Where in Carolina Country is This?
The November “Where Is This” photo by Surry-Yadkin member Rhonda Brindle features the “Plott Hound,” sculpted by Asheville artist Todd Frahm in 2017. The statue, located in the Robert and Viola Forga mini-park in the Hazelwood area of Waynesville, honors the official North Carolina State Dog. The Plott family developed and brought the breed to Haywood County in the late 1700s to protect early settlers from bears. David Plott notes that the bench located near the dog statue is dedicated to his late Aunt Helen Plott Luckadoo. Geoffrey “Shorty” Shelley has hunted with the breed for 45 years and says its the best coon-hunting hound, the statue looks like his Ole Bud. The winning entry chosen at random from all correct submissions came from Nancy Culbreth of Plymouth, a Tideland EMC member.