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lakelife Vol. 2 2022

Lake Gaston

NANCY MOOREFIELD: Capturing the beauty of Lake Gaston

BRAGGING ROOSTER: Bringing quality craft beverages to the region

MEDOC MOUNTAIN: State park offers adventures for any age


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inside Lakelife Lake Gaston | Vol. 2 | 2022

4 Nancy Moorefield: Capturing the beauty of Lake Gaston up close 18 Bragging Rooster Beer & Mead brings quality craft beverages to Lake Gaston region 31 Lake Life photo by Renee Felts 33 Remains of ancient mountain exist at Medoc Mountain State Park 52 Summer Adventure by Heather Abbott

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any people move to Lake Gaston for a slowerpaced lifestyle. Its rural setting offers peace and quiet for those who seek it, but also watersports, clubs and other activities for residents interested in maintaining an active lifestyle. Nancy Moorefield relocated with her husband, Bodie, to Lake Gaston’s Tanglewood Shores subdivision in Bracey, Va., nine years ago from Cumberland County, Va. After retiring t year n t e field o dentistry, Nancy has found joy in sharing the area’s natural beauty as she sees it through the lens of her Canon Powershot SC70. Regular readers of LakeLife magazine will recognize Nancy’s photos, which have appeared in every issue for years, as well as the Lake Gaston GazetteObserver newspaper. Her favorite subjects are those in nature, especially birds, o er and t e oon, all taken from her backyard or somewhere in Tanglewood Shores. Bodie gave Nancy her fir t ca era a Canon o er ot C a a retirement gift. t a t e fir t t e ad ever taken a picture except with my cell phone,” Nancy said. LAKELIFE 2022

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She wore that camera out. And a second one. Nancy said that her former boss, friend and birdwatcher, Dr. Timothy Marshall, a dentist in ar lle, a , e ted t at M Nancy t e atr arc o o fice et a ca era e a o fice ana er, and t ey t ll ee n touch. He recently ID’d a bird for her that is rarely seen in this part of the country, yet she captured a photo of it feeding in her backyard. Retirement didn’t come easy for her, Nancy said. She was used to staying busy and thought e o ld find e loy ent a ter e and od e downsized from a 40-acre farm in Cumberland County, Va., to their modest Lake Gaston home. There were no dental jobs nearby, so she commuted to Farmville, Va., for a number of years and did contract work for the Coast Guard in Yorktown, Va., for a few years before her “real retire8

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ment” took hold. Now, with her 75th birthday coming this year, Nancy has traded the busyness of running dental o fice or t e eren ty o rd atc n , otographing nature from her sunporch, and what she describes as therapeutic tending of the co ntle erenn al o er n ne , e , and other plants in her shaded front and back yards. “I’ve always had a green thumb,” Nancy said. That’s a good thing, since she described her yard a not n en t e Moorefield o ed to the lake. A pergola that Bodie built is a central feature in the backyard, complete with a swing, fan and l t n , o er n ne , and a co ered to to keep out the rain. There’s also a special place for a memorial garden for Nancy’s daughter, Melissa Spillman,


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Nancy Moorefield, a resident of Tanglewood Shores, en oys sitting under the pergola her husband, Bodie, built for her. An avid gardener, Nancy takes photographs of birds and flowers in her ackyard, as well as other areas of ake aston.

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o ad cy t c fi ro and a ed a ay not long before her 18th birthday. Nancy’s creative side shows throughout her yard, especially the back, which include metal sculptures, whirligigs, whimsical glass garden art o e c e ade and n e birdhouses and bird baths. Many of the pieces, she said, were Mother’s Day gifts from her son, T. W. Spillman, Jr. The backyard also includes an old red telephone booth that Bodie added, which can be seen from the golf course. Though Bodie hasn’t yet retired, he helps Nancy with landscaping projects and has a small raised bed for growing what Nancy calls his obsession: hot peppers. “My husband has worked very hard in this yard,” Nancy said. “It’s nothing for me to plant Nancy Moorefield created the memorial garden for her a tree somewhere, and two years later I’ll say, daughter, Melissa Spillman, who passed away from cystic ‘This tree’s not working here,’ and he’ll dig it up fi rosis shortly efore her th irthday. LAKELIFE 2022

