Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Duck Dynasty is the Best Family Show on TV - Where are they located?

  • Where is Duck Commander / Deer Commander located?

  • Where do Phil Robertson and the rest of the duck men reside?

  • Check out Phil Robertson's US patents.

Duck Dynasty The beards are back.
Click image to buy Season 2 from Amazon.
Image courtesy of Amazon.
Duck Dynasty: Season 1 has been in my Netflix queue for months now and keeps getting skipped over. Recently it finally showed up in the mailbox. Yeah I know, I don't have cable and my satellite internet can't handle streaming or at least my bandwidth allowance prohibits streaming Netflix.

That's what you get when you live in the country I guess. DSL is 2 miles down the road but AT&T says they don't know when it might be available to us. Anyway, that's another post altogether. [Update: We have DSL now. Yay!]

My family has now finished watching the whole first season and now my 4 year old is giving tips on how to "chill down" bees with smoke (see episode 10 called "Plan Bee"). I asked him where he learned that and he tells me Ducks Dynasty. He even goes around saying "Happy, Happy, Happy!"

Basically we find the whole Robertson clan very fascinating and it is just refreshing to see God talked about and prayer on national TV! If you Google "Phil Robertson" you will find that he has a pretty interesting back story. He played football for LSU and apparently played ahead of Terry Bradshaw and even had better stats. It is also reported that he turned down playing in the NFL for the Redskins because it interfered with duck hunting season. It's pretty neat to see that he still became successful in life.

I realize Phil may have had some dark years before he found the Lord but he has obviously turned from that lifestyle for 30 or 40 years now and I won't talk about it here. 

I decided to see where these guys were located in Louisiana so I began a search to find out where the Buck Commander and Duck Commander company headquarters is located and I also found out where Phil Robertson's home is located. I am still trying to locate Willie and Jase's homes and maybe even Uncle Si. If I find them I will update the article. [UPDATE: I believe I have found them. I think I may create a new post as this one is getting a little long.] If anyone knows leave a post below. Here is what I found so far:

View Larger Map   Location of Duck Commander (A) and Phil Robertson home (B).

It is interesting to note that the Duck Commander / Deer Commander headquarters was not located at 117 Kings Lane, West Monroe, LA, 71292 in April 2009 which is the date that Google says the street view image was taken. It is obvious, if you've seen the show and with a quick internet search for the address, that this is the building they are currently located in. It is also obvious this building was vacant in April 2009.

[July 30, 2014 Update: Google Maps have been updated now and the imaging above is from April 2013. I should have made a screen shot of the 2009 imagery because the building was obviously vacant and had weeds growing around it and no Duck Commander Buck Commander sign on it. I believe it even had a For Sale sign out front.]

If you click "View Larger Map" on the map above the Duck Commander business is point "A". Point "B" is Phil and Kay Robertson's home located at 538 Mouth of Cypress Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292. The Google map below pulls that out separately. The street view imaging is again from April 2009 and note the sign at the edge of the driveway. It says DUCK COMMANDER (can't read the next word) and then it looks like it says SHIPPING.

I didn't figure this out from Phil's slip-up on Jimmy Kimmel in which he gave out his address. I found it on his US patents. More on that at the end of the story.

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Duck Commander sign at Phil's driveway
from Google street view screen
grab circa April 2009.

It appears that 4 years and three months ago the company was still located in Phil's backyard. In the show, Willy acts like it has been 10 years since Phil had helped out at Duck Commander. Maybe the producers changed the story a little?

I have read that the year before (2011) the show started they sold 60,000 duck calls a year and last year (2012) they sold 600,000 duck calls. They have come a long way since the Google car went through there that's for sure. I am happy for them.

I don't know if my family will want to wait on Netflix to have Duck Dynasty: Season Two, Vol. 1 or Duck Dynasty: Season 3.

It might be next year before we'd get to see them if we wait on Netflix. I am not trying to knock Netflix by the way. I am sure that I am one of the few that still gets actual DVDs instead of streaming. I may have to go ahead and buy them soon. My 4 year old son just asked me if we still had them. He gives me "thumbs up" a lot more now. I just realized maybe he got that from Phil too. I guess I better order the DVD's soon.

UPDATE: Since I mentioned the Jimmy Kimmel interview check it out here for yourself:

Also, for those that are interested, I found three US patents that Phil A. Robertson owns. See links below:

NOTE: Please don't take this information to mean you should go camp outside their business and/or home. With the power of the internet, these days, we can go on a trip and see different places without actually going there. It's just fun and was publicly found. I just put the info in one place to save you some time. I am fascinated with these guys (and gals) just like most of America. Please be respectful of their property and if you go to their business carry some money with you. They have a store that is open to the public. Buy a t-shirt or two and a duck call while you are there.

