, and Matt is ready for the Minneapolis v Winston-Salem showdown.
Forsyth County was named after Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, famous for his exploits in the War of 1812. Although Chris argues that was the only time Washington DC was conquered by a foreign occupying force, Matt seems to recall a few other invasions.
We toast Forsyth County with a Jade IPA from Foothills Brewery in Forsyth County. Foothills Brewery began brewing in 2005 in Winston-Salem, and is now the second largest craft brewer in North Carolina (by beer production).
Apart from Foothills Brewery and RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Winston-Salem is also home to Krispy Kreme donuts, founded in the hyphen in 1937 by Vernon Rudolph. Winston-Salem was also home to the headquarters of Wachovia Bank, and still home to the tallest building in the Carolinas outside of Raleigh and Charlotte.
Matt gets… somewhat excited about the boundaries of Davie County, which include the Yadkin River to the east, and to the south with… the South Yadkin River. Chris questions the sources on where exactly High Rock Lake begins- which may be the confluence of the Yadkin and South Yadkin Rivers, but might actually be in the town of Yadkin.
Speaking of the geography of Davie County, Matt and Chris debate the pronunciation of the Piedmont. Next Chris and Matt discuss the county’s RiverPark at Cooleemee, home to the famous Bull Hole. Matt reminisces about the Jesus reunion tour ’86 which may have gone through Jerusalem but probably did not go through Mocksville, which evidently is a hotbed of crime.
Speaking of Mocksville, Chris discusses the Daniel Boone Family Festival of Mocksville and Boone’s Cave Park just across the Yadkin River from Davie County. The County Boys get excited about a cameo appearance of a Lords Proprietor.
Matt dives deep into Davie County’s NC Bike Fest (NSF normal people).
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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.
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.
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.
Matt and Chris listen to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream.
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.
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.
Matt is Craven’ for some pancakes. Chris brings it back to the Lords Proprietor. Matt picks Mugsy Bogues Banks to win it all in County Boys bracketology. Chris recalls running 200 miles to the beach. Matt pines for the pines of the forests of Carteret. Chris notes the separation of time from Jenkins losing his ear to the war over its loss.
Matt and Chris listen to Arcade Fire’s Funeral. But they should have just watched this video.