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and move it for me.” e Moorefield are do ood lo er , Nancy said. They also have plenty of bushes planted because birds can hide there. Hydrangeas are also a favorite. For people who don’t know what to do with their yards, Nancy suggests they start small, pay attention to how much (or little) sun they get, as well as what type of soil they have. “I only plant perennials. Maybe start with hostas and build out, depending on your space and sun,” she said. “What might do well for one, may not work for someone else.” She keeps starter plants in pots on the side of her house, and she enjoys sharing with others. “I love giving plants away,” Nancy said. A beautiful garden requires constant care, e added, t Nancy find t rela n 14

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The best advice she has for landscape novices: Start small and don’t overdo. Over the past month, Nancy said she has ca t red any oto ra o o er n her backyard from the wicker rocking chair in her sunroom. It’s a comfortable nature lover’s perch, where she can also appreciate wildlife, and freeze time in single images, through the viewscreen of her digital camera. Just focus and click. For people who want to try their hand at photography, Nancy suggests starting simple. “Buy a camera that’s not expensive with auto-zoom and see how you adjust to it,” she said. And for avid bird watchers, she suggests a camera like the one she uses, rather than binoculars, as it allows her to zoom in and


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out, watching nearby birds in her yard, as well as those across the seventh tee-off on the Tanglewood golf course. Whether it’s gardening or taking pictures, Nancy said she doesn’t follow the rules. “They tell you all this stuff,” she said. Her best advice is to just relax. Nancy said she’s not a photographer, yet people say she has an eye for it. And she keeps taking pictures. Some of her favorites are printed on canvas an n n de er o e, and one t e only one e a e er old an n e nd t e

hostess stand at WatersView Restaurant on Eaton Ferry Road in Littleton. “If you start to sell pictures, (people) want to critique them. I’m in my 70s, and I don’t want to be critiqued,” Nancy said. “It would take the joy out of it.” She has more than 11,000 pictures in cloud tora e, and e can t find a n le one e wants to delete. “As we get older, we like to leave behind something,” she said. Photographs will surely be a part of Nancy Moorefield le acy

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Bragging Rooster Beer and Mead

brings quality craft beverages to Lake Gaston region By JENNIFER HARRIS

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fter a soft opening in May that drew more than 300 people, the Bragging Rooster Beer and Mead, in downtown Warrenton, N.C., is gaining a reputation as a community gathering spot where people can come together in a welcoming atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment seven days a week. Dogs are also welcome! “Our goal is to create great tasting, quality craft beverages brewed from local ingredients, when available,” said head brewer and mead maker RJ “Fixer” Cassle. The Bragging Rooster will create beer, hard cider, and mead under one roof

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“Our goal is to create great tasting, quality craft e erages rewed from local ingredients, when a aila le, said head rewer and mead maker i er Cassle.


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Cassle said that beers and hard ciders o ld e na ed or n ficant eo le, tor cal events, and landmarks with ties to Warren County, and meads would be named after Nordic traditions, folklore, mythology, and people. In order to remain current, the Bragging Rooster will be responsive to the changing tastes of consumers by actively encouraging community participation. The Bragging Rooster has a massive beverage selection (link to their menu on Uptappd), with 27 taps, wine and mead slushies, growlers to go, and a cooler full of sodas and non-alcohol

beverages. In the near future, patrons will be able to purchase crowlers and bottled mead, and a little further down the road, there will be craft non-alcohol sodas. A monthly feature beverage will be designated t a ercenta e en to a non rofit oran at on n t e ra n oo ter fir t t o weeks, it raised $100 for the Franklin County Beekeepers. Popcorn is available at the bar, and there’s plenty of space to bring in a picnic from home or food from a local restaurant. In the future, there will be additional snack options.

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NTS Tasting room and meadery tours are in the works. Also, there will be future private party bundle options, including a consultation with the head brewer so patrons can create their own custom beer or mead. Food trucks are welcome. Call or email the Bragging Rooster to get on the schedule. TT The Bragging Rooster is a representation of a time when the earth was revered and those who made mead, made it with ingredients they harvested. In the early Middle Ages, the age of the Nordic people, if you didn’t grow it or gather it, you didn’t have it. The Tree: Norse mythology consists o N ne orld t at an a central acred tree, Yggdrasil, also commonly referred to as the Tree of Life, or the World Tree. The position of the tree in the center of the logo serves as a source of luck and protection. The branches extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations. e oo ter nr a olden rooster that inhabits the crown of the tree, guarding the gates to the lands. Bragging Rooster Beer and Mead is at 120 S. Main St., Warrenton. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Additional hours and private parties are available upon request. For more information, or to join the team as a part-time bartender, call 252879-0173 or email braggingrooster@ gmail.com. Follow Bragging Rooster on Facebook and Instagram. Website coming soon at braggingrooster.com. Sign up for emails. 2

