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The two RV Gypsies and family
in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

February 6, 2021

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The Caldwell County portion of Blowing Rock is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Watauga County portion is part of the Boone Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Map of the USA showing location of North Carolinamap of NC showing location of Blowing RockBlowing Rock city seal
History book

Before 1752, when Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg of the Moravian Church visited the Blowing Rock, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Native American tribes. After the mid-18th century, when hardy Scots-Irish pioneers began to settle in the region, the mountain passes from southern Virginia into Kentucky attracted many colonists, farmers, hunters, and trappers who continued south to the mountains of North Carolina. The first family to settle in Blowing Rock were the Greenes, who were established by the mid-19th century on a site that would become the Green Park Hotel property. Other early settlers in Blowing Rock included the Hayes, Coffey, Bolick, Estes and Storie families. During the American Civil War the mountains of North Carolina often witnessed fierce guerrilla warfare between groups of pro-American Civil War Union fighters. To keep their families safe, men leaving for service in the Confederate Army often sent them to Blowing Rock, which became a local refuge from the fighting.

After the Civil War many of these veterans would join their families and remain in the Blowing Rock area. At the same time, summer residents began to come up from the nearby city of Lenoir to enjoy the cool fresh air and magnificent mountain views. Seeing the potential of their village to become a haven for well-to-do tourists, the residents of Blowing Rock had their village incorporated into a town on March 11, 1889. The town's first mayor was "Uncle" Joe Clarke, and the town initially had a population of about 300.

As word traveled to other parts of the South about the merits of Blowing Rock, more visitors began to arrive, first camping out, and later taking rooms at boarding houses such as the Hayes and Martin houses on Main Street.

Above History quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowing_Rock,_North_Carolina

Blowing Rock City Limit Sign Blowing Rock City Sign

The Two RV Gypsies' daughter and son-in-law told them about the Prayer Tree in Blowing Rock, but everyone was disappointed that it was no longer there. Just two signs remained on a fence.

Prayer Tree sign Prayer Tree sign

Below: The two RV Gypsies saw two Ice Sculptures that were probably left over from a recent Winterfest function in the Blowing Rock.

Ice Sculpture from Winterfest melting Ice Sculpture

Below: A mural on a wall and its adjoining plaque

Flora of the Mountains art
Flora of the Mountains sign

Below: Two views of a piece of art titled The Gardener

The Gardener rock
The Gardener art piece The Gardener art piece
Jessie - bronx statue on a bench
Jessie art plaque
Blowing Rock Town Hall sign a fancy bench in Blowing Rock

The temperature was in the 30's

Directional mileage signs

a bundled up Karen Duquette Directional mileage signs
Lee Duquette at the Rotary Gazebo
Rotary Gazebo sign
Time Capsule plaque

Below: Lee Duquette had fun with the traces of icy snow that was still on the ground from a previous snowfall, and threatened Karen Duquette with a snowball.

Lee Duquette had fun with the traces of icy snow Lee Duquette with a snowball

Lee Duquette tossed a snowball at his grandson, Alex.

Lee Duquette tossed a snowball at his grandson, Alex. The grandson of the Two RV Gypsies
The grandson of the Two RV Gypsies and his nephew

Alex tossed a snowball to his grandfather, then Lee tossed the snowball back to Alex.

snowball throwing time snowball throwing time
Alex cught the snowball snowball throwing time
snowball throwing time snowball throwing time
Lee Duquette caught the snowball

Below: Little boys must play in the snow - Lee, Alex and John

Lee Duquette digging in the snow Alex and John
Family Alex Jones with a big snowballl

The Great-Grandchildren of the Two RV Gypsies had their snow time fun too.

The Great-Grandson of the Two RV Gypsies The Great-Grandson of the Two RV Gypsies
The Great-Granddaughter of the Two RV Gypsies The Great-Granddaughter of the Two RV Gypsies
snow girl brave girl
The Great-Granddaughter of the Two RV Gypsies
2-Generations a big snowball
Anthony and Alex

NOTE: The two RV Gypsies were also in Blowing Rock in 2010, but not in the center of town. At that time, they enjoyed various overlooks and Grandfather Mountain. These can be found by using the TOC button at the top of any page, then choosing USA States, and NC.

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies After all of this fun playing in the snow, everyone headed over to Mellow Mushroom for some food.

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