>>>FREDDY SNOW GREW UP IN
DOBSON AND MADE A SIMPLE BUT HARD LIFE OF FARMING AND WORK AT
A LOCAL SAWMILL. HE EVEN SERVED TIME IN THE
MILITARY AS A COOK FOR A WHILE. ALL ALONG, HE JUST COULDN’T HELP
COLLECTING STUFF, ANTIQUES, PARTS OF OLD JAIL CELLS, TRAIN
DEPOTS AND SUCH. WELL, HE FINALLY FOUND A USE FOR
THOSE THINGS, AND EVERYTHING HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY, AND
VISITORS, BRIDES AND LOVERS OF COUNTRY COOKING ARE REALLY GLAD
HE DID. COME WITH US TO A LITTLE-KNOWN
SPOT IN SURRY COUNTY CALLED THE DEPOT AT CODY CREEK.>>WE ARE A MILE SOUTH OF DOBSON
ON HIGHWAY 601, 4 MILES OFF OF 77. THERE’S 40 ACRES OF PROPERTY
HERE. I’VE BEEN HERE DEVELOPING ON IT
FOR 35 YEARS PROBABLY. IT WAS A TOBACCO FARM BACK IN
THE ’70s, AND IT WAS A CATTLE PASTURE FOR FOUR YEARS. SO WE TOOK THE COWS OUT AND ALL
THE SAWMILLS. WE STARTED BUILDING SOME
BUILDINGS HERE. FIRST THING I KNOW, WE ENDED UP
WITH A RESTAURANT, AND WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT DRIVE A HUNDRED MILE
RADIUS ON WEEKENDS TO COME VISIT US. I’M ORIGINALLY FROM RIGHT HERE A
MILE UP THE ROAD. I HAVE A LOT OF LOCAL FRIENDS
THAT HAVE HELPED ME OVER THE YEARS. AND MOST ALL THE LUMBER HERE
CAME OFF OF SOME OF THIS PROPERTY, SOME OF IT IS 10 MILES
AWAY. IT’S ALL WHITE PINE. IT IS WHAT IT IS.>>AND WHAT IT IS IS QUITE
BEAUTIFUL. CODY CREEK IS NOT ONLY A
MUST-SEE DESTINATION IN SURRY COUNTY. IT’S A MUST-STAY. WITH FOUR COZY CABINS, EACH MADE
TO ACCOMMODATE TWO ADULTS, IT’S PERFECT FOR VISITORS TOURING
NEARBY WINERIES AND VINEYARDS. THESE CABINS ARE ALSO GREAT FOR
THE MANY HONEYMOONERS WHO CHOOSE CODY CREEK FOR THEIR WEDDING
VENUE. RIGHT ON THE PROPERTY, FREDDY
HAS BUILT A SMALL CHAPEL THAT CAN SEAT UP TO 100 GUESTS. THE INSIDE WITH ANTIQUE STAINED
GLASS WINDOWS IS REMINISCENT OF THE LATE 19th CENTURY AND HIGHLY
SOUGHT AFTER BY MODERN BRIDES WHO WANT A TOUCH OF RUSTIC
CHARM. AND FOR THE BRIDE’S RECEPTION,
TWO OPTIONS, THE CLUBHOUSE FOR INTIMATE GATHERINGS FEATURES A
HANDCRAFTED GAZEBO THAT OVERLOOKS A POND AND A GRACIOUS
POOLSIDE PATIO THAT HAPPENS TO BE THE OWNER’S PERSONAL
RESIDENCE. A SECOND OPTION IS THE GRAND
BANQUET HALL. THIS SPACE CAN HOLD UP TO 300
GUESTS AND IS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE WITH ILLUSION BALCONIES AND THE
WARM GLOW OF NATURAL HARDWOOD. AS YOU CAN SEE, CODY CREEK IS
JUST A BEAUTIFUL SPACE WHETHER IT’S FOR A SPECIAL EVENT OR JUST
TO COME OUT AND STROLL THE GROUNDS. BUT FOR MOST FOLKS, THEY’RE
COMING OUT HERE FOR THE BIG ATTRACTION. THE DEPOT AT CODY CREEK IS
FREDDY SNOW’S SIGNATURE FAMILY-RUN RESTAURANT, SO NAMED
FOR THE SANFORD TRAIN DEPOT WHOSE PARTS FREDDY PURCHASED AND
YOU’LL FIND INCORPORATED THROUGHOUT.>>HEY, THE ATMOSPHERE IS JUST
WONDERFUL. FOOD’S GREAT. IT’S JUST A RELAXING, ENJOYABLE.>>I LOVE THE FOOD, THE
ATMOSPHERE, AND YOU’LL ALWAYS SEE SOMEBODY YOU KNOW.>>WE HAVE RIBS, STEAK, CHICKEN,
SEAFOOD, SALADS, AND THEN ON SUNDAY, WE DO A HOMESTYLE MENU,
CHICKEN PIE, CHICKEN CASSEROLE, POT ROAST, MEATLOAF, FRIED
CHICKEN, AND THEN THE HOMEMADE VEGETABLES, PINTO BEANS, SWEET
POTATO CASSEROLE, HASHED BROWN CASSEROLE, BROCCOLI CASSEROLE,
ABOUT 11 DIFFERENT VEGETABLES BESIDES THAT. THEN WE HAVE THIS AMAZING
BROCCOLI CORNBREAD WITH JALAPENOS AND CHEESE. WE ASK PEOPLE WHEN THEY’RE
COMING OUT WHAT COUNTY ARE YOU FROM, AND THERE WERE 30
DIFFERENT COUNTIES ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. WE ASKED A LOT OF THEM WHAT THEY
CAME FOR, WHAT HAD THEY HEARD GOOD, AND IT’S RIBS, FALL OFF
THE BONE RIBS. WE HAVE HOMEMADE DESSERTS. EVERYTHING’S MADE BY MY DAUGHTER
AND MYSELF. CHEESECAKES, PIES, CAKES, ALL
DIFFERENT DESSERTS, AND THEY’RE MADE FRESH DAILY. HER NAME IS KAYLA. SHE PUTS HER HEART IN EVERY
DESSERT.>>KAYLA’S NOT THE ONLY FAMILY
MEMBER. YOU’LL SEE SEVERAL OF FREDDY’S
CLAN WORKING AT THE DEPOT AND NEXT DOOR AT YET ANOTHER OF
FREDDY’S BUILDINGS, THE GENERAL STORE. HERE HIS GRANDSON JACOB WILL
MAKE YOU A HAND-DIPPED ICE CREAM CONE, AND YOU’LL FIND ANTIQUE
AND GIFT ITEMS OF VARIOUS KINDS. ONCE YOU DISCOVER THIS
NOT-SO-LITTLE SPOT INSIDE THE YADKIN RIVER VALLEY, IT MIGHT BE
THE HOMESTYLE COOKING OR THE PEACEFULLY PICTURESQUE
SURROUNDINGS LIKE MANY FIRST-TIMERS TO CODY CREEK,
YOU’LL LIKELY TELL A FRIEND, AND YOU’LL BE BACK AGAIN. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND” IN
SURRY COUNTY, I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL.