History & Gift in Fuquay-Varina

I love to drive through any town and look a the renovated old homes. Fuquay-Varina is a town right next to mine and is very beautiful Craftsman Style homes.

While researching Fuquay-Varina, found out that William Fuquay’s great-grandson found a natural spring that was touted to be mineral water with healing properties.  Word spread and many came from road and rail to “take the waters’ and its healing qualities.  Local businesses catered to these tourists in the newly named Fuquay Springs.  During the Civil War, many local southern ladies wrote to troops, to boost morale, one of these was Virginia Avery or ‘Varina’ She fell in love with the local school master JD Ballentine.  The nearby business district was named Varina.  Road improvements and automobile travel to the coast started the decline on the springs. In 1963 Fuquay Springs and Varina combined to create the present-day Fuquay-Varina.  The strange name is often mispronounced,  Fuquay-Varina (pronounced /ˈfjuːkweɪ vəˈriːnə/).

I was delighted when my good friend Julie moved into a renovated home. As a housewarming gift, I illustrated note cards for her. On the day I stopped in to help unpack the kitchen, I gave her an IOU for cards. I did a ‘drive-by photography session’ and snapped the pix.  Delivered the finished cards , she is so excited!

When you need a housewarming gift, think of Your Door & More to fill the bill; note cards, greeting cards or a framed illustration of the home can be perfect!  The history lesson is free.

Brenda Priest
Your Door & More

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