State Geography Project

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This is the post where you discover what true geeks we are.

Ten years ago my husband had an idea. He thought we should visit all the counties in our state, North Carolina. But he didn’t want to just visit all the counties, but the county seats. As we pondered the idea, we decided that we needed something that we could do in all the county seats. So we decided to visit what every county seat has – a county courthouse.

So just over 10 years ago, we began our journey. We made rapid progress at first because we could go for a Saturday drive and get some of the counties close to us. Then our trips had to get longer. There were some counties that were too far to get to and back in a one-day trip, so we planned our beach vacations on different parts of the coast to ensure that we could go to different counties.

But 2 years ago, we finished our quest. We visited all 100 county seats in North Carolina. And sadly it has taken me this long to blog about it. In my defense I was pregnant with the baby (number 5) when we finished. And it took a while to finalize all the pictures. Then my oldest son decided to put together a video of the project, and that took a while.  (Not 2 years. My sporadic blogging was a big part of the problem.)

But I’m sharing the video now anyway. I love the way my son coordinated the county map to the county courthouse that is pictures. Truthfully, the video gets a little long. He made it as short as possible covering all the counties without making them go by so fast that it makes people dizzy. (Although, it’s still borderline.) So if you get bored in the middle, skip to the end and you can hear my husband’s goofy speech at our 100th courthouse.


One of the big reasons that I’m sharing this now is so that you’ll understand a little better about our new quest.

Visiting all 50 State Capitol Buildings!



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9 thoughts on “State Geography Project”

  1. I don’t think it’s geeky at all! I just printed a map of the 55 WV counties a couple weeks ago because I want us to visit them all. Maybe not the county seats, but we’ll see. The 50 state capitals idea is lofty – I hope you can do it!

    1. Very lofty goal, I agree. We visited TN, AR, OK, NM, AZ, CO, WY, NB, KS, MO, and KY on our vacation this summer. We already had NC, SC, VA, WV, and OH. Only 34 to go! Alaska and Hawaii will definitely be the hardest 🙂 But it took us 8 years to do NC, so we’re not in a rush!

  2. What a great video. I guess you were taking most of the photos, since you weren’t in too many shots. You need to get to other side of the camera. 😉

    Love what he says at the end, and the ‘flash’ to what he looked like 10 years ago. Sounds like your next challenge will be just as fun. 🙂

    1. That’s not a real picture of my husband at the end of the video. My son “photoshopped” his beard out and hair in.

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