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down home Vol 7 -Issue 2 Jan/Feb 2015


m a g a z in e

keeping it down home - from the Sandhills to the Crystal Coast

Skin Care

Natural, Handmade Products

Ft. Fisher

Backroads Carolina

Pikeville’s Hotdog Stand

202 S. Goldsboro Street Pikeville NC Next to Pikeville Tire & Gas

Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm Saturday 11am - 2pm

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Coco’s Women’s Boutique

& Trendy Clothing Boutique for Women Coco’s Boutique is a trendy boutique offering clothing and accessories that reflect the latest style and fashion trends for woman of all shapes and sizes. If you are looking for that perfect outfit for a night out, business meeting, or even a casual lunch with friends, Coco’s Boutique has what your looking for! Our clothing is very select. We don’t order in mass quantities so when you order a piece, it is unique - Come by and see us!

1402 E Ash Street - Goldsboro NC 27530 - 919-731-2222 - info@cocodarlings.com

Parties - Showers - Event Planning - Candy Buffets - Dessert Bars - Playdates - Women’s Boutique

Boutique Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am. to 6pm. {Closed from 3 -4:30pm ea day} & Saturday 10am - 2pm


P5 - Letter from the Editor P6 - Local Business Love

Down Home Magazine is owned and operated by Cindi Pate, PO Box 901, Pikeville, NC 27863 - All inquiries can be made to this address as well as subscription requests. 1 year for $12 to cover postage. Subscriptions start the following issue.

P7 - Arts & Events P8 - Local Skin Care Products P14 - Old Country Store

All Community Info and Events for Down Home Magazine should be submitted to downhomemagazine@yahoo.com - All rights reserved.

P18 - Living Down Home P19 - Backroads Carolina P24 - a Word from Down Home

Down Home Magazine is not responsible for misprints unless under signed terms of agreement. The information included does not always reflect owners own personal beliefs or opinions.


The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertising or content that is not in keeping with the magazine’s standards.

Cindi Pate - Sr Editor/Publisher page layout & design

DHM is distributed where consumers are throughout the sandhills to the coastal areas- and can be found online at:

Jarred Pate - Sales



down home Vol 7 -Issue 2 Jan/Feb 2015


m a g a z in e

Cindi Pate

Pam Jones

keeping it down home - from the Sandhills to the Crystal Coast

On the Cover Lucky 3 Farm has a heart for their farm and their customers. So much so that they don’t waste any part of the animal - resulting in a fabulous line of skin care products

Jim Hinnant Skin Care

Natural, Handmade Products

Ft. Fisher

Backroads Carolina

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Editor s Note

This Christmas - I simplified the Christmas decor in our home and our gift spending and it turned out to be one of the most magical Christmas’ we’ve ever had! This word - simplify - has been on my mind and in my heart. Recently, I read a blog - http://www.graceuncommon.com/wordof-the-year-2/ - about choosing a word of the year rather than making a Resolution for the New Year. Is this why this word - simplify - keeps coming up? I think so! So, this year I am going to use this word in my home - in my personal life and in my faith. I’m going to clean out my closets and things in my life that fill it up with stuff that is not necessary. After all, the word simplify means to rid the unnecessary so the necessary can shine. No matter how cluttered life gets, one thing that stays simple time after time is living Down Home - and we’re gonna keep it that way.

Cindi Pate - Editor/Publisher

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Be Mine from Down Home Magazine

a Unique Boutique featuring Antiques, Vintage & Resale items as well as Handmade Creations from some fantastic local vendors at

Morgan’s on Main www.facebook.com/morgansonmain 121 E Main St - Benson, North Carolina (919) 701-1240

Carolina Chocolate Festival February 7 & 8


Crystal Coast Civit Center Morehead City, NC

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com

Sat., Jan. 17 - Sun., Jan. 18

Rumba on the Lumber

March 7, 2015

Downtown Plaza Lumberton, NC 28359 chili cook‑off, 5k race, 1 mile family fun, free kids area Rumba on the Lumber is a festival of food, movement, music and the arts. Attracts thousands. 600 runners stay for chili and shopping. Chili cook‑off 100 booths. Continuous country and beach entertainment

www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com 1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard Kure Beach NC 28449 Toll Free - (800) 650-8921 This year’s anniversary celebration is truly unique and will begin North Carolina’s official 2015 commemoration of the momentous events that brought the Civil War to an end 150 years ago. Some of the highlights for the weekend include a re-creation of the January 1865 Union attack on Fort Fisher with hundreds of Civil War living history actors, the unveiling of a new museum exhibit, an “above the scenes” tour and more.

