A Walk Around Downtown Raleigh, NC

A Cheap Date And Exercise

Today is a "walk around downtown" and this walk is in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This is a typical walk such as many people can do in their own town or city but also in neighboring cities or anywhere.

You might make inquiries as to the safety of the specific area you're interested in.

It's pretty quiet on this Sunday morning.

I found a spot here on Hillsborough Street and right next to a violin shop!

I just walk toward "town" and tall buildings!

I want to see and take pictures of pretty structures and scenes.

Churches will always provide beauty.

Of course I love seeing the steeples in the distance.

The stone-work is beautiful and magical to me.

This "entrance" really draws one inside.

There are so many churches! Someone should create a "church hub"!

Isn't this a work of art?!

Confederate Monument
Confederate Monument

The North Carolina Capital Building lies just behind the Confederate Monument.

Confederate Monument
Confederate Monument

This monument is in remembrance of North Carolina's Confederate dead (nearly one quarter of all Confederate deaths were from North Carolina). The three statues on the monument represent Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillery soldiers. The inscription, "First at Bethel - Last at Appomatox," represents the forwardness and tenacity of North Carolina's soldiers during the Civil War.

Samuel A'Court Ashe
Samuel A'Court Ashe

This tablet is a tribute to Captain Ashe who, as a captain in the Confederate Army, took part in the defense of Fort Wagner, S.C. He later served as a legislator, newspaper editor, and historian.

Henry Lawson Wyatt
Henry Lawson Wyatt

Wyatt, from Edgecombe County, was the first Confederate soldier to die in battle in the Civil War. A private in the Confederate Army, he was killed at the Battle of Big Bethel in Virginia on June 10, 1861, as his brigade attacked Union troops.

This is the beautiful Capital building.

North Carolina Veteran's Monument
North Carolina Veteran's Monument

This monument honors the veterans of the state who served in World Wars I and II and the Korean War. The base features scenes and lists major battles from each of the wars, and atop a granite shaft stands Lady Liberty holding a palm frond to symbolize peace and victory.

The flags of each of the armed services fly at the rear of the monument.

Battles of WW II

Above is a 3-D plaque depicting scenes of WWII and Korea.

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Vietnam Veterans are honored here.

"After the Firefight"
"After the Firefight"

This memorial honors the 206,000 men and women of North Carolina who served in the war of Vietnam.

This monument is unique in that it is the first to be sculpted by a woman, and the first to depict an African American.

The monument depicts two soldiers carrying a wounded comrade to a nearby landing zone to await medical help.

So I'm still exercising and still seeing so much!

North Carolina Presidents
North Carolina Presidents

This work honors the three presidents born in North Carolina: Andrew Jackson of Union County, seventh president of the United States (1829-1837); James Knox Polk of Mecklenberg County, eleventh president of the United States (1845-1849); and Andrew Johnson of Wake County, seventeenth president of the United States (1865-1869). Although North Carolina claims all three presidents as native sons, all were elected while residents of Tennessee.

Families are out in full force today!

Charles Duncan McIver
Charles Duncan McIver

Dr. McIver was a renowned promoter of education in North Carolina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is remembered as the founder and the first president of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

Here is a distant side view of George Washington.

Zebulon Baird Vance
Zebulon Baird Vance

A native of Buncombe County, Zebulon Baird Vance was one of this state's most popular political figures during the Civil War. He helped organize state troops for the Confederacy and was promoted to full colonel shortly before his election as governor in 1862. He again served as governor from 1877 to 1879 and was a United States senator from 1879 until his death in 1894.

George Washington
George Washington

This bronze statue is one of six cast by William J. Hubbard of Richmond, Virginia, from a mold of Houdon's George Washington which stands in the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. It was intended to replace the destroyed Canova statue. Unveiled on July 4, 1857, it was the first statue placed on the grounds.

As I walk around the Capital there are other avenues of photography.

Keep an eye on the tall buildings and use them as reference points.

Here is an old side entrance into the State Capital Building.

