Travels

A Trip Through Eastern Carolina: Lake Matamuskeet and Aurora

In mid-October 2007, I took a day off to ride past one of North Carolina's great wonders and the site of what may have been the goofiest argribusiness scheme in US history. Along the way I found some great animals, plants, distinctive architecture, took a couple of ferry rides and dug for fossils at the Aurora Fossil Museum.

Octagon House in Engelhard, NC. Built in 1857 by Dr. William Sparrow.  The first American to tout octagonal houses was Thomas Jefferson, and he liked the design so well that he built his second house, Poplar Mountain, in an octagonal shape.  Octagonal houses became popular in the US in the 1850s with the publishing of a book about the supposed benefits of the octagonal shape by an Orson Fowler.  The central chimney serves four fireplaces.
Octagon House in Engelhard, NC. Built in 1857 by Dr. William Sparrow. The first American to tout octagonal houses was Thomas Jefferson, and he liked the design so well that he built his second house, Poplar Mountain, in an octagonal shape. Octagonal houses became popular in the US in the 1850s with the publishing of a book about the supposed benefits of the octagonal shape by an Orson Fowler. The central chimney serves four fireplaces.
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