Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Trip to Cross Creek (aka Fayetteville, NC)
I am a huge fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Drums of Autumn and the books following it take place in Cross Creek, North Carolina where Jamie and Claire build a homestead, encounter Flora MacDonald and witness the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. My brother is stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC which is present day Cross Creek and I was there visiting last week. While I was visiting, we went to the Museum of the Cape Fear which hosts a pretty neat display about the Scottish Highlanders in Fayetteville as well as about Flora MacDonald and the beginning of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina. We also drove past the site where Flora MacDonald College once stood (it has since been incorporated into another private college). When I pointed out the sign, my brother asked "Who the heck is Flora MacDonald?!" and I had a total nerd moment explaining who she was and how cool it was to see where some of my favorite books were set. We didn't make it to the site of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge because the weather was bad but all in all it was a great trip!