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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Taste of Scotland in North Carolina

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I spent a couple of days in Cherokee, N.C.  The weather was perfect and to our surprise, it wasn't too crowded.

We toured the Cherokee Indian Museum.  It was real interesting and we learned so much.

After a couple of days of touring, shopping and going to the casino, we headed toward South Carolina.

When we have time, we really enjoy taking the backroads, sometimes stopping if a town looks interesting.  Since it was Saturday we lucked out.

As we came into Franklin, N.C., not far out of Cherokee, we found that they were staging for a parade.  I hollered for Chuck to stop the car and let me out so I could take pictures.  He did and off I went to the parade route.

Good ol' Chuck found a parking place and we met up a little later.

This was a wonderful, unexpected surprise to our trip.  Seeing miles of interstate and billboards, as you are making good time, just can't compare to being able to slow down and experience small town USA.

Townspeople relaxing and waiting for the parade to begin.

Franklin was celebrating it's Scottish heritage.  Many Scots settled here in the 1700's  Their descendants are keeping their heritage alive.

The small parade was led by boy scouts in kilts.

Followed by a bag pipe band.

All of the participants were dressed in colorful costumes.  Most of the men wore kilts.

There were even four legged participants, like this Scottish Terrier.

Then family, after family came down the street proudly displaying their clan names and their tartans.

The parade was finished off by civil war reenactment soldiers with uniform tops and wearing kilts.

After the parade we wondered around a bit enjoying the colorful people.

The civil war soldiers posed in front of the town confederate memorial monument in the park.

After about an hour we hopped in the car and headed on down the country road.



  1. I just love a good pipe band! Was there any haggis to be had? Had it once in Inverness, it tasted pretty good!

    1. Peter, they had several food booths. Chuck and I had just eaten breakfast in Cherokee and I didn't pay much attention to what they had. What is haggis? If I ever run into it I will be sure to try it.


      Sounds pretty gross, but tastes pretty good! Especially with a nice stout.


    Sounds gross, but tastes quite good!


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