Going to Carolina in My Mind

June 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Carolina BBQ in Ashburn, Virginia
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In Virginia we live in Ashburn which is a stereotypical suburban development of the early 21st century - townhomes, apartments, condos, large single family homes surrounding shopping areas and recreational fields -  e.g. suburban sprawl. Locating what was once the country farm village called Ashburn is difficult. Through the first half of the 20th century, Ashburn was basically a train stop on the W&OD trail serving the needs of the local farming community. Located near the stop was the Partlow Bros. store which first served as a feed and seed store and later was the only grocery store serving the area within an 8 mile radius. Luckily the Partlow building somehow avoided the destruction of development mania and 8 years ago was purchased by Danny Hurdle who was originally from North Carolina. Carolina BBQ was born and it is authentic and great. They also serve the only potato salad I have ever had that matches my mother's. To enter Carolina BBQ is to be transported back in time as you walk the bare wood floors - no fast food chain faux kitch here. Today the W&OD trail stands just to the left of the building providing a wonderful way to calorie load before and after a bike ride. Anyone who ever visits me in Ashburn will always be subjected to Carolina BBQ because I am mean like that. Images are 5 shot HDR taken at sunrise with Nikon D300 and Tamron [email protected], f16, 1/13s +/- 2ev, ISO 200, processed in HDR Efex Pro2.


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