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Slice of Life - Wilson

Posted January 25, 2010

Our Slice of Life series continues with the focus on Wilson today. Wilson oozes Southern charm in both appearance and personality. Wilson is one of those beautiful treesy towns with lots of wraparound porches and meticulously manicured lawns. Wilson makes me relax. I like its impressive courthouse, beautiful churches and fine barbecue.

What do you like about Wilson? What are some of the things visitors must see to fully appreciate this wonderful Southern town?  Please share your accolades.


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  • DickHefner Jan 28, 2010

    I was born & raised in Wilson, been in Raleigh now for 17 years, but still call Wilson home. All my family as well as my wifes family is still there. I remember spending days walking the banks of Contentnea Creek messing around in the water, but always on the lookout for snakes and hoping to hop a train at the trestles. The Moose pool was the place to be in the summer. Walking to Bills BBQ for a chicken bag and sweet tea. The 'Rec' pool and park. Adams Elementary, Winstead Elementary,CharlesLCoon Middle School, Beddingfield High School and Atlantic Christian College, that's how I roll. The Beefmaster, Godwins BBQ, The Creamery, Cliffs Drive in restaurant and The Starlite Drive in movies. Nearly all my lifes childhood & early adult memories were made in Wilson. The stories I could tell. What a great place to grow up. I'll eventually end up in Wilson,in a pine box. My place is ready, I visit often, but will gladly wait many years to call it my final home. Richard Millinder.

  • Wheelman Jan 25, 2010

    My hometown. Lived there til I was 18 and never went back except for an occasional visit. Parents moved away when I did so there wan no family to bring me back. It was an enjoyable place to grow up, but not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life which I sure is trure for a lot of folks. It is still one of the most beautiful towns in NC. Especially in the spring. I used to walk to the "Rec" center to play basketball and hang out in the "Teen" room and shoot pool and listen to music. There was one "mansion" I walked by that had as part of it's front yard a manicured natural area that must have been at least a half acre, and in the spring it was completely filled with the biggest yellow daffodils that I have ever seen. I can remember thinking that there must be at least part of heaven that looked like that yard. Yes the bbq, and cruising the Creamery. The sweet pungent smell of cured tobacco in the early fall and fried oysters at the diner across from Watson's warehouse.

  • missingrrapids Jan 25, 2010

    I have lived in Wilson for 3 years and I love call this lovely town home. People are so friendly here. You are in a central location to everywhere and not just Bills and Parkers is good. You need to try Worrells Seafood buffet on Sunday's!

  • cornfused Jan 25, 2010

    there is nothing like Wilson Bar BQ!! Parkers and Bill's are both awesome and the downtown is lovely I love tree covered streets.

  • garnertoy Jan 25, 2010

    parkers and bills bbq

  • cagerat42 Jan 25, 2010

    Can't forget the NC Baseball Museum at historic Flemming Stadium.

  • eyesblue Jan 25, 2010

    Parker's BBQ

  • 2thebeach Jan 25, 2010

    Bills Barbeque!

  • Riverracer8 Jan 25, 2010

    I agree with mdoodle - it used to take FOREVER to get from Greenville to Raleigh, but driving through the pretty tree-lined streets of Wilson was nice. A detour for BBQ was a plus as well.

  • blytle Jan 25, 2010

    I remember "back in the olden days" when it took FOREVER to drive from Raleigh to ECU in Greenville, you had to drive through Wilson. I was always impressed with the beautiful homes that we passed along the way. It has always seemed like a very nice town.




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