we had such a great time in north carolina last week. on one of the days that we were there, we took a break from the beach and left topsail island to explore the area around wilmington. one of the places that we visited was poplar grove plantation which is one of the oldest surviving peanut plantations in north carolina. the plantation is now open to the public as a museum. the grounds of the plantation were so pretty. we happened to visit the plantation on the day when they hold their weekly summer farmers' market with local farmers, artisans, and vendors. it was neat to walk around.
when we left topsail island to drive back home to pennsylvania, we made a pitstop at a cracker barrel in garner, north carolina to meet up with ryan's brother jeremy and our two nephews. it was nice to be able to visit them for breakfast before we drove back home. they boys sure enjoyed rocking on the wooden rocking chairs outside the restaurant!