Woodleaf - House District 76
Catch the Spirit of the 76th! Today we’re highlighting Woodleaf, one of eight unique communities in our new NC House District 76. Located in the western corner of the 76th, Woodleaf boasts a beautiful sprawling countryside and hidden jewels.
Jewel number one; we have our very own Mount Vernon here in Rowan County and it’s nestled away in Woodleaf. Mount Vernon was built circa 1822 and is part of the national historic district. At one point, the two-story Federal style frame house served as the post office.
Jewel number two; the old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. I’ve never been to St. Andrew’s for any particular events and I do not have ancestors who attended church there. Yet, as I stood gazing at the old church and the headstones in the cemetery, the space invoked a certain familiarity in me. It took me back to a special time in my childhood of attending camp meetings and making headstone rubbings with crayons on sheets of freezer paper.
Jewel number three; on the banks of the South Yadkin River is the Bull Hole River Park comprised of 80 wonderful acres of nature to explore and relish. This gorgeous river park has picnic tables, a large shelter, a natural sandy beach and lots of scattered benches for sitting and pondering life. If you lean more towards exhilaration and sport, you can go fishing in a canoe or race down the natural waterslide while checking out the old stone dam around the 1900’s cotton mill. My husband and I spent many fun days out there with our kids while they were growing up.
Jewel number four; the people who keep Woodleaf thriving with small owned businesses and the generations of families who still live there. One example of many small businesses is Velazquez Produce and Warehouse. Many Rowan households have fresh produce from their warehouse. And a really cool story I heard from the son-in-law of a family that still lives there is about his daughter (who is old enough to drive now) sitting and learning in the same classroom at the old Woodleaf Elementary in which her maternal grandfather had sat and learned as a child.
As you ponder the jewels of Woodleaf, I pray your thoughts are full of hope, inspiration and fond memories. As your representative in Raleigh, I will work for Woodleaf’s future while protecting its rich history and natural resources for generations to come. 💙💛