Or just go to their website at

You can also buy their merchandise here: Duck Commander on AMAZON.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Skirmish at Intersection of Palmetto and Church Streets

A Civil War skirmish occurred here in 1865 at the intersection
of Palmetto and Church Streets in Florence, SC.

While traveling through Florence a while back, I shot this picture while waiting at the stoplight where Church Street crosses Palmetto Street. I have lived here my whole life and never noticed it before but apparently it was placed there in 1949. Maybe you've missed it too. The marker reads:

Early in 1865 an advance guard of
Sherman's Army sent to liberate
the prisoners in the stockade was
met at this point by a company of
Confederates under Captain
Augustus Edwards and was defeated
with the loss of one life, that of
a Northern soldier.

Erected by the Chapters of the U.D.C.
(U.D.C. stands for United Daughters of the Confederacy)
Florence, SC

This marker can be found here:

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Remember penny candy?

Drew with his worn out sack of candy given to him by grandpa.

My husband Thomas and I have ten grandchildren. The youngest are 4 years old and 9 months old.  We also have a new little girl, Addi, in utero with an ETA sometime in September.

Tom has truly enjoyed spoiling these little guys. He always brings a hidden treat and Drew is definitely on the lookout for it every time he sees his Grandpa.

Last week Tom decided to put the candy in a little brown paper sack and he even tied a string around the end of it for some reason. Boy was it a hit. The bag has been treasured by Drew and carried everywhere he goes. For some reason it has caused him to save some candy to eat later too.

He has worn the bag out to the point it got a hole in the bottom that his dad had to tape up. Later Tom and I were laughing and talking about the little sweetheart and and how he has treasured his “candy sack” when I asked Tom:

Do you remember when you could fill a bag with penny candy for a dime?

Well, I had my laptop near by, so I picked it up and began documenting as Tom told this story. I so enjoyed it, that I decided to share it here,

So here it is:

As told by my hubby Thomas.

Oh yes,  I remember penny candy. I remember every week Aunt Rudell (White) would come to check on Grandma and Grandpa (her parents) and she would always stop by and get us kids, all 7 of us, and head to Cousin Cora Yarborough's store. We all loved to see her come.

She was like a big kid herself and she really enjoyed carrying us to the store to buy us candy.  As a kid I never thought much about where the money came from or how generous Aunt Rudell was. I just knew she loved me and I loved her.
Yarborough's Crossroads as it looks now. Arrow marks where the
  store once was. This is located at the intersection of Philadelphia Rd
and Lawson Grove Rd in Darlington County, SC.

The store was at Yarborough's crossroads about 2 miles from where we lived. Yarborough’s Crossroads was at  the intersection of Philadelphia Rd and Lawson Grove Rd in Darlington County SC.

There was a gas pump out front. It was a little wood sided store, with a shop building on one side. Cousin Otis did blacksmith work there. The store had a wooden floor and a double set of wooden screen doors with big handles that had Merita Bread painted on them and they would spring closed with a slam.

She sold chicken and hog feed in cloth bags (later to be recycled into little girl dresses). Folks would sit on the bags of feed and drink their 6 oz Coca Cola in a green glass bottle and eat a "Moon Pie".

Right inside the door to the right was the drink box. Coca Cola, RC Cola, Pepsi and Red Rock were all there. Then there was a dairy/meat case where Cousin Cora kept the Cobel milk, bologna, and cheese. And there at the end was that wonderful huge glass case filled with penny candy.

Kids were asked not to put their hands on the glass, but we all did anyway. What an assortment!  Inside the case was Squirrel Nuts, Mary Janes, Caramel Creams, bubble gum, candy cigarettes, jawbreakers, malted milk balls, peppermint sticks, Tootsie Rolls, peanut butter logs, suckers and I am sure much more!

We each took our turn agonizing over our choices while Cousin Cora patiently waited, then she would pack up the goodies in a little paper sack.

Cousin Cora knew all us children by name and would have to hug each one of us as she gave us our sack of candy...and we each got our own separate bag. This was 65 years ago, and yet I remember it like it was yesterday…right down to that little brown paper sack all the candy went into.

 Oh, now I'm also  remembering on the last day of school (Old Philadelphia Community School) Cousin Cora would come to school driving her Kaiser (auto) with the back seat full of boxes of Popsicles in all flavors and she gave each child a Popsicle.

I did not care what flavor I got because I loved them all. What a COOL memory this is. It would pay for adults to remember they are making memories for children. So they should make good ones.

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