365 Acre Legacy Family Farm in Broadway

(UNDER CONTRACT) LIVE THE DREAM ON THIS LARGE 365 +/- ACRE LEGACY FAMILY FARM! Enjoy Open Pastures, Vista’s, Multiple Ponds and Outstanding Views Throughout! Charming Farm House Renovated in 2013! Multiple Barns, Shop, Outbuildings, Greenhouse, and Storage. Multiple Wells and Septic Systems and Plenty of Sites for Additional Homes. Family Owned for Decades and Presently Operated as a Cattle Farm. Conservation Easement in Place on 58 +/- acres to Protect Drains and Creeks. Gorgeous from Every View!

2 Mobile Homes on Property, 1 conveys and other lived in by family member and would like life estate. List/Co-List MUST be present for showings, bank letter required for showings. $3,995,000

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Granville County 70 Acres

70 Acres on William Sherman Road in Oxford

$525,000 Prime Investment Property in Granville County! Lush, Rolling, Fenced Pastures with Amazing Views! Wooded Borders Surround the Property with Mixed Pine and Hardwoods. Incredible Opportunities for Home Sites. Pastures are Perfect for Agriculture, Horses or Cattle! Very Private and Secluded Area. Buyer to pick up survey for subdividing the 70 acres out of larger tract.  Potential to Purchase Additional Acreage!

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The Joys of Winter Speckled Trout Fishing in North Carolina  

OBX Trout FishingIf you’re fishing along one of the North Carolina rivers that empties out into Pamlico Sound, you’re likely to catch a speckled trout (a.k.a., a spotted sea trout or spotted weakfish) or two, as this is the season when this species is on the move up into the warmer rivers and creeks of the state. For many anglers, fishing for this game fish is most satisfying over the cooler winter months, as the trout are plentiful, fairly easy to locate and slower moving in these shallower waters, and, of course, delicious to eat.

Characteristics of the Speckled Trout

A member of the drum, or croaker family, the speckled trout is most commonly found in shallow waters, rivers, bays and estuaries from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to Florida and beyond, along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula. It is one of a handful of breeds – just even – of euryhaline fish that are very tolerant of both saline and fresh water, their bodies having evolved to be able to adapt to different environments as necessary for survival. For spawning purposes and for feeding in the warm summer months, speckled trout require a higher level of salinity; in the winter months, as they move inland into warmer rivers and streams with little to no salinity, their bodies are completely able to adapt to this environment as well.

Most speckled trout are mature by the time they are 1-3 years old and they can survive for anywhere between five and ten years. Typically, depending on age and gender, they measure between 15 and 20 inches in length, with some growing to be much longer. Interestingly, a female of the species grows larger and lives longer than her male counterpart. A young speckled trout, hatching any time between late spring and early fall, grows quickly, eating voraciously throughout the first year or so of life. Two sharp, visible, canine-like teeth help the trout catch prey – smaller fish, crustaceans, and shrimp, for instance. A female is ready to spawn (a process that can take place several times per season) when she is just a year old.

Prime Fishing Time for the Speckled Trout

Speckled trout are cold-blooded creatures, which means their body temperatures rise or fall according to the temperature of the water around them. During the cooler months of the year, as ocean waters drop into the low 70s for the winter, speckled trout along the Carolinas’ coastline – and even those from further north (Virginia and beyond) – are forced to move out of the coastal zones and upriver into areas of warmer waters, from Pamlico Sound to the Neuse River and Pamlico River here in North Carolina. The trout’s metabolism slows in the colder waters and they eat less, often not choosing to surface until the water has warmed a bit in the winter sunshine. Once the weather starts shifting again in late March/early April, the process operates in reverse, with speckled trout making their way back out into the rivers and on into the Sound.

Fishing Tips

According to some, the best bait for catching a speckled trout is either a minnow or a shrimp – one of the fish’s favorite meals – or artificial bait designed OBX Trout Fly Fishingspecifically for the fish. A medium-weight rod with a spin-cast reel is your best bet for taking on this species. Often schools of speckled trout frequent one spot, or hole, for hours, or even days, but they are just as likely to randomly move from a spot seemingly at the drop of a hat.

As a schooling fish – one which moves and eats along with many others of the same species at the same time – the speckled trout instinctively hangs out in groups where there is safety in numbers. When the school finds food, the entire shoal of fish will stop to feed.

In North Carolina, catching a speckled trout under 14” inches is forbidden, a rule that ensures that a female would have had time for at least one spawning season to take place. The limit per day per angler is four for recreational fishermen.


Trout Favorites

Grilled Speckled Trout

4 Speckled trout filets (fresh, skin on or off)

Olive oil

Your favorite seasoning

Aluminum foil

Melted butter (optional)

Lemon wedges (optional)

Rub each filet with olive oil and arrange skin side down in a single layer on a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Sprinkle the fish with your choice of seasoning: a dried herb blend with salt & pepper, garlic, or Creole seasoning.

