Saturday, October 23, 2021

Alamance and Glencoe NC

 If you are an Outlander fan you will remember when the Loyalists and the Regulators fought each other in Alamance NC.  
This is a real place and we went to the actual Alamance Battleground.  
It was so amazing and informative to learn the actual history of the battle.  
We also found out that Diana Gabaldon had gone there, and read from the story on the battlefield.  
We had a lot of fun and learned a lot!
This showed an overview of the area and talked about the history.

Snapped a photo of Chris by the cannon.

This Quaker house was pretty amazing.

I took videos of the views Jamie would have had and Murtough would have had.
They were fighting against each other so were on opposite sides.
Since the guns they were using didn't have much range they would have been very close too.

After we left Alamance we headed for the textile museum in Glencoe. 
 The historical preservation society of NC bought up the entire mill village. 
 They sold the homes to individuals that have to keep the front of the house historically accurate.  Fascinating. 
 It is the only completely preserved mill village in the entire US!
This was the textile museum. .
 I believe it used to be the general store.

The guide person was SO  knowledgeable.  
In the photo below you can see all the mills along the Haw river. 
 Glencoe Mill produced a Carolina Plaid.  They produced lots of plaid. 
 Glencoe is a city in Scotland so I think the scots settled here and brought their plaids with them. 
 It was what this textile mill was known for. 

This is a small scale model of the village. 

They did a fundraiser and a woman made this amazing quilt.
  There are all the houses in the mill village on it as well as other buildings in the village, like the mill, school and church. 
 The woman that won the quilt allowed them to display the quilt in their offices indefinitely
 I'm so glad I got to see it!

These are some of the plaids that were made when the mill was functional.

This was one of the houses in the village. 
 It was the barber shop! 
 So tiny and so cute!!!

We walked down to the dam and the mill race.
Do you know what a mill race is? 
 I didn't know.
  It is a trench type thing that  the mill dug after they dammed up the river and used it to control the flow of the water into the mill to power the machines.
You can see in the video the dam and then the mill race.

So these are the last places we visited before we headed home to MI.

I have some things to share that I made but that will come soon.



Susie said...

I love going to these sorts of places when we travel and learn all about the history. Glencoe is on the west of Scotland just below Fort William and has the viaduct that the train goes over in Harry Potter on the way to Hogwarts. It is a fantastic place to drive through with stunning views especially in Autumn and Winter. Loved all your posts of your travels and can't wait to see what you have been making. Hugs, Susie x

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