Wednesday, April 4, 2012
What's Great About I-95 in the Carolinas?
An interesting book came across our desk this week that we thought we'd share. It's called What's Great About....I-95 and it's filled with quirky facts and unusual trivia about places that you pass as you drive along I-95. It covers the route from Maine to Florida but we were fascinated by some of the North and South Carolina travel trivia.
For example, did you know that Norma Rae was based on a true story about a single mother who worked at the J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and battled for the Union single-handedly. Sally Fields won an Academy Award for her searing portrayal.
Or that Spivey's Corner, North Carolina is the Hollerin' Capital of the Universe? Or that the Poinsettia is named after Joel Poinsett, the United States' ambassador to Mexico in 1826 who found the specimen on one of his trips to Mexico and is responsible for bringing it to South Carolina and the U.S. Or that author Peggy Parrish, of the childhood stories of Amelia Bedelia, was born in Manning, South Carolina.
These, and lots of other tidbits and trivia, can help to pass the time on long road trips, educate and entertain children, and spur lively conversation among passengers. And, in this age of technology and mobile electronics, isn't it nice to share some family time while watching the world go by?