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Why are Fish Camps, umm, called Fish Camps?

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I grew up in Chapel Hill in the 70s and 80s, never heard of it.  Must be a State thing.

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We had them in Florida.

 

I was always told back during 1800s people who set up spots to fish and since there was no refrigeration they would dry and salt the fish in large make shift tents. Eventually they were called fish camps and the name just carried over to any place that serves fish.

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We had them in Florida.

 

I was always told back during 1800s people who set up spots to fish and since there was no refrigeration they would dry and salt the fish in large make shift tents. Eventually they were called fish camps and the name just carried over to any place that serves fish.

 

 

 

that sounds likely.  in those times, a big food event involved what was handy and who was around.

 

kinda like Brunswick stew.....everyone just brought what they had and threw it in the big washpot.

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Nothing beats Long Creek Fish Fry.  Nothing.

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I see. It must be a flatlander thing. Never heard of such in the mountains. 

 

Its all over the mountains, but its mostly the older people that use the term.  My parents grew up in Wilkes county and they call seafood restaurants "Fish Camps".  At least the old style everything is battered and deep fried seafood restaurants.

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Its all over the mountains, but its mostly the older people that use the term.  My parents grew up in Wilkes county and they call seafood restaurants "Fish Camps".  At least the old style everything is battered and deep fried seafood restaurants.

 

Wilkes county isn't the mountains. 

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Lived in the piedmont my whole life, never heard of a fish camp until now.

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Nothing beats Long Creek Fish Fry.  Nothing.

 

Do they have hush puppies?

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Wilkes county isn't the mountains. 

 

So I guess all those mountains in Wilkes are just giant paper machete models.  :)

 

The western part of Wilkes is just as much "Mountains" as Watauga. 

The county's elevation ranges from 900 feet (375 meters) in the east to over 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) in the west. The Blue Ridge Mountains run from the southwest to the northeast, and dominate the county's western and northern horizons. Thompkins Knob, the highest point in the county, rises to 4,079 feet (1243 meters

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Anyone remember Gus Purcell's on Independence Blvd with that vinegar slaw, or Hideaway fish camp on Monroe Rd., then there was the Seafarer with the big moving whale sign on Albermarle Rd, and Fish Farm in Matthews.  I'm talking about back in the day when these locales were rural, for those who also grew up around here.  It used to seem to take an hour to drive there from home, and now the city has grown up around them. 

 

Nostalgic, and yes - deep fried everything, a ton of popcorn shrimp, the red and white checkered table cloths, ketchup in the plain red squeeze bottles, sometimes hard to distinguish from the cocktail sauce squeeze bottle, sweet tea that was always a bit too sweet but still good, and that big lemon wedge to squeeze all over the fried goodness on your plate.  Takes me way back.  Don't forget the toothpick and mints on your way out the door.

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