When your grill is hot and ready, place the fish on the grill (with the foil in between). Cook for 3-4 minutes and baste with butter (optional). Cook another 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook – the fish will cook very quickly on the grill. You’ll know it’s done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Squeeze a little lemon juice on top and serve.

Baked Speckled Trout with Tomatoes and Olives

1 lb. speckled trout fillets, cut into 2-inch wide pieces

1 can diced Italian-style tomatoes, drained

2 tablespoons chopped pitted ripe olives

½ teaspoon garlic powder 

salt and pepper, to taste 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

olive oil 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking dish with olive oil. Arrange speckled trout in pan, season with garlic powder and salt and pepper.

Combine tomatoes and olives in a bowl, mix, then spoon over speckled trout. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Remove with oven mitts. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with garlic bread. Serves 4.


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372 Acres for sale in halifax County

372 Acres for sale in Halifax County NC

372 Acres for sale in Halifax County NC – This timber tract is located on the Martin / Halifax county line near the community of Hobgood, NC. Halifax County itself maintains its historic town of Halifax, a colonial installation pre-Revolutionary war.  This Roanoke River valley settlement was significant in its location not because of sea route access but because the river afforded transportation of goods from the local enterprising businesses along the river to reach major highway transport routes.

The parcel has a deeded easement for access and has a very good stand of natural pines and hardwoods along with some plantation pines. For the timber investor, this location is easily served by any of the North Carolina Forestry Service’s members.  This parcel is ideal for hunting or investment. Price per acre is $3000.  Contact Frank for maps and photos at 919-785-4249.

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4651 Hwy 421

Gorgeous Estate Home with Pond and Land

(SOLD) Immaculate Estate Home and 47+/- acres in Lillington on Hwy 421! This estate property is one-of-a kind and the quality of construction and detail is incredible. The grand entry welcomes you and the well maintained landscaping and drive-in will dazzle guests! 5156 square feet with too many custom features to list! First floor master, 2nd floor master with fireplace, 10ft ceilings, grand foyer, coffered ceilings, office, theater room, game room, sun-room, screened in porch, covered front porch and more.

Grounds include a large private pond, fencing, detached garage, irrigation, open fields and very private!


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130 Acres near Littleton

130 Acres near Littleton in Halifax County, NC

130 Acres – This timber tract has been mostly clear-cut and is located near Littleton and has a deeded access. The roads are solid and the land is framed by agriculture and timber parcels. This farm has great hunting or recreational opportunities. Price per acre is $2,000.  Contact Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 or Frank Gombatz 919-696-4249 for maps or other information.

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North Carolina: Leader in Industrial Mineral Production

NC Mineral production infoDid you know that North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of industrial minerals like feldspar and mica and is also number one in the U.S. in the production of the clay used in manufacturing bricks? The geology of our state, with its abundance of rock types, ancient mountains and long coastline shaped by sedimentary erosion, has created a complex environment that is rich in minerals and other natural resources. In fact, North Carolina ranks in the top 40% of industrial mineral producers in the nation.

North Carolina Geology

Over a period of hundreds of millions of years, ancient landmasses in what is now the southeastern United States collided, forcing the Earth’s crust upward and resulting in the mammoth Appalachian mountain range. The oldest rocks ever found in North Carolina were located here, at the edges of these shifting plates. Rain, snow and wind wore away at these mountain peaks over the eons, washing sediment eastward toward the ocean and creating what is now the state’s long, sandy coastline, an area of abundant mineral resources.

Geologically speaking, the state of North Carolina can be divided into three zones, or landforms.

  • The mountain region, made up of the Blue Ridge Mountains (a segment of the more extensive Appalachian mountain chain) has over 40 peaks above 6,000 feet; Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet in elevation, is the very highest point in the nation east of South Dakota’s Black Hills. A variety of rock types – sedimentary, volcanic, igneous (hardened molten rock) and metamorphic – and minerals including mica, feldspar and other raw materials are features of this area.
  • North Carolina’s centrally located Piedmont Plateau runs north to south all the way from New Jersey to Alabama, but the widest point is in our state. Signs of ancient volcanic activity and erosion are apparent throughout this hilly region, although certain landmarks called monadnocks – including the very distinct Pilot Mountain – are land features that have withstood this process of erosion. Gold was once plentiful in this area – in fact, in the early 1800s North Carolina was the nation’s ONLY state with any measurable gold mining – but today lithium, clay, sand, gravel and other building stones and minerals are all mined here.
  • The state’s coastal plain, encompassing around 45% of North Carolina’s landmass, is by far the largest of its geological regions. Here, the land once ended far above sea level. But, over the millennia, with erosion from the mountains and with each rise and fall of the ocean, terraces were created. It’s possible to see today where rivers and streams deposited sediment and rocks all the way from the mountains at the western edge of the state along the coastline. Sand, clay, limestone and phosphate are abundant in this region.

