Durham, years ago, lost one of its major industries. Much of its fortune was built on the bright leaf tobacco industry. It is said that the bright leaf process was accidentally discovered by a slave. By the end of the Civil War, Union soldiers occupying North Carolina had discovered this tobacco, and brought their love of it back home to the North.
But, in more recent years, the tobacco warehouses that once held the tobacco that brought prosperity to this part of North Carolina lay vacant. Now, these tobacco warehouses are being re-purposed into housing and indoor malls. Urban renewal seems to be working.
Duke University, in Durham, has some of the most beautiful flower gardens I have ever seen. The story of the Duke family, whose fortune was made in tobacco, has not been a happy one, but I don't think of that when I visit these gardens.
|Royal Burgundy Cherry and Dogwood, Duke University, April 2014|
I love outdoor art in all its forms. And Central Park did not disappoint with this bench.
Or this sign painted on a building being repurposed.
Or its flowers and sculpture.
North Carolina attracts people from my area of upstate New York with an almost magnetic pull. It's easy to see why. So many people from my area end up retiring in North Carolina.