Ensign Worth Bagley
Ensign Worth Bagley

Born in Raleigh in 1874, Ensign Worth Bagley was the first American naval officer killed in the Spanish-American War.

Worth Bagley
Worth Bagley

Bagley was the executive officer of the torpedo ship U.S.S. Winslow. He was killed May 11, 1898, by a shell from Spanish shore batteries at Cardenas Bay, Cuba.

Charles Brantley Aycock
Charles Brantley Aycock

Charles Brantly Aycock was known as the "education governor." Aycock was responsible for beginning the public school system existing today in North Carolina. It is said that one new school was opened for nearly every day of his term, 1901-1905.

Women of the Confederacy
Women of the Confederacy

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914.

It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period in our nation's history.

It is great to acknowledge the suffering of all when suffering is acknowledged. I hope to see the statue of the black man who helped build our great nation while chained.

This is very crisp architecture for a new church.

Beautiful buildings and sidewalk eateries abound!

I just loved the bicycle in the window!

One coffee drinker has found a cozy niche and is hidden from most of the world.

There are parked cars but Sunday morning is a bit quiet.

The "Times" coffee shop is just ahead! Watch the calories! You're exercising.

But having an espresso and a crossword puzzle is good.

This or another stop like it could be a great rest.

Or take a refreshment with you to a park and sit under a tree.

This could be a day of exercise, travel, fun, and REST!

Your paths are mostly smooth. The scenery is forever changing.

Municipal Bus Service
Municipal Bus Service

Just flow with the day and this walk in this "life".

Another beautiful Park! But I started hearing bongos in the distance.

If you put your ear next to this cone you can hear the ocean!

Beautiful streets and I'm hearing beautiful beats!

People are having their Sunday church service right out here.

Sunday Morning Coming Down in Raleigh September 12, 2010

The preacher and his merry band play sweet music and then our preacher gives us the Word of God. The preacher speaks of hope!

My father told me that a church got colder with every coat of paint.

Here it is. I finally found the statue that was erected for Micky Dee.

I made a loop around this park and find cobblestones and pretty shops.

The little shop of "TIBET"!

A popular eatery is just ahead, but they're everywhere.

Keep your "orientation" by knowing where you are by the "tall buildings".

And another park! There are several of these oases downtown.

Josephus Daniels
Josephus Daniels

Josephus Daniels (May 18, 1862 – January 15, 1948) was a newspaper editor and publisher from North Carolina who was appointed by United States President Woodrow Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Navy during World War I. He was also a close friend and supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt and served as his Ambassador to Mexico.

Josephus Daniels, one of three sons born to Josephus and Mary Cleves Seabrook Daniels, was born in Washington, North Carolina, May 18, 1862. The elder Josephus, his father, was a shipbuilder for the Confederacy and was killed before his son was three years of age.

In 1913, Mr. Daniels was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Wilson.

Daniels, a man of humble origin, undertook to reform the Navy in the interest of the common seaman. He insisted on promotion from within the ranks, inaugurated the service-wide practice of making 100 of the most capable enlisted men eligible for the Naval Academy each year. Daniels fought what he called “the fetish of seniority.”

In his ruling that no wines or liquors be served aboard ships of the U.S. Navy, he ran headlong into trouble with the “gentlemen of the service.” Secretary Daniels stood by his decisions and eventually won high praise from most of the top ranking admirals, as well as with the Navy’s enlisted men.

Naval legend has it that the term “Cup of Joe" began when sailors, now denied of their daily ration of alcohol, raised a cup of coffee in mock tribute to Josephus.

The Memorial Site was dedicated on May 6, 2006, in Nash Square, Raleigh, NC.

This is a great tribute to people who put themselves in harm's way often.

Quite often their own money is spent getting to a traumatic event.

There are many, many hours of training that fire-fighters have to go through.

Firefighters make a lot of sacrifices- including their lives.

Gloria is praying.
Gloria is praying.

