Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Thanksgiving Names

Posted November 24, 2005

That's Cranberry, NC to your left in the picture. Ever been to Cranberry? Well, it's in Avery County in the mountains and is a mecca for Christmas tree seekers. It is one of several North Carolina towns with Thanksgiving names.
I once served as the grand marshall in the Turkey, NC parade. This town is in Sampson County. They gave me a turkey and a sweatshirt with a colorful gobbler on the front.
By the way, there is a Gobble Creek in Davidson County. There is a Thanksgiving community in Johnston County. It was named for a Baptist church founded on Thanksgiving Day in 1899. I once knew a co-worker at WRAL who was born in Pumpkin Center in Lincoln County. There is a Pumpkintown in Jackson County. Those are some of the holiday names I can recall. What are some others?

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