This is my contribution to Scott’s Assignment 6: Your Hometown. For as long as I can remember we never lived in one place for more than 10 years, at least not in the same house, and I think it’s because of my dad that likes to move. I was born in Laos, moved to Thailand when I was 6, then the big move to Brooklyn, New York. We then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during my High School years, then moved back to Queens, New York for college, and finally to North Carolina. As for now, this is my hometown.
Hickory, North Carolina is not in the boondocks like most people think. It’s true that we have horses, cows and lots of farm land, but this is not what we are all about.
Actually, Hickory has been named an “All-America City” three times, once in 2007, then back in 1987 and 1967. The All-America City Award is given annually to only ten cities in the United States. It is a very prestigious award that represents a community’s ability to work together and achieve critical local issues.
We are known for furniture, a famous furniture outlet right in our backyard, Hickory Furniture Mart.
A back view photo below taken on Friday. It is a four-story complex that has a unique mix of nearly 100 furniture outlet stores, shops and galleries.
One of the many roads in downtown Hickory. I have to say that it’s a very confusing town, the address of “Street Avenue Lane NE, NW, or SE is very common here.
There are many prehistorical houses.
And many big old trees.
Regardless of what you’ve heard or seen, we drive normal cars by the way. I drive a Toyota, so move out of my way.
Hickory is a small town, and we are still growing. When I first moved here over 10 years ago, there weren’t that many cars on the road, but it’s not like that anymore, still not much traffic though.
Special thanks to Bo, he was kind enough to drive me around town, photos taken on a Grey Sunday morning.