Meet the Family…
|Barry spent 33 years in the aerospace business, mostly at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he retired as a Chief Information Officer. He has made wine since 1969 and knew he could make some really great wines here in North Carolina. In 2001, he planted their first four acres of grapes, with ten more the following year. Misty Creek is in their twelfth year. He has several things about which he is very proud. He has been married for over 40 years to a great woman. He has a wonderful family consisting of his wife and mom here on the estate; a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Atlanta, Georgia; and a daughter in Key Largo, Florida. Additionally, his faith in God is strong.|
|Kathy has taught for 37 years, with master’s degrees in K-12, early childhood, supervision and administration, and specific learning disabilities. She leaves for school before 7 am and rarely gets home before 7 pm. She brings work home and takes it to the tasting room so she can help out with tastings, work with customers’ needs, and get some school work done too. Her family helped start the Indian River Citrus industry on Merritt Island, Florida. just after the Civil War; so it seems growing things on the land is in her blood. Her family was also the last keepers of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.|
|At 98 years of age, Marge is amazing! She maintains the vineyard floor spraying program to keep it free of weeds, takes painting commissions, and crafts some of the most exquisite ceramics in her own studio amid her kiln and molds. She has her private pilot’s license and has lived in Europe and Japan. On her 83 birthday she rode in a dragster at 150+ mph in 7 seconds and on her 87th birthday she went for a glider ride. She runs full speed at 100 miles and hour with her hair on fire and is an inspiration to meet.|
|Meet Hooch, our official winery greeter. He is a German Rottweiler, about 10 years old, and tips the scales at 163 pounds. Affectionately known as “Rotties”, his breed is easily 2000 years old. In fact, the Roman legions used Rotties to pull their carts when they were invading Great Britain in the early second century. He is one of our five rescue dogs, and is a big sweetie. He’s great with children and other dogs, too. He makes an indelible impression: return customers walk in the front door and immediately ask “Where’s the big guy? Where’s Hooch?”|
Historic Places of Interest
- Places of interest in the Huntsville area are the Big Poplar Tree, site of a skirmish between Tories and Patriots on October 14, 1780. Remnants of the old Mulberry Fields Road can be seen near the huge tree. One Patriot, Captain Henry Francis is buried there. Recently, descendants of Captain Francis placed a new and corrected tombstone at his grave. Since that time, the nearby creek has been called Battle Branch.
- On the north side of the Mulberry Fields Road 14 Tories are believed to have been buried. In the spring of 1781, British General Lord Cornwallis traveled this same road in his pursuit of America General Nathanael Greene. Greene had crossed at the Trading Ford, but because of spring rains, Cornwallis had to move up the west bank of the Yadkin River to cross at the Shallow Ford. Fortunately, this gave Greene time to reach Virginia and raise more troops.
- Cornwallis and his British troops passed by the Big Poplar Tree. Local tradition holds that Cornwallis either shot the top of the tree or, or that the tree was small, and his horse nibble out the topmost branches. A more likely story is that the tree (over 250 years old) was struck by lightening.
- Always ask permission before entering because these sites are on private land.
- Thomas Ferrabee’s grave site is close by on Pino Road (Ferrabee dropped the atomic bomb and is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of American lives by shortening WW II.)
- Huntsville missed the vote as state capital by one vote, but there are no historic structures; the slave market is long torn down and Kelly’s Tavern is ready to fall in on itself. The owner of the slave block was named Holden and his 1850’s style house, on the Daniel Boone trail, is by the popcorn factory. It’s now Holden’s Day Lilies.
- Daniel Boone’s first cabin is about two miles from here at the headwaters of Sugar Creek, but there is nothing to see and it’s on private property.
- The old Hunt House is visible from Farmington Road (Hunt’s daughter had a child by one of his slaves, Hunt killed the slave in his basement and so the house is “haunted” by the slave’s ghost.)
- Misty Creek has found 50 cal. balls from the civil war and some Indian artifacts on their property.
- There is a gold mine about a mile from Misty Creek, and a confederate silver mine on the west bank of the Yadkin River south of the shallow ford crossing.
- The Union armies under General George Stoneman pounded this area passing through in 1865, sacked Huntsville and looted and burned Bethania.
- General Burgoyne passed here during the American Revolution and the spot where he crossed the Little Pee Dee River is marked on the 17th hole at Pudding Ridge Golf Course.