Journey Through North Carolina – Part 23 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

Hello and welcome to part 23 of our journey through North Carolina.

As we continued to explore the beautiful regions around Claremont NC.  we noticed a sign for Murray’s Mill Historic Site not far up the road.  As par for the course the roads were narrow but we continued enjoying all the glorious scenery along the way.

The Murray’s Mill was built in 1883 with the purpose of grinding corn and flour that was distributed up and down the east coast of the United States.  There was so much history in this place including an original one-ton French burgh millstone for grinding the wheat.  It wasn’t until we entered the original store that the real story began to come out as we met Jennifer .  This young lady had such a wealth of information and her passion for sharing it was so refreshing.  Because there were not many people visiting at that moment we were able to really get to know her as she shared the history of the place.  We felt so privileged as she showed us around sharing intimate details of the mill’s history of which she had done extensive research. The adventure allowed us to step back in time.

As we later read more about this place we discovered Lloyd Murray ended up shutting the doors to his family creation due to bureaucratic red tape and increasing taxes.  I guess our generation isn’t the first ones to feel the hand of big government picking our pockets.

Well this is it for today.  We hope you come back and see how the trip unfolds as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes.  Until then be safe.

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  1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    I’m SO glad I asked about #23!!!

    This video, with the words about the flooding is especially apt right now (the Monday after the worst of Irma in Florida), as so many are recovering from recent Hurricanes and dealing with the threat of more flooding, “There is a spirit of optimism here that can overcome any adversity.”

    Suggestion: Until you get your blogroll numbering system figured out (as per your comment to me with the link here), however you publish your other posts could you leave a title like “Journey Through North Carolina – Part #23 – video link” with just a link and quick comment inside – (and post both on the same day)? Or go back to edit the bottom of #22 (for example) to link to #23 in another part of the site.

    Just a thought — even though 53 others managed to find it without help (::blushing::), surely I’m not the only follower who would appreciate a few “breadcrumbs “- lol. (Especially when we get behind and are trying to play catch-up.) 🙂

    Or did my ADD eyes miss something?

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Wasn’t that something how the timing of the post coincided with hurricane Irma. We loved her remark that you noted about the spirit of optimism. Isn’t that essential though when overcoming adversity. That positive attitude has pulled us through a whole lotta stuff.
      That is a good suggestion on the linking. There is so much for us to learn from those that have gone before us. When we look at your site and many others and see the years they have been blogging and the number of post we realize the importance of organization. You did a great segment on that topic and we are frequently ciphering based upon it. Ain’t that catch up thing hard at times. Recently we were on the road and didn’t get to the notifications for a few days and oh my gosh…. We were on the computer at least 8 hours reading each post that folks had put hard work into and we wanted to comment on. We can’t imagine what it would be like for you and others with the volume of followers you have.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        So many blogs with so many tips it’s practically a full time job to read them all — and not all work everywhere since there are so many themes! There’s definitely a learning curve – but you guys seem to be ahead of it already.

        Reluctantly, I have had to make friends with the reality that I can read everybody’s everything every day (and still get Tink out for a walk, wash my face, cook a meal or two, etc.)

        Dreaming of the time when the sci-fi “robot maids” become a reality – lol. I WANT one of those (like in that Jetsons cartoon) — tho’ it won’t be able to take a bath for me, and I wouldn’t want to relegate the Tink walks to one either!
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        It can be quite a task keeping up. We wonder how some with a couple thousand readers do it. We’re coming to that point of have to make friends with that reality too. Would it be great to have a “Rosie”, lol. We grew up with that show and wasn’t it a hoot. Yes there are certain things Rosie couldn’t have access too, lol.

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  2. Ann McDunn

    A beautiful video from Murray’s Mill and all the things around it, I love the old cash register and the place is full of history. On the link I saw the Museum and I think it is very interesting. Warm greetings, Ann.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you so much for your kind words. The young lady in the video was so dynamic. Its great when we see younger generations learning history on the way to making history.

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  3. lyncrain

    The video was awesome, I enjoyed listening, seeing and reading more of America’s history. It is sad that bureaucratic red tape still exists. You would think we would be evolved better than we are. Thank you.

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  4. Laina Eartharcher

    Wow, this is incredible! 😊👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Excellent documentary and you’re also a born historian! For some reason, I love mill wheels. Maybe because they’re wheels. I love wheels in general. And history, too. And travel! Your amazing blog is like a one-stop shop for several things I love. Awesome post 💜💘💜

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  5. Heide

    Your video is WONDERFUL, Audrey! You are a born documentarian … thank you for making my world just a little bit bigger with your post.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      This is so nice of you to say Heide. We just love meeting and documenting the stories of folks we meet along the way. When I stepped away from a long and prosperous career to study photography I wondered if I was crazy. With the encouragement of a few I now look back with joy at the journey. Dreams do come true when you have faith and step out in that faith. It is so nice having you and Esteban to travel with us. You are a role model for us.

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      • Heide

        Oh gosh, Audrey … I don’t know if we’re worthy of being role models! But we’re certainly huge fans of yours — and I especially admire your courage in embracing a new passion and challenge as you have.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Thank you Heide for your encouraging words. I think what I enjoy most about age is the courage to step out in faith. Our attitude if we fail is, oh well we tried it that way and it didn’t work maybe I’ll try it this way and it will, lol.

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