Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

February 23, 2009 at 6:00 am 8 comments

Nineteen miles southwest of Elizabeth City, the town of Hertford is home to the oldest brick house in North Carolina. It is known as the Newbold-White House and it was built in 1730 as part of a riverside plantation. Today the house is a museum, open March 1st through Thanksgiving, where visitors can partake in a 45 minute tour of the grounds.

It wasn’t the historic building, however, which brought me there last January. Ryan Somma and I were looking for an afternoon outing with the dogs. The Newbold-White House is set upon 143 acres and has its very own Recreation Trail to the Perquimans River and better yet– the trail is open year round.

The Recreation Trail itself is straight forward– about a mile round-trip, flat and wide. We did take the time to explore the shoreline, a nearby swamp, a nearby decaying tree and the surprising remains of an automobile in the sand. It was a humble outing, but an interesting and fulfilling one.

Views
The trails starts views of the historic buildings and ends at the beautiful Perquimans River. A nearby Bald Cypress Swamp adds to the scenery.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - House
The Newbold-White House

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Henry on Sand
Henry Enjoys Shoreline

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Water Ripples
Bald Cypress Tree and Spanish Moss from Dock

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Decay and Bald Cypresses (Landscaipe)
Bald Cypress Swamp

Fauna
Along the way, Somma and I spied three separate fire ant nests. Hoards of mussels were present in the river and finally, there was evidence a raccoon(?) had visited the river recently– its footprints were still in the sand.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ryan Points to Fireants
Ryan Points to Fire Ant Nest

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ridges in Mussel Shell, Ridges in Fingersl
Shellfish from River

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Raccoon and Henry Prints
Raccoon Tracks? (Above the fresh Henry track)

Flora
The trail passes through plantation lands, so you get to see an old cotton crop. I was surprised to see a yellow dandelion in full bloom in the middle of January. On the other hand, I wasn’t surprised to see the bald cypress trees, Spanish moss and mistletoe that are prevalent to the area. There were some great dried up yellow berries (anyone know what they are?). But it was the fungus that stole the show for me. Lots and lots of fungus.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Jimmie in Cotton Field
Jimmie Runs Through Domesticated Flora

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Old Roots and a Standing Cypress Tree
Old Bald Cypress Roots, Cypress Trees and Spanish Moss

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Lots of Yellow Berries
Yellow Berries

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom and Foam
Fungus Sneaks into a Crevice

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom Colony From Above
Layers of Fungus on Dead Tree

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Tiered Mushroom
Leaf Catching Mushroom

Oddities
Right on the shoreline of the Perquimans River, slightly south of the dock, we found some old rusted parts in the sand. It turned out to be an old automobile being reclaimed by the elements.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Springs and Engine Block
Car Fossil – Springs and Engine Block

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Sand Filled Speedometer
Car Fossil – Radio

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Rusted Car Part in Wave
Car Fossil – Part in Wave

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Spark Plugs
Car Fossil – Transistors

More information about the museum and its grounds can be found at the official Newbold-White House website. And as always, more pictures of our visit can be found on my Flickr site.

Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

Length: ~1 mile round trip

Elevation Gain: None

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC

Take US-17 South about 15.7 miles

Turn left at Church Street

After about 1.4 miles, turn left on Newbold White Road

Road ends at the museum parking

Entry filed under: Elizabeth City, Fungus, Hertford, Hiking. Tags: .

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marty  |  February 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Love the car fossils Vicky!

    Reply
  • 2. gravity’s rainbow » Berry Go Round #14  |  March 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

    […] Vicky at TGAW has a post full of pictures of her a short hike near the Newbold-White House in North Carolina.  The bald cypresses are just stunning and she’s even got an identification question – go help her out, botanists! […]

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  • 3. Burr Williams  |  March 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    the berries are of Chinaberry
    Melia adzerach (I think that is the correct Latin spelling)

    Reply
  • 4. tgaw  |  March 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    @Burr Williams – AWESOME! I keep seeing them around and now I finally know what they are! THANKS!

    Reply
  • […] On another adventure, went exploring around the Newbold-White House Recreation Trail. There, on the shoreline, we found the nearly buried remnants of some sort of tractor, or automobile. Suspension springs and a rusting engine block were recognizable, just peaking out of the sand. […]

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