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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 50 ALAMANCE COUNTY Alamance County the county's smaller towns, like Glencoe, Ossipee and Bellemont, rest on the banks of the Haw River which provides loads of opportunities for fun with canoeing, kayaking and fishing galore. Trails that wind along the river are part of the North Carolina's Mountain-to- Seas Trail and allow hikers and cyclists to take in the extraordinary flora and fauna of the region. The Haw River Festival, in its 29th year, features a parade, music, silent auction and of course, canoe rides. For more fun on the water, Alamance County has its share of lakes, such as Burlington's Lake Mackintosh, with six boat ramps for easy access to the water; Lake Cammack, which covers 800 acres; and Graham/Mebane Lake, named one of the top fishing lakes in the state. Got a need for speed? Whether it's car racing on the Ace Speedway, a flying fast ball at a Burlington Royals game, or bike riders airborne at Burlington BMX, there's plenty to see and do (if you dare!) in the adrenaline rush category. And you can't swing a 9-iron without hitting a golf course in Alamance County; there are over ten options from driving ranges to 18-holes courses. It's easy to keep the kids happy on a Teacher Workday in Alamance County. The Children's Museum of Alamance County, located in Graham, makes sure Mom and Dad get in on the fun, too, with plenty of interactive and multisensory activities for the family to enjoy together. Create refrigerator-worthy artwork in the Paint Room or let Junior serve you for a change as kids "manage" a restaurant by pretending to be waitresses or chefs in Jane's Café. At Alamance Arts, they are committed to shaping the cultural identity of Alamance County by making art a tangible presence in the lives of its citizens. They strive to enhance the quality of life by engaging people in a diverse array of art through the delivery of programming and education with exhibits, events, classes and art travel trips to museums, historical sites, and more. The larger cities of the area—Burlington and Graham—both have historical downtown districts that showcase unique shops and restaurants in lovingly restored historic buildings. Larger corporate businesses located in the county include LabCorp of America, Walmart and Sheetz distribution centers, and Honda (small engine manufacturing). Elon University makes the region proud. This private, liberal arts school has been ranked #1 among southern regional universities by US World & News Report and also named one of the decade's hottest schools by The Daily Beast. Students must like it too, because its retention and graduation rates rank among the best. [] What's in a name? A lot—when it comes to Alamance County, situated in central North Carolina. Let's start with the unincorporated community of Saxapahaw, a salute to the county's roots which date back to the 18th century when the Native American tribe, the Sissipahaw, lived in this region. The town of Green Level aptly describes the county's lush meadows and woodlands on gently rolling terrain, what you would expect to find between North Carolina's mountains and beaches. Next comes the town of Burlington whose name is synonymous around the nations with textile manufacturing and speaks to the continued presence of the industry that has long been the bread and butter of the county. Alamance County covers about 435 square miles, with Cane Creek Mountains, a small mountain range in the western part of the county, hinting of the more voluminous mountains just beyond. Also in this part of the county lies the locale known as Snow Camp. Snow Camp represents an area of historical significance as the site of the Battle of Alamance, considered an important catalyst to the Revolutionary War. And before the war it was home to a large Quaker population. Today Snow Camp draws many visitors to its historic landmarks and world-renowned bluegrass celebration, Lil John's Mountain Music Festival. The Haw River flows through much of Alamance County and forms its southeast border. Many of BY VERA WILSON historic, music festivals, the Haw

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