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B-3 Alma Lynch....................................................... 1 B-2 Americamps ..................................................... 2 B-2 Anchorage........................................................ 3 B-2 Ancor Cove ...................................................... 4 B-6 Arcadia............................................................. 5 A-1 Baird-Martin ..................................................... 6 B-5 Bairds Point...................................................... 7 A-3 Barker .............................................................. 8 B-6 Beaver Creek ................................................... 9 B-4 Beach Ridge .................................................. 10 B-3 Beechwood .................................................... 11 A-1 Beechwood Estates ....................................... 12 C-6 Bluebird Point .................................................. 3 B-5 Blue Heron Park............................................. 14 A-2 Boyds Mill....................................................... 15 A-6 Bradley Acres................................................. 16 A-2 Brandon Grove............................................... 17 A-4 Braswell ......................................................... 18 A-1 Breezy Acres.................................................. 19 B-6 Bridgewater Cove .......................................... 20 B-6 Buccaneer Point............................................. 22 A-2 Buckhead....................................................... 23

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C-3 Buck Springs.................................................. 24 B-4 Buggs Point.................................................... 25 B-3 Burwell Acres ................................................. 26 C-4 Canaan Shores.............................................. 27 A-1 Cannons Ferry ............................................... 28 B-5 Carolina Pines................................................ 29 B-5 Cedar Hill ....................................................... 30 B-5 Cedar Point.................................................... 31 A-6 Cedar Ridge................................................... 32 B-6 Cedar Ridge................................................... 33 A-2 Champion Forest ........................................... 34 B-5 Chamelon Heights ......................................... 35 B-6 Chestnut Hills ............................................... 36 B-6 Clear Water.................................................... 37 A-1 Cliffs on the Roanoke..................................... 38 A-5 Clyde’s Retreat .............................................. 39 A-1 Cold Spring Shores........................................ 40 A-3 Colonial Estates ............................................. 41 A-6 Colony Club ................................................... 42 C-4 Cornerstone ................................................... 43 A-5 Country Clue Shores...................................... 44 B-6 Cover Manor .................................................. 45

B-3 Coventry......................................................... 46 B-5 Creekside Shore ............................................ 47 B-6 Crescent Beach ............................................. 48 B-6 Cross Creek ................................................... 49 B-6 Cross Cut ....................................................... 50 C-4 Deacon’s Point............................................... 51 C-4 Deercreek ...................................................... 52 B-6 Deer Haven.................................................... 53 A-6 Delbridge Estates........................................... 54 B-6 Dividing Line .................................................. 55 B-5 Dogwood Branch ........................................... 56 B-4 Dorothy Ellis Estates...................................... 57 B-5 Dove Manor .................................................. 58 B-4 Eagle’s Cove.................................................. 59 B-5 Eagle Point..................................................... 60 C-6 Eastern Shores .............................................. 61 B-4 East Fork Plantation....................................... 62 B-4 Eaton’s Ferry Estates..................................... 63 B-6 Edwards Beach.............................................. 64 B-4 Elams Place ................................................... 65 C-5 Ellis Development .......................................... 66 A-6 Ellis Estates ................................................... 67

A-3 Eugene Clary ................................................. 68 B-5 Evergreen ...................................................... 69 B-6 Faulcon Dev................................................... 70 B-5 Ferncliff .......................................................... 71 B-4 Fernwood Estates .......................................... 72 C-5 Forest Cove ................................................... 73 B-6 Four Season .................................................. 74 B-6 Fox Hollow ..................................................... 75 B-6 Fox Point........................................................ 76 B-2 Fox Run ......................................................... 77 A-1 Friendly Acres ................................................ 78 B-3 Gaston Heights .............................................. 79 A-1 Granite Hall .................................................... 80 B-2 Great Creek Landing...................................... 81 B-6 Green Park..................................................... 82 B-2 Grover C. Baird Estates ................................. 83 A-4 Hammack....................................................... 84 B-4 Happy Valley .................................................. 85 B-3 Harbor Landing .............................................. 86 B-5 Harrison ........................................................ 87 A-1 Hawks Nest Point........................................... 88 B-5 Heather Glen ................................................. 89