North Carolina’s Most Commonly Mined Industrial Minerals

Feldspar. First mined around a century ago, feldspar is used in the manufacturing of glass fiber insulation, tile and what is known as “whiteware,” or ceramic products that are white or close to white in appearance.

Mica. Although North Carolina produced primarily sheet mica for several years, other materials have replaced that product on the market. Today, North Carolina mines scrap mica only; dry-ground mica goes into the production of plasterboard joint cement and wall board, whereas wet-ground mica is a component of many cosmetics, plastics and paints.

Lithium. Over 80% of the nation’s lithium ore deposits are found in Cleveland and Gaston counties. A component of lithium metals, carbonates and other chemical compounds, lithium also goes into the production of batteries, glass, grease and ceramics.

Phosphate. Second only to Florida as a producer of phosphate, this mineral is mined in one place only, Beaufort County’s Lee Creek mine, and is used primarily in the production of phosphoric acid and in fertilizers such as triple superphosphate and diammonium phosphate.

Pyrophyllite and Talc. Pyrophyllite, used mainly in the production of ceramics, paint and insecticides, is mined in Moore and Orange counties. Talc mines in Cherokee and Swain counties, although heavily mined in the past, are now inactive.

Clay. Used in the production of various types of tile, brick, cement, sewer pipe and lightweight aggregate, common clay is found in all three regions of the state.

Gemstones. A wide range of precious and semi-precious gemstones are found in our state – mainly in the Piedmont and mountain regions – and a few mining areas are even open to the public. North Carolina is the largest miner and marketer of gemstones in the eastern half of the U.S.

Mineral Fuels

NC Mineral production easy to findNorth Carolina’s resources in the area of mineral fuels are limited, although several areas have the potential to produce energy in the future. Over a hundred petroleum and natural gas wells are situated primarily throughout the outer Coastal Plain, with its heavy layer of sedimentary rock, but although traces of each have been obtained in some wells, none are considered producing wells. Coastal North Carolina also features around 675,000 acres of fuel-grade peat, an ingredient that has been used almost solely in the production of potting soil and soil conditioners. North Carolina’s coal beds – mainly, the Deep River coal field along Chatham, Moore and Lee counties’ Deep River – are no longer producing following various periods of mining activity over the past century and a half. Talc, Lithium batteries, Citrine

Find Out More

Enjoy interactive exhibits, displays and more at one of these museums dedicated to North Carolina’s rich mineral resources and mining and gem industries.

Museum of North Carolina Minerals

214 Parkway Maintenance Rd., Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

25 Phillips St., Franklin, NC 28734

Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County

400 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792

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Rocky Ford Land for Sale sold in 2022

220 Acres on Rocky Ford Road near Ingleside and Hwy 401 in Franklin County NC

 (SOLD) 220 Acres – This beautiful pine plantation is located on Rocky Ford Road near Ingleside and Hwy 401 in Franklin County, approximately 5 miles north of Louisburg. It has paved road frontage, good roads and a very nice stand of merchantable timber. The additional hunting and recreation appeal make this tract a great investment! There is a nice camp area and established food plots and small pond. Some pines are approaching 27-30 years of age. Timber is ready for harvest in many areas. Price per acre is $4800. Contact Frank Gombatz at 919-696-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps and other information.

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Wilson County Land for Sale near Wilson and Saratoga, NC

1555 Acres on Hwy 111 near Wilson and Saratoga in Wilson County NC

1555 Acres on Hwy 111 near Wilson and Saratoga in Wilson County NC:   Located just off hwy 264 Bypass near Wilson and Saratoga, this massive tract is located on Hwy 111 and Holden Cross Roads. A wide range of pine plantations dominate this land. Timber ages from 3 years to over 30 years of age and this property has a good road system and level topography. This would be an ideal site for a warehouse, plant or other commercial real estate. Sportsman can enjoy the great hunting with deer, ducks and turkey. Several areas would be perfect for waterfowl impoundments. There are dozens of deer stand areas and food plots and miles of well established roads. Contact Frank Gombatz 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps or other information. **The seller will not subdivide this farm and there are no hunting leases available. $3500 Per Acre

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505 Clyde Farrel Road

Apex NC Horse Farm for Sale near Jordan Lake!

Exquisitely Designed Newly Constructed Carriage House and Picturesque Equestrian Property with 21 Acres! Amazing Transformation from Previous Ownership! Perfect Retreat Property with Private Setting w/ Access to Jordan Lake! Well Manicured Grounds with Private Garden and Pond. State of the Art Technology in Home including Solar, Tesla Charger, Security w/ Cameras and More! 6 Stall Barn, w/Tack and Hay Storage, Lit Dressage Arena, Trails and Fenced Pastures Ready for Horses. Property Joins US Corps Land.

Solar entry gate, whole house generator, and more. Plenty of room to build second home!

505 Clyde Farrell Road, Apex! Showings by appointment only. $1,595,000

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