North Carolina-Bladen County-January 30

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 30

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

In North Carolina you can try to talk about your home county being unique and being able to stand out in the crowd. The fact for the majority of counties in North Carolina is their history is tied to Bladen County. Of the state’s 100 counties 55 at one time were part of Bladen County.


Bladen County is home to many Carolina Bays. Carolina Bays are oval-shaped depressions that can be hundreds of feet or miles wide and between 15 to 50 feet deep.


Bladen County has more of these bays than any other county in the state. Scientists dispute the reason for these Carolina Bays but many hold to the belief that meteorite showers caused these indentations.

Fashioned from New Hanover County in 1734, Bladen County was named after Martin Bladen, Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantation. Elizabethtown, the county seat, was formed in 1773. From 1734 pieces of Bladen County were eventually carved out to create other counties. When it was all said and done 55 of the state counties came from the “Mother County”.

One Bladen County native distinguished himself by going into space. Curtis Brown an astronaut from Elizabethtown, North Carolina, led the 1999 Space Shuttle Discovery mission that took the legendary John Glenn back into space.



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