In episode 32 Matt and Chris get the lowdown on Dr D, the bull of Durham, Duke University, and Black Wall Street- all of Durham County North Carolina.
Before diving in, Matt and Chris play a little game of Operation on North Carolina to try and find the heart of North Carolina. Matt plans a romantic getaway. Chris treads down the Great Trading Path with the Siouan-speaking Eno Native Americans.
Chris warns all listeners away from chewing tobacco. Somehow the subject of hobos comes up again. Matt wonders about the relationship between Bladen County resident Wesley Snipes and Dr. D.
Matt and Chris toast Durham county with a Rocket Science IPA from Durham’s own Fullsteam Brewery. Somehow we did not wind up drinking a Cackalacky from Fullsteam.
Durham County’s County Seat and practically only city is Durham, not surprisingly. Unfortunately, no Lords Proprietors are mentioned in relation to Durham County.
In episode 33 Matt and Chris don’t just hang out on the perimeter- but dig in to the juicy middle of Edgecombe County, with imagined graphical accompaniment.
Edgecumbe was formed in 1741 and unfortunately for the county’s namesake Richard Edgcumbe, the county founders got the spelling wrong. But Richard wasn’t an LP and Chris couldn’t really figure out why this guy was deserving of a county anyway. So at the end of the day maybe that’s why it was misspelled- folks just didn’t care all that much about him.
The Tuscarora Indians of Edgecombe County had multiple towns- and they did not get along with each other. As it turns out one of the factions of the Tuscarora Indians played a role in the history of other NC counties- specifically Chief Hancock who captured John Lawson & Christoph von Graffenried.Hancock ultimately killed Lawson- which did not work out well for Lawson or Hancock’s lower town Tuscarora Indians.
Donkeys or large pieces of ice? Tarboro, formerly Tarrburg, is Edgecombe County’s county seat.
In an alternate reality Matt and Chris toast Edgecombe county with a brew from Tarboro Brewing Company. As for this Earth, we could not find any TBC beer in time for recording.
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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.