What is a Zonkey?

A “zonkey” is a hybrid cross produced by mating a zebra and a donkey. Zonkeys are not a true species because they have an odd number of chromosomes and cannot reproduce. While zonkeys are rare, they are bred in a number of zoos and specialized farms around the world.

Here is a zonkey at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina. It doesn’t seem to look either like a donkey or a zebra!

Zonkey

Grandfather Mountain Mile High Swinging Bridge

The Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge, was built to give visitors easy access to the breathtaking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak in North Carolina. The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation.

Grandfather Mountain Swinging Bridge

Union Square Reflections

Renovated Union Square in Downtown Hickory is filled with a variety of unique retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, all in a park-like setting in the heart of Hickory. Here is a reflection of Union Square from the windows of the old Railroad Station, now converted to a restaurant.

Union Square Reflections

A Historical Home

Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess the “finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” the Harper House of Hickory also has a restored landscape, including period gardens. Several notable families have occupied the Harper House.  The Harper Family was the last of seven families to occupy the Shuler-Harper House, as some locals still refer to it.  

A Historical Home

A Classic Church

The architecture of Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory, North Carolina is reminiscent of a fine European cathedral. The exterior of the building is of gray Georgia granite with Indiana limestone trim. The spire is of extruded and structural aluminum rising 164 ft. 6 in. from the terrace floor at the entrance. The belfry below the spire is built up of carved and molded limestone tracery, giving a lacy and ethereal feeling to the church tower. The main entrance is of limestone having carvings similar to those found on French Gothic churches.

A Classic Church