B-6 Heritage Pointe .............................................. 90 A-1 Hicks Hill ........................................................ 91 A-6 Hidden Acres.................................................. 92 B-3 Hillcrest Point ................................................. 93 A-1 Hinton Mills .................................................... 94 B-2 Holly Grove Estates ....................................... 95 A-6 Holly Hill Shores............................................. 96 B-3 Holly Trail ...................................................... 97 C-5 Hoot Owl Run ................................................ 98 B-4 Hunter’s Creek............................................... 99 B-5 Indian Run.................................................... 100 B-4 Jack’s Landing ............................................. 101 A-1 Johnson ....................................................... 102 B-2 Joyceville ..................................................... 103 B-6 King Soloman’s Cove................................... 104 B-6 King’s Estates .............................................. 105 C-3 Lake Gaston Estates ................................... 106 A-6 Lake Gaston Estates.................................... 107 B-5 Lake Shores-N ............................................. 108 B-6 Lake Shores-S ............................................. 109 B-4 Lakeside....................................................... 110 B-3 Lakeview.......................................................111

B-5 Lakeview Estates (old).......... B-2 Lakewoods............................ B-4 Laura Woods......................... B-3 Lazy Point ............................. C-6 Lee’s Point ............................ B-5 Little Emporia ........................ B-2 Little Ponderosa.................... A-5 Lizard Creek.......................... B-2 Long Branch Shores ............. B-6 Lookout Point........................ A-6 Lost Cove.............................. A-1 Lucy M. Shaw ....................... B-3 Lyons Creek East.................. B-3 Lyons Creek Estates............. B-6 Mallard Bay ........................... C-5 Mallard Point......................... B-4 Maple Point........................... A-1 Maratuck ............................... B-3 Mariners Cove....................... A-1 Martindale ............................. B-2 Matthews Manorwoods ......... A-1 Merrymount...........................


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B-4 Mill Creek Landing ....................................... 134 C-6 Mistipines..................................................... 135 B-3 Moratuck Manor ........................................... 136 B-2 Morristown ................................................... 137 B-2 Moseley........................................................ 138 B-6 Myrick Estates.............................................. 139 B-2 Nocarva........................................................ 140 B-6 Nollwoods ................................................... 141 B-6 Northampton Heights ................................... 142 B-5 Northern Cove.............................................. 143 B-5 Northern Point.............................................. 144 B-4 North Shore Acres (1) .................................. 145 B-4 North Shore Acres (2) .................................. 146 B-5 Oak Grove.................................................... 147 B-4 Oak Ridge.................................................... 148 B-3 Old Bridge Point........................................... 149 B-3 Olde Ferry Estates ....................................... 150 B-5 Osprey Point ................................................ 151 A-6 Paradise Point.............................................. 152 B-3 Pasture Gate................................................ 153 A-6 Pea Hill Estates............................................ 154 A-6 Pea Hill Shores ............................................ 155

B-4 Pigeon Path ................................................. 156 B-4 Pigeon Roost .............................................. 157 B-3 Pine Bluff...................................................... 158 B-5 Pine Ridge Shores ....................................... 159 B-6 Pine View ..................................................... 160 B-6 Pinewood Acres ........................................... 161 B-5 Piney Point................................................... 162 A-3 Piney Point................................................... 163 A-3 Poplar Creek Estates ................................... 164 A-1 Portside........................................................ 165 B-6 Powell’s Mill Point ........................................ 166 A-6 Poythress Estates ........................................ 167 B-5 Quail Ridge .................................................. 168 B-5 Red Bug....................................................... 169 B-3 River Bend ................................................... 170 B-4 River Forest ................................................. 171 A-1 River Ridge .................................................. 172 B-5 Riverview ..................................................... 173 B-6 Roanoke Shores .......................................... 174 B-4 Roanoke Reserve ........................................ 235 B-3 Robinson Ferry Estates ............................... 175 B-5 Rochelle Cove.............................................. 176

A-6 Rock Island Cove......................................... 177 B-4 Ross ............................................................ 178 C-4 Salmons Point.............................................. 179 B-5 Sandy Shores .............................................. 180 B-5 Sandy Trace................................................. 181 C-4 Settlers Cove ............................................... 182 B-4 Shadowbrook Shores................................... 183 A-3 Slouan Shores ............................................. 184 B-2 Six on Sixpound........................................... 185 B-4 Songbird View.............................................. 186 A-6 Southside Shores......................................... 187 B-6 Speckle Cove............................................... 188 B-4 Spinnaker Point............................................ 189 B-6 Spring Garden Estates................................. 190 B-5 Springwood.................................................. 191 B-5 Stanleystone Estates ................................... 192 B-5 Starboard Point............................................ 193 B-4 Sillwater ....................................................... 194 C-4 Stonehouse Acres........................................ 195 A-2 St. Tammy Landing ...................................... 196 B-2 Summer Place ............................................. 197 B-5 Summerwood............................................... 198

