Where In North Carolina Is That And How Did IT Get Its Name?

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Test your knowledge of how some of North Carolina's lesser known places got their names! Based on some of Michael Hill's favorite entries in the 2nd edition of the North Carolina Gazetteer.

  
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  • 1. 
    Asey Hole
    • A. 

      (Nash County) Famous shouting match between two families

    • B. 

      (Onslow County) Deep section of White Oak River; Asa Moore fell in there


  • 2. 
    Black Ankle
    • A. 

      (Montgomery County) Bogs in the gold mines dirtied the ankles of workers

    • B. 

      (Gaston County) Named for a local tobacco shop


  • 3. 
    Cat Square
    • A. 

      (Lincoln County) Unwanted cats and kittens were left there

    • B. 

      (Camden County) Town's ninth name


  • 4. 
    Enola
    • A. 

      (Burke County) Alone spelled backwards

    • B. 

      (Harnett County) Enola Wells' birthplace


  • 5. 
    Lawyer's Spring
    • A. 

      (Buncombe County) Favorite vacation spot for attorneys in the early 1900s

    • B. 

      (Anson County) Party of attorneys spent the night there and froze to death


  • 6. 
    Handy
    • A. 

      (Pitt County) Handy Candy store site

    • B. 

      (Davidson County) New post office was considered handier than the old one


  • 7. 
    Pig Basket Creek
    • A. 

      (Nash County) Settler dropped a basket of newborn pigs into the stream

    • B. 

      (Craven County) Big Brisk Creek misheard


  • 8. 
    Shakerag
    • A. 

      (Randolph County) Former farm turned furniture mill

    • B. 

      (Lee County) Two men fought there until their clothes were in tatters


  • 9. 
    Whynot
    • A. 

      (Bertie County) Shortened from Whynikonot

    • B. 

      (Randolph County) Naming contest, "Why not name it Whynot?"


  • 10. 
      Virgilina
    • A. 

      (Granville County) Border town on the NC/VA border

    • B. 

      (New Hanover County) Site of a paper plant


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