Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Hometown Humility

Posted February 18, 2010 9:10 a.m. EST

I'm losing it. I hate to admit it but I am. Twice in the last month I have failed. I need to hit the highway again and bolster my knowledge of the obscure townships across North Carolina.

Producers in the WRAL newsroom have always relied on me as the Tar Heel encyclopedia. Rarely does a day go by that some producer doesn't ask me to name the county where a town in the news is located. I'm usually pretty accurate.

But during recent winter storms I was asked on-air to identify the counties where Manson and Delway are located. I didn't know.

So I'm headed back to the map, gazeteer and highway for some hard study. I’m determined to regain my credibility. Once, as an extra credit project in the 8th grade, I memorized and recited all 100 NC counties and county seats. I think it’s time to re-visit that challenge.

Meantime I have a quiz for you with answers at the bottom. Let me know how you did. What was your score?  Don't peek.. Name the county where the following towns are located? 

1.  Manson
2.  Delway
3.  Moyock
4.  Wagram
5.  Shoefly
6.   Loafers Glory
7.   Beargrass
8.   Engelhard
9.   Climax
10. Cricket

Answers: (1) Warren. (2) Sampson (3) Currituck (4) Scotland (5) Granville (6) Mitchell (7) Martin (8) Hyde (9) Guilford (10) Wilkes