23rd Emeral Isle St. Patrick’s Da Festival - sponsored by Transportation Impact

Saturday, March 15th from 9am-6pm at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission and parking are free for the festival. The festival features over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painters, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. As always, the festival will feature delicious foods such as corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, Mediterranean cuisine, BBQ, funnel cakes, fried peanuts, cotton candy and much, much more. Festival goers can also enjoy a beer garden.

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local- natural - handmade

Skin Care Products by Cindi Pate

Does the weather take a toll on your skin? The changing of the seasons takes a toll on our skin. But there’s no need to be alarmed as long as you are equipped with the right products. Two vastly different businesses that make their own skin care products are located right here in Eastern North Carolina - but, both very much the same in that they make their products with pride and sincerely care about their customers.

384 Greys Mill Rd Louisburg, NC 919-853-6304

Clinton, NC

cell: 919-795-2028 www.lucky3farm.com traci@lucky3farm.com

CountryGirlSoapCompany@gmail.com www.facebook.com/CountryGirlSoapCompany

Owned and Operated by Calvin, Traci & Rachel Nachtrab

Owned and Operated by Hannah Naylor

Lucky 3 Farm boldly believe every animal that is sacrificed for the nourishment of our minds and bodies should be honored. One way they do that is to use all of the animal, not letting anything go to waste. The results are these amazing, simple products with simple ingredients that are great for your skin. Rediscover how our ancestors moisturized and cared for their skin. When Lucky 3 Farm says “Simple ingredients”, they mean it. •from the farm lard or beef tallow •oils found in nature •essential oils from flowers or herbs •beeswax No articial colors or fragrances - No chemicals you can’t pronounce - No animal testing. Simple ingredients that are good for you - inside and out.

Why is animal tallow great for your skin? Our skin easily absorbs what we put on it, so a basic rule is to not put anything on your skin you wouldn’t put in your body (eat). Animals fats, such as pig lard and beef tallow, are most like our own skin. Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats. It is the saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity” necessary for proper function. Lard has long been used as an effective carrier of healing herbs (natural medicine). So Lucky 3 Farm has continued this ancient tradition with their salve, lip balms, and soaps.

Luck 3 Farm has a large selection of all-natural skin care products - we’ve only chosen a few of our favorites to share with you. To see their complete line, visit them at www.lucky3farm.com.

Lucky Balm This simple, nourishing all-over tallow balm is part of our Back to Basics Skincare line. This balm can be used as a: -Body moisturizer -Face balm -After shave balm -For very dry, cracked hands -After-sun soother

-Callus softener -Feet softener -Diaper ointment

our lard, along with other moisturizing oils, to make a rich soap that’s great for your skin.

Ingredients: 100% Grass Fed Tallow, Sweet Almond Oil, essential oils (jasmine, lavender, orange, rose and ylang yang.). Store in a cool dark place for up to 1 year.

You won’t miss your chemicalladen shampoo when you use Lucky Hair shampoo with its foamy lather that leaves your hair oh so clean.

Lucky Shave Say goodbye to razor burn and hello to close, comfortable shaves with our all-natural shave soap for men. This shave soap comes in a glass bowl ready for your shave brush. We combine our tallow and

Lucky Shampoo

We offer 2 type of shampoo bars: normal-oily & dandruff. Ingredients: lard, lye, jojoba oil, castor oil, essential oils (lemongrass, peppermint, lavender)

Lucky Belly This simple, nourishing belly tallow balm is part of our Back to Basics Skincare line. We slow-infuse our 100% grass fed beef tallow with dried lavender for 24 hours, giving this balm the wonderful smell and healing properties of the lavender. Then we add pure lavender essential oil with a bit of lemon essential oil for a lift. Lavender is known for being helpful in preventing stretch marks. Ingredients: 100% Grass Fed Tallow, Sweet Almond Oil, essential oils (lavender & lemon). Store in a cool dark place for up to 1 year.

Lucky Lips Lucky 3 Farm’s new line of lip balms soothe and heal your chapped or sore lips. Made with 3 simple ingredients: our own lard from our pastured, organically fed pigs and beeswax and essen-

tial oil. All ingredients are all natural - no synthetics, chemicals, artificial flavors/scents, or petroleum products. Fats from animals raised on pasture are incredibly healthy for our skin, in fact it is the saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity” for proper function. Long lasting and great smelling! And it works great!

