Look as hard as you may, you won't find Mitford, North Carolina. The small mountain town of 1,500 residents, where Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and all of your favorite Mitford characters live, is fictional. However, the author, a Lenoir North Carolina native herself, fashioned the town after the real town of Blowing Rock. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwest North Carolina, Blowing Rock has an historic downtown shopping area (just like Mitford) as well as a vibrant arts community. It also has a stone Episcopal church with a colorful garden (just like Mitford.) There's even a large mansion on a hill with an apple orchard (just like Sadie Baxter's Fernbank).
Wondering about the real life locations of other towns from the Mitford books, like Wesley and Holly Springs? Click here to go to the beginning of this tour.