Eight years ago Bob Plimpton discovered North Carolina and decided not to return to Florida. He purchased eighty-eight acres in Henderson County and settled in. On his property, where moonshiners had formerly operated, he discovered an old stump with a bubbling spring of clean, pure water. A former salesman, Plimpton became a full-time natural spring water supplier in North Carolina and across the Southeast. He now bottles and sells spring water under approximately seventy different labels. He is currently president of the North Carolina Spring Water Association, an alliance of about twenty small spring owners, bottlers, and distributors.