Here is a Sunday Morning Chapel for worship, reflection, study, beauty, peace...

So I rested a bit in Nash Park here.

I worked on some sudoku and crypto-quote puzzles.

This young lady and I spoke as I passed.

As I was leaving we spoke again and our conversation grew.

She is Gloria. She is from Colombia. She is a Messianic Jew.

She speaks a couple of languages already and is studying Hebrew.

She is a very spiritual person.

Isn't this a serendipitous world?!

She is delightful!

Raleigh Sunday Morning Coming Down
Raleigh Sunday Morning Coming Down

So you might try a walk such as this urban hike of Downtown Raleigh.

Food will always be close but you might pack some water to take along.

Wear comfortable cushioned shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.

There are parking spots easier to find on Sundays and other times.

Many of the parks offered at least one hour parking.

I parked away from the Capital area and I intended to walk a lot toward my "goal".

Check for local construction or events, or be adventurous.

Look around and take note of the tallest buildings and use them for reference.

Make the trip educational, interesting, and fun.

Sit under a tree, even if just for moments.

Make a point to watch a squirrel or bird being themselves.

Be an active participant in your environment.

Relate to another brother or sister.

Feel free.

Micky Dee

Then try "A Walk Around Downtown Durham"!

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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

I loved this. I've been to North Carolina and it is absolutely beautiful. It gets mighty hot there in summer though. But it is a beautiful state. Nice hub about it.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Bobbi. It was steamy this summer! God bless my Dear!

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

Brother, I want you to know you just made my day with this hub. I totally like the visual stuff with just enough info to explain what I'm looking at. Love Gloria and Sunday Morning Coming Down. Here's a tidbit that speaks volumes that I'd like to share with you. Of the 3,463 Medals of Honor awarded as of April 2007[update], 88 have been awarded to 87 different African American recipients.[1] Robert Augustus Sweeney is one of only 19 men, and the only African American, to be awarded two Medals of Honor.[2] Seems the hero's were of a similar color. Well what do you know? Peace!! Tom

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo yo Brother Man! I'm glad you liked the hub and Gloria. Isn't she something?! She's too smart for me! She reads Hebrew! She is more religious than I've ever been and I envy that. However, I do not see myself being tied to religions. Groups get rowdy.

I didn't know that about the Medals of Honor. God bless you Justom!!!

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

The war memorials tugged a bit at the heart strings, but this sure was a fantastic piece of work, Micky. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you God bless

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Dim! Thank you Dear! God bless

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

One of my favorite states to drive through when I was trucking in my 18 wheeler. Its a beautiful state and these terrific pictures you took concurs that. Brings history to life, thanks Micky your a real gem and a dam fine photographer at that. peace my brother.

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Voted this up and gave it an awesome vote too, it deserved it. You have put together the great photos and text in an interesting way - it really was like discovering the place on a walk. Thank you Micky - for sharing another fantastic Hubpage.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo saddlerider!!! Driving an 18 wheeler can be tedious so many times but it can a beautiful education. I hope you write more about your 18 wheeling days! God bless Brother Man!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you 2uesday. I do so appreciate you. God bless you Ma'am!

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Raleigh has so many monuments. More then most cities I know. I do not know that many. Wonderful hub here. I really loved it. thanks for doing this. !aloha

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Kimberly!!! Thanks for the video my Dear!!!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Sa'ge my Dear! Aloha Dear Sa'ge!

Always Exploring 6 years ago


I had no idea that Raleigh , n. Carolina was so beautiful. I esp. enjoyed the statues, my favorite, the one with the African American. The churches were big as usual. I loved the song. I miss church music. I wish we had churches like i went to as a child. This is different for you and it is good. God bless you micky

Love and peace

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Always!!! I knew you would love the song. God bless you Always!

