Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Carolina County Pride

Posted February 22, 2010 10:08 a.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2010 10:10 a.m. EST

What do you know about North Carolina’s 100 counties? What is your county? How did it come to be? Please join in the discussion. 

Do you know the newest county in North Carolina? It was Avery in the mountains. Avery County was formed in 1911 just after Hoke County the same year. Avery County was named in honor of Revolutionary War patriot Waightstill Avery. 

Do any of you know why North Carolina has exactly 100 counties? 

Did you know that we once had a Dobbs County in North Carolina? We also had a Glasgow County and a Bath, Bute and Tryon County. But they didn’t stand the test of time and politics. 

I grew up in Burke County which was named for Governor Thomas Burke who also served as a member of the Continental Congress. Burke was once a mother county. Out of Burke 16 other counties were born including Buncombe, Catawba, Mitchell and Yancey. 

When my dad was a young man he sketched and painted a map of Burke County. Attached is a copy of his painting which is included in my book Blue Ridge Reunion

What about your home county?  Feel free to brag and shout your praise.