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 notes one specific utility of Duplin County’s location proximate the highway to the beach. Chris discusses the namesake of Duplin County, Thomas Hay, Lord Duplin. Unfortunately a Lord, but not an LP. Chris also notes that Duplin County is spelled slightly differently than Thomas Hay’s title, Viscount Dupplin. Matt imagines the County Boys podcast souped up with radio show sound effects. Chris notes that there used to be another Duplin in the United States- in New Hampshire- but the Hampshirites decided Lempster was a better name.
Duplin County has lots of hogs, and for that Chris gives thanks since he loves bbq. Matt compares the human population of Houston (2.2 million people) to the hog population of Duplin County (2.2 million pigs), and attempts to annoint the giant pig city in Duplin County as “Pigtropolis” or better yet “Pigtropholis”. Chris is somewhat dismayed that Duplin County doesn’t have a bigger bbq presence based on its hog population.
Duplin County plays a part in North Carolina Giant Husbandry, as it is home to a gigantic frying pan, (purportedly the world’s largest frying pan). Despite the hog population in Duplin the frying pan is actually used for frying lots of chickens. Or one gigantic chicken. Either way. Rose Hill is home to said largest frying pan and the North Carolina Poultry Jubilee, which as far as I can tell is the only day of the year when the frying pan is put to use. Duplin County is also home to the Carolina Strawberry Festival and the North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival. (Correction to the podcast: Duplin County does not host the NC Pickle Festival).
The biggest city of Duplin County is Kenansville, its County Seat. The County Boys do not advise searching for pickle husbandry.
Matt reminisces about his two uneventful trips to Davidson County. Chris discusses the surprisingly high population of Davidson County. Matt discusses Pat Summit and the amateur and professional basketball career of Davidson (College) graduate Woodrow Wilson. Chris speculates about whether the Sapona Indians hold a grudge about losing their river name. Matt notices the dichotomy between Thomasville being home to the big chair but not being the county seat of Davidson County.
Davidson County is associated with a handful of famous- or semi-famous people, including its namesake Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, Revolutionary War patriot, and Thomasville’s namesake John W. Thomas.
Chris and Matt toast Davidson County with a Fearrington Summer from Durham County’s Fullsteam Brewery. Appropriate in Chris’ mind since sweet tea goes well with barbecue. After having perhaps too much Fearrington Summer, Matt volunteers various places he aint too proud to swim.
Chris lays out the differences between ‘western’ or Lexington style barbecue and ‘eastern’ style barbecue. Matt recommends BBQJew.com for its domain name and bbq reviews. Matt wonders if it is enough in life to be delicious.
The boys also talk about High Rock Lake, a bit about the Uwharrie Mountains, and Thomasville’s Everybody’s Day.