B-5 Sunny Acres................................................. 199 B-5 Sunset Point................................................. 200 C-5 Tangle Oakes............................................... 201 A-2 Tanglewood Shores ..................................... 202 C-5 Thomfield Medlin ......................................... 203 B-2 Thornton Place............................................. 204 B-5 Timber Creek ............................................... 205 B-6 Timberline Shores........................................ 206 B-2 Timbuctu ...................................................... 207 C-5 Triton Point................................................... 208 A-2 Tudor Estates............................................... 209 B-3 Turkey Run .................................................. 210 B-5 Turtle Point................................................... 211 B-4 Twin Oak Shores.......................................... 212 B-5 Two Creeks .................................................. 213 B-5 Walker Hill.................................................... 214 B-3 Warren Co. Acres......................................... 215 B-6 Waterford ..................................................... 216 B-6 Watermans Point.......................................... 217 B-6 Webbs Gate ................................................. 218 B-3 West Winds.................................................. 219 B-6 Whippoorwill Hills......................................... 220

B-4 Whispering Pines ......................................... 221 B-4 Whitby Cove................................................. 222 C-4 Whit-Locke Point.......................................... 223 B-5 Wildwood Point ............................................ 224 B-6 Wilkins Court................................................ 225 B-2 Will’s Landing............................................... 226 B-4 Wilsor Oak ................................................... 227 B-4 Wilsor Pines ................................................. 228 B-6 Windy Pointe................................................ 229 B-6 Windward Shores......................................... 230 B-3 Woodhaven.................................................. 231 B-6 Woodlake Point............................................ 232 B-6 Woodlanndhurt............................................. 233 B-4 Woodland Shores ........................................ 234

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the world with estates that produce some of the world’s most expensive bottles. It is this region in France that inspired Weller to name the land he cultivated in the area where Warren and Halifax counties meet “Medoc,” which is pronounced today as “Me-doc.” The wine he developed here, Weller’s Halifax, was well received and highly praised. Park information indicates that Weller is credited for developing the American system of grape culture and winemaking, operating an academy for area children and assisting in t e de elo ent o t e fir t Nort Carol na state fair in 1853. Weller died in 1854. The land was cultivated for other crops, and a grist mill stood nearby. The 20th century brought a Boy Scout camp

on the mountain’s summit. The forest on the summit was later cut for timber. In addition to its role in agriculture and the timber industry, the area has been treasured by area residents for its hunting, horseback riding and hiking opportunities. e area o fic ally eca e Medoc Mo nta n State Park in 1972 and observed the 50th anniversary of this designation year. Visitors to Medoc Mountain State Park can find re nder o t e area a r c lt ral tory in some of the buildings which remain on the park grounds and in artifacts on display at the Visitors Center. The Center is also the home of a corn snake named Charlie. “He’s the best ambassador for snakedom,” King said. However, it is nature’s beauty which draws

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visitors to the park. Tranquil streams run through the woods, inviting hikers, bikers and horseback riders to relax and take a break from the daily grind. The park is home to many varieties o lant and tree n add t on to mountain laurel and wild ginger. With ongoing reforestation, the land is regaining more of the characteristics that have attracted people to the area for many years. Medoc Mountain State Park provides opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy its surroundings year-round. Picnic tables and grills offer places to relax after a hike or to just enjoy a meal with family and friends. Nearby Little Fishing Creek is a o lar te or fi n , canoe n and kayaking. The park offers several camping options. Family camping is available in a hardwood forest setting near open field or lar er ro , ca te t cn c ta le and fire circles are available. Horse enthusiasts are not left out. Equestrian campsites are set up at the bridle trail area. Speaking of trails, visitors won’t want to leave the park without taking a walk or longer hike on one or ore o t e tra l that lead through the wooded setting. There is something for people of all ages, whether they want to take a short walk through the woods or a longer hike to view what they can of the Medoc Mountain summit. Medoc Mountain State Park offers seven trails that make up a

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