|As we were coming in to North Carolina noticed lots of fields with cotton. We talked that if we needed to, could stop and apply for job and work a while as we have experience. As we went on saw they no longer were using people to do the picking, using cotton picking machines. Oh well, guess we couldn't have done it any way.
Today, 10/24, we went to Averasoboro Battlefield, next to the last battle to end Civil War, and to Bentonville, which was the last one here. Had museum at both and the guides were really good. The battlefield themselves wasn't much to it, had signs that told about what happened there but no monuments. Guess being losers they didn't do as much. The guides at Averasoboro Museum was a retired History teacher. She was very good in her facts and knew how to keep you interested. She said they are the only battlefield that has the original houses used as field hospitals. Unfortunately, they were not opened today, said they were usually when there was a special event but didn't sound like it was very often,. Each had their own interesting points and thought Bentonville was the best.
Bentonville had the Harper House that was used as a field hospital, had an outdoor kitchen set up and had redone a house to appear as a slave cabin. Not an original building but it had been a barn at one time in the early 1900s. But they wanted to have one to show as it might have been set up. On the grounds they had a tree that was one of the trees from the Civil War, others had been damaged or knocked down by hurricanes that come thru the area. Also, had a walnut tree there that had almost no leaves and few branches but lots of walnuts. You could see them on the tree. The guide said that last year it had one walnut and that was all. Decided that it was giving it's all in case it is it's last year. LOL The Harper house had people living in it up to the 1950s and had been mondernized but when the state took it over, they removed the modern stuff and put it back to what it would have been in the 1860s. The furnishings were reproductions to look as though in 1860s. Said since households had changed many times, the original furniture changed also. Still you could picture the era.
On the drive we saw a couple of fields that had stalks standing with no leaves or anything other than the stalk. Couldn't figure what it was. Asked the guide at Bentonville and he said it was tobacco plants. The one in the pictures was just down the road. At the very top of some of the plants were the prettiest purple blooms. So guess they must be going to reproduce again but with weather changing, makes you wonder. The tobacco business has really taken a down turn here and so has cotton, he told us that now the main things are pigs and turkeys. Guess that's better for you than tobacco.