On Saturday, we took a spontaneous drive today to Monroe, NC. This little town is steeped in historical charm, merely surviving thanks to the governmental jobs and the few community stewards who still choose to buy from the local, independent stores.
This is the Union County Courthouse situated at the heart of Monroe. Notable families from this area include the Helms, Starnes, McRorie, and Belk families.
Ferdinand Foch did a speech here in 1921. For those who may not know him, he led the French forces at the First Battle of the Marne, but was removed from command after the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Then in 1918, he was named Allied Supreme Commander, coordinating the war's final offensives. He was also present at the armistice ending the war in November, 1918. A notable figure that our ancestors fighting in WWI would have known about.
The allied commanders of England, America and France realized that the unity of command of the allied armies would help them defeat Germany in both world wars.
After meandering around Monroe we drove out to Indian Land, SC where we found gas for $3.08 a gallon. Then on our way back up we stopped for lunch at a diner called The Big View Diner. I had a delicious chicken pot pie, and then we shared the bread pudding.
It was a nice weekend. How was yours?