Jamie Cox was only five when her mother took her to see the place where she grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and told her how three creeks in the area-Bridle, Saddle, and Horse-got their names. Seemed a wealthy horse breeder across the line in Virginia had picked his finest horse as a gift to his bride-to-be, only to have it stolen. He set off in chase of the thief and found the horse's bridle by a creek. At another creek, he found the saddle. And at a third creek he came upon his abandoned horse, peacefully grazing. Jamie wanted to know what happened to the thief. Was there still another nearby creek named String-'em Up? Her mother didn't know.
She thinks that may have been the cause of her lifetime interest in North Carolina's intriguingly named places. She spent years learning the stories behind such spots as Bandana, Toddy, Trust, Justice, Joe, Old Trap, Bear Grass, Dumpling Town, and many others. The result is this delightful and entertaining book.
It probably won't be the last. Jamie is still searching for the stories behind the naming of Topknot, Tadmore, Vengeance Creek, Cutawhiskie Swamp, and many others.
"I am hooked forever," she says.
|Book:||Talking Turkey: And Other Stories Of North Carolina's Oddly Named Places|
|Author:||Jamie Perry Cox|
|Publisher:||John F. Blair Publisher|
|Number of Pages:||150|
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