Lucky Soap This old fashioned lard soap is part of our Back to Basics Skincare line. It’s made with the lard from our pastured, organically fed pigs. This soap is great to use as a body soap or in homemade cleaning products. If used as a body soap, it will leave you squeaky clean, but soft and

moisturized. This soap is known for it’s ability to cut through grease in homemade cleaning products, such as dish soap or cleaning spray. We have 5 scents to choose from: Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Farm Fresh Floral, Farm Fresh Pine. Ingredients: lard, lye, essential oil (Orange: sweet orange; Lemon: lemon; Lavender: lavender; Farm Fresh Floral: lavender, orange, lemongrass; Farm Fresh Pine: pine, cedarwood) Give this Back to Basics soap a try - you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Country Girl Soap Company is a small home based business in Sampson County, North Carolina and is owned and operated by Hannah Naylor. Country Girl Soap Company offers natural handmade soaps, lotions, lip balms, body butter, bath bombs, scrubs, and so much more! Here are a couple of our favorites to help you help your skin this Winter.

Butter Me Up This body butter is a moisturizing product designed to keep moisture in your skin by providing a protective barrier. It includes Shea Butter and also includes other natural ingredients containing vitamins and minerals to help keep your skin healthy.

Jolly Rancher Lip Balm You can never have too much lip balm. And this balm not only smells great, but is made of lipids, oils and beeswax which is great for moisturizing and relieving chapped or dry lips.

The Old Country Store written and photographed by Cindi Pate

There’s not many of these old country stores left in rural Eastern North Carolina. Slowly, the doors are being closed to {I dare to even say it} digital gas pumps and corn dogs in the warmer. But in a few Eastern North Carolina communities, the Old Country Store is still alive. Not much to look at from the outside, but full of life on the inside. Phyllis Candler remembers walking, riding her bike - even driving the tractor down to Mr. Alton’s store when she was younger. Mr. Alton - Uncle Fudd as many called him - was always ready to get up and help. The store has been owned by several folks over the years, but somehow it always wound back up in Mr. Alton’s hands. Since Mr. Alton’s passing, his son, R.B. Crawford has unlocked the doors each day for the locals to come in and “have a sit with him”. And, they all come faithfully - for things as important as a benefit dinner to just finding out the latest news around town. Men - young and old gather there to

catch a few minutes of rest, tell their tall tales and fill their bellies with a drink and a nab (or a moonpie). Over the years, many a men tell their stories of eating a belly full of chitlins, possum stew or bar-b-cue raccoon. They remember going to the store with their grandpa - buying candy and cola. These memories are still being made for future generations to hear. My husband, J.R. Pate, sneaks in every once in a while and takes our two youngest boys. They each - husband included - get a drink and a snack {those boys of mine can’t just have a nab and a drink, they want a nab, a moon pie and an icecream} and they love it when R.B turns The Price is Right on the television as they scoot up close to the wood burning heater to keep warm. R.B. Crawford’s store {Alton’s Store} is located in the Pikeville/Nahunta area of Wayne County on Pikeville Princeton Road. If you are in the area - stop in and grab a part of history.

I can remember going to this store for a soda and nabs many times as a girl. Annette La Vie

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Blogger - Couponer Crafter - Product Tester rmmmgvera@bellsouth.net


{Left to Right} - R.B. Crawford, Timmy Ferrell and Wayne Sasser are enjoying the warmth from the wood burning stove.

Living Down Home

The McDonald’s sign makes me happy! I enjoy living in our small town. I can run into one of my best friends at the local supermarket or a classmate I haven’t seen since high school! It is pretty simple living but it suits me fine. Pam Smith Jones Living Down Home in Beaulaville, NC