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mic, aye! a great photo journey around and about with history lesson for free as well! You've out done yourself here. It was received with a smile. Sorta makes a feller wonder about being an isolationist, that much is slipping by. I would love to visit these places but know I couldn't stay. Thanks for a great preview, voted up across the board, dust

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Dusty Dude! These are pretty places and cool oases. God bless!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Oh, I felt like a tourist! Beautiful buildings and statues. Good quality photos. I really enjoyed this walk around Downtown Raleigh. Thanks for letting me walk with you!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Loved the video too!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you for walking around town with me Martie. It's a great walk!

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Micky, what a great tour! I love all the statues, it is a bit like London, for that, but the ones I like were the army ones and the statues where they looked like they were walking out of a park or down a step, fantastic I feel that I have been there now! well done on the fantastic photos, cheers nell

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

There are some very beautiful photographs here, Micky. It looks a very nice town to live. Peaceful and friendly.

Thank you.

Nice monument to MickyDee! :-)

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Nell, my Belle! Thank you for "touring" with me Nell! Cheers!!!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi PrettyBird! It does seem to be a home grown city. I live about 35 miles or so from there.

You noticed the monument to Micky!!! God bless Hummingbird!

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Micky, for your walk around town Raleigh NC, I'm so use to the bike rides. Thank you for your walk and your panoramic views of Raleigh. Thank for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Faye! I am so glad you had a good time! God bless my Dear!

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

I really enjoy these types of hubs from you, you're taking us for a free and amazing ride :)

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Thank you for the virtual tour - that was fabulous - the pictures are wonderful!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Blaise! Thank you Dear for dropping by.

Thank you akirchner! God bless you both!

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Going walkabout with you, bro', is a simply marvellous experience! The pix are awesome too. The church pictured above the caption "Isn't this a work of art?!" is very similar to the so-called "Moederkerk (Mother Church)" Dutch Reformed Church in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Thanks for taking me with you again!

Love and peace


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Tony Brother Man! I almost called this "Walk-about Downtown". Yo Brother Tony- go walkabout and tell me about it. God bless!

Denizee 6 years ago

Very inspiring, your photos are wonderful - I love how they blend the structures of that era, with modern buildings - it's very beautiful - Nice to meet you,

impressed by such a great Hub.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Denizee. It's nice to meet you. You're a great writer!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

How great Micky Dee (love the statue erected for you!

My plan is to move to NC within the next couple years to retire. I have family all over NC including Raleigh. Now my only thing is will I go mad or finally understand why so many of my relative never left). As a native New Yorker - those quiet streets on a Sunday I just cannot imagine. I love the cobblestones and the shops and the sidewalks with no people. I've even thought of living a bit out of the city limits but more than likely I will melt down.

But it's nice to enjoy your tour of Raleigh - and the idea of riding a bike around without thinking about getting mowed down by a car is kind of amazing. Wow!

Great hub about one of my favorite states filled with so many fond memories and future possibilities. Rated up!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

BkCreative!!! Move to Hillsborough! This is the "hapnin' place. Actually there are many cute little towns all over this are. Pittsboro is becoming a suburb of Raliegh, Durham, etc. So many cute little places that are being "revived". The music here is some of the best- anywhere. If, when, you move make sure your commutes aren't too crazy. I-40 is too busy and dangerous to be in every afternoon.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW what a beautiful, proud and reflective place, thanks for sharing. Peace :)

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Katie! Thank you for walking with me! Peace Sister!

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triosol 6 years ago

Thanks for your virtual tour. like your writing style. Cheers.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi triosol! Thank you Ma'am! I'll come see you!

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

This was absolutely GREAT! Loved seeing Raleigh, NC through your camera lens while you were walking around the parks and downtown. So pretty, peaceful and uncrowded. Not at all like Houston! All of those many statues are beautiful and BTW...that is not "your" statue. It is in honor of your squirrels! Hitting every button! You are a wonderful photographer even off of your bike. :-)

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Peggy, you are so wonderful to me. I wish I were half the photographer you are. God bless Dear!

Hephzibah 4 years ago

What a sorprise seen my picture there.

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Micky Dee 4 years ago Author

Cool beans Hephzibah.

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