Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The fun continues in western North Carolina! Today we visited Murray's Mill, a historic mill in Catawba County listed the National Register of Historic Sites. The mill, dating back to 1913, is still able to grind flour from wheat and corn but only operates during special events and festivals now. One of these festival is the popular Harvest Folk Festival that takes place on the last Saturday and Sunday in September every year and provides music and fun for all. Other historic structures on site are The John Murray Home, Murray and Minges General Store, and the Wheat House. The General Store, built in 1890, is full of old time goodies and treats for the eyes as well. The Wheat House, built in the 1880's, now functions as an exhibit gallery featuring work by local artists and also traveling art exhibits several times a year. Outdoors, there are grassy areas perfect for picnicking and a short hiking trail that ambles down to the river. We enjoyed the short scenic hike and discovered and caught a frog to the delight of our children. We finished our tour with a trip to the general store to enjoy frosty cream sodas in glass bottles and giant pixie sticks. It was fun and educational trip for us. Self guided and guided tours are available for $5 and $6 per person respectively and we look forward to coming back in late September to catch the Harvest Festival! For More information visit the official website at www. websiteHere is my cute husband humoring me and letting me take his picture in a field of flowers. Be still my heart!