Monday, March 20, 2017


On our way to the Outer Banks Saturday, my wife said to me mind if we take a detour?  Of course, I responded.  So we checked out the small town of Bethel.  Unfortunately, there's not much more I can tell right now as I left my memory card for my camera at home; however, it was raining so I need to get back.  But something about the rainy overcast day would have been great for photos of a town that definitely has seen hard times.  I did get a pair of photos with my phone.  I definitely will be back - this time with a memory card for my camera.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sandy Plains

Sandy Plains is located in Northern Wake County along NC 50.  It is north of Falls Lake.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Royal is a community located on US 401 in Franklin County.


Kearney is a Franklin County community that was named in 1894 for Charlie B. Kearney.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Farmville Walkabout

Farmville is a small but growing town of about 4800 people.  It is located in Eastern Pitt County about halfway between Greenville and Wilson.  Farmville was settled around 1850 and originally named "New Town".  When the town incorporated in 1872, the name changed to Farmville.  Farmville's name comes from the fertile farming land that is found in the area.  Tobacco and traditional agriculture were the key items produced in the areas surrounding Farmville for decades.  Today, Farmville sees a revitalized downtown and growth as an outside community to the larger cities of Greenville and Wilson.  Downtown Farmville's historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.  The town is host to the Farmville Dogwood Festival that