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Backroads Carolina: Ft. Fisher written Jim Hinnant


hildhood memories sometimes are vivid for special places. We lived at Carolina Beach in the early 60’s as my dad was the pastor of the Carolina Beach Community Church. I can remember going with my dad down past Kure Beach to Fort Fisher. We’d sometimes see “the hermit” (Robert Harrill), but most of the time we’d stop to see the remains of the old Civil War fort. There wasn’t much there then except for the mounds of sand, but if you go now, it’s a place full of history about the significance of Fort Fisher and the port of Wilmington. About this time 150 years ago, Wilmington was the only portcity open for the Confederacy. It was still open partly due to the double inlets of the Cape Fear River. The traditional entrance by Smith Island was defended by fortifications on both sides, but the new entrance, created by a hurricane some years earlier making Smith Island, was farther upstream near what is known as Federal Point. In 1861, Confederate forces built an earthen fort that had defenses

on the north wall and on the seaward side. Traditional brickand-mortar forts were not able to withstand the new advances in firepower like the rifled cannons, so a sand fort was built that would absorb the energy of the projectile and possible explosion with minimal damage. Of course, another reason could be that there was a lot of sand in the area. Inbound Blockade Runners, bringing supplies into the port at Wilmington, took advantage of the ability to change course at the last moment and avoid the Union Blockade. Union ships would have been required to circumnavigate Frying Pan Shoals that extended out from Smith Island in order to attempt to stop the fast-moving ships. From Wilmington, rail lines of the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad extended northward through Goldsborough to join with lines to bring supplies to the armies in Virginia and northward. The first significant attempt by the Union to take Fort Fisher was December 1864. Union Major General Benjamin Butler with about 1,000 men attempted an amphibious assault to

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ordered additional troops into the area under the command of Major General Robert Hoke. They were able to repel the Union attack, and Butler withdrew his men off the beach. Fort Fisher remained in the hands of the Confederacy, and Butler, a political appointee who had performed poorly at Petersburg some months before, was relieved of command. The second attempt was in mid-January 1865. Fifty-six Union ships, still under the command of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter, pounded the fort for two and a half days. Union infantry, now under the command of Major General Alfred Terry, landed north of the fort and entered through the northwest corner, next to the river near Shepherd’s Battery. This forced Confederate troops to fight within their own fort. The battle lasted into the night with the Union eventually taking the fort and shutting down the port at Wilmington.

The loss of Fort Fisher closed the Confederacy’s last remaining sea port and ended their global trade. Its loss probably ended any chance for European recognition thus sealing the fate of the Confederacy. Today, there is a visitor’s center and museum on the site where only ten percent of Fort Fisher still stands along with a restored palisade fence -when I was a kid, we could climb on them. The seaward side of the fort has succumbed to the ocean, and the approximate southern point of the seaward side now is residence of the North Carolina Aquarium. Still, there is much to see and do in the area and realize the importance this location had in our nation’s history. Since Fort Fisher Historic Site is near the end of US 421, it’s not really on a back road, but it’s still a great place to visit that close by. You may want to do as I did and take US-117 which can now be considered a backroad in Carolina.

Fort Fisher From a drawing by Frank Vizetelly Illustrated London News

The vantage point in this view is from the beach outside the fort, facing south. The Northeast Bastion on the right, with the Mound Battery visible in the distance. Garrison life on Federal Point — dubbed “Confederate Point” by its new inhabitants — was dull, sandy, and uncomfortable.

a Word from Down Home

pallet A compilation of sheets or blankets placed on the floor for seleeping on. Mainly used in the southern states.

Anytime we’d go to grandma’s house, she would make us a pallet on the floor for us to sleep on. It was always an adventure and those days are remembered with delight and wonder. I am sure that many of you have these same kind of memories. But, historically, what is a “sleeping” pallet? The sleeping pallet refers to a thin mattress of blankets or bed of hay, grass or straw that was covered with a linen or cloth. The sleeping pallet was placed on the floor, not on a structure or frame. This uncomfortable sleeping arrangement was meant for servants or those

of a lower economic station. The servant put their sleeping pallet to the side or foot of their master’s bed so they could attend to any needs during the night. The sleeping pallet was commonly used in Medieval Europe. During the Colonial Era up until the Civil War in America, slaves were often provided no more than a sleeping pallet in their quarters. Today, most of us sleep on mattresses, whether inner spring, foam or futon style. If you have ever visited a historical site such as Williamsburg in Virginia, try to imagine how life must have been if you were a slave or poor and only had

a straw mattress and thin blanket to sleep on after a hard day of manual labor. Today, the term refers to a platform, manufactured from wood, plastic, metal or paper, used to transport goods from one place to another with the use of a pallet jack or forklift. This device provides a stable flat surface for stacking any item that needs to be moved. But many of us in the south still use a sleeping pallet for overnight guests.

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