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for Carolina Country Vol. 35 Issue 8, Aug 2003
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Benny and Annette Fountain recently opened Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum in Duplin County, North Carolina. The museum is located on part of the working farm that has been in the Fountain family since 1912. The home of David and Ludie Fountain, Benny’s parents, showcases the preserved Dogtrot-style farmhouse from the 1830s and exhibits of farm life.
The North Carolina textile industry played an early role in the advancement of air conditioning when in 1906 the Carrier Corporation installed its first industrial-strength air conditioning system in Gaston County. Air conditioning in rural homes, however, did not become affordable until the late 1960s. During this time, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives began promoting window-mounted air conditioning units called the U-Mount.
Soft crabs, also known as “peelers,” shed their shells between April and September. Fishermen at Benny’s Seafood in Manns Harbor of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, describe the shedding process, and how they catch blue crabs using a male crab called a “jimmy”. The Manns Harbor soft crabs are harvested and sold to buyers throughout the Eastern shore.
During the 1950s and 1960s in rural North Carolina, going to church was a weekly special event for all members of the family. During this time, there was no air conditioning and Sundays in August were different than today. Perry Comer, a pastor in Wadesboro, describes in detail what church was like without air conditioning and how people stayed cool.
North Carolina benefits from having more than ten-thousand beekeepers, more than any state in the nation. The state also ranks among the top ten in number of beehives, and most of these belong to hobbyists with a passion for keeping bees. This article discusses the history of beekeeping, the importance of bees in pollination, and the production of honey.