- Duplin County is the filming location for some well-known Hollywood movies: Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride,” “Iron Man 3” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”
- Liberty Hall Plantation (409 S. Main St, Kenansville, NC 28349), the ancestral home of the Kenan family, is said to be the finest restored Southern plantation home in the state. Henry Flagler, the founder of Standard Oil Company, was married to Mary Lilly Kenan in its parlor in 1901.
- In the 1890s, pharmacist Caleb Davis Bradham created a new beverage first called Brad’s Drink. It was later renamed Pepsi Cola. Mr. Bradham, who started what is now a multi-billion-dollar international business, was born and raised in the Duplin community of Chinquapin.
Muscadine Wines range from dry reds to sweet dessert and while the Muscadine grape will never be one of my choices it is one that is loved by many and Duplin Winery has 150,000 annual visitors for tours, tastings, and dining.
Yes, dining is available and if you’re having some wine before getting back on the road enjoying a delicious meal may be a good choice.
At the Bistro Restaurant, you’ll enjoy gourmet soups and salads, specialty sandwiches, and daily specials. Of course, you can pair a glass of wine with your meal.
The Bistro is just another reason to stop and enjoy this unique winery experience in Duplin County.
North Carolina BBQ
Speaking of food, if you’re in the mood for BBQ Duplin County does not disappoint.
Billy’s Pork and Beef
In Wallace, NC you’ll find Billy’s Pork and Beef with its hot bar. The menu rotates, but you might just find a selection of BBQ Chicken, BBQ, Fried Chicken, Fried Pork Chops, Field Peas and Sausage, Green Beans, Mac and Cheese, Yams, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Slaw, and Brunswick Stew.
If you need a taste of something sweet after your BBQ plate be sure to grab a scoop of Billy’s Ice Cream before you leave.
Billy’s is located at 5716 S NC 41 Hwy and is open from 7a-7p Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday.
Warsaw, NC offers up its own brand of BBQ at Bland’s BBQ. Serving up BBQ and home cooking every day they generally close early afternoon so you’ll want to be sure to plan your lunch stop accordingly.
Bland’s BBQ is located at 175 Kenansville Hwy and is open from 6a-230p Monday-Friday and 6a-1p Saturday, closed Sunday.