Calhoun Falls State Park

Bonjour, mes amis,

We have traveled to northwest North Carolina to a beautiful state park called Calhoun Falls.  It is nestled along the shoreline of the Savannah River as it divides North Carolina and Georgia.

The river is dammed up by the Richard B. Russell dam, forming a massive lake.

With its proximity to Atlanta, Augusta and Columbia, this is a perfect destination for peaceful camping, beautiful lakes and mountains, fishing and exploring.

Campsites were large, clean, well laid out and first rate.  Ours was multi-level with the camper on a cement driveway, and you cannot get any closer to the lake or you would be wet.

While madame enjoyed her morning coffee, she was surrounded by visitors.

Not only did they swim to shore, but also climbed the bank and came right up to our chairs.

We looked across the lake and were blessed with sunsets and wonderful skies.

Calhoun Falls, NC, was a textile mill town; once three plants employed hundreds of workers.

Alas, the mills were shipped overseas by their greedy owners and the town lost its identify and has all but faded away.  Our humble servant, Him, needed to do the laundry, so we all went into town.  We spoke with a charming woman at the Chamber of Commerce and she spoke highly of the citizens who stay and their efforts to rebuild their town.  She aggressively urged us to purchase a downtown building and bring business back to Calhoun Falls.  We are not in the market to move THPaTWP global operations from our present location.

We all agreed, this former bank building would make a very handsome small business office.

Our Princess did make a nice find in the antique/junk shop in town.  It was a wardrobe with a mirrored door, an upper compartment and four drawers. She plans to refinish it and put it to use in her Global Headquarters.

We went to the next town from Calhoun Falls to Abbeville, NC.  Abbeville is a delightful old southern town filled with gorgeous 18th and 19th century architecture.  We were particularly intrigued with the Burt-Stark Mansion.

The beautiful antebellum architecture and grounds make this a ‘must see’ destination.  The mansion is also steeped in southern history.  This from Wikipedia:

Abbeville has the unique distinction of being both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy. On November 22, 1860, a meeting was held at Abbeville, at a site since dubbed “Secession Hill”, to launch South Carolina’s secession from the Union; one month later, the state of South Carolina became the first state to secede.

At the end of the Civil War, with the Confederacy in shambles, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, and headed south, stopping for a night in Abbeville at the home of his friend Armistead Burt. It was on May 2, 1865, in the front parlor of what is now known as the Burt-Stark Mansion that Jefferson Davis officially acknowledged the dissolution of the Confederate government, in the last official cabinet meeting.

During one of our outings, we found the dam that has created this beautiful lake.

The long and seemingly low structure houses the hydroelectric power plant that supplies the surrounding area with power.

This is the front structure of the ‘long, low building’.  The power building and dam tower over us mere mortals.

This is the view from the top of the dam.  This river flows all the way to Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean.

Alors, mesdames et messieurs, we leave Calhoun Falls and head to Cherokee, NC and Indian Creek Campground.  We look forward to you joining us there.

Au revoir and Aloha

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