Hwy 80 Series LbNA # 23172
|Placed Date||Jun 21 2006|
|Location||Loafer's Glory, NC|
|Last Update||Aug 5 2007|
Placed 6-21-06 by MountainScorpia, JeepsterHound, Annie, Mr. Carmichael, and Weiner
HWY 80 Series - 3 Boxes – Bring the camera!
1. OLD TOE BRIDGE – MISSING - SORRY! But to get the next two - drive up NC80 but don't cross the high bridge; veer off to the left and park. Follow the old road and cross the river.....keep walking to the right...follow the jeep trail....keep going.....
2. END OF THE LINE – watch out for trains – they can actually sneak up on you here (not joking - mountains do funny things to sound!) Train spike collector’s paradise!
Keep walking. You’ll know it when you see it. Yup, at the end of the line…
3. FRANKIE & JOHNNY (major photo opp)
Part of the Songcatcher Series
Keep driving north on 80. Very winding, very, very pretty. Watch for the silo on your left. Then ½ mile, when vista opens up, catch right turn into church drive – on curve, so go gently. PLEASE RESPECT THIS PLACE.
“Frankie and Johnny were lovers,
Oh Lordy how they could love!
Swore to be true to each other,
True as the stars above.
He was her man,
But he was doing her wrong.”
Frankie Silver was allegedly the first woman hanged in NC, for the murder of her husband, Charlie. Most people thought it was self-defense, but back then, she wasn’t allowed to testify on her own behalf. She chopped him up, and tried to burn him in the fireplace. His body parts are buried in three separate graves in this cemetery.
Walk left of the quiet residents and look under the marker midst the stump-rubble.
Oh, and yeah, historians say the song is a Mississippi Delta blues number, but we claim it, and we’re sticking to it, even if his name wasn’t Johnny….
If you feel like just driving around, going farther north from here is a visual treat. You can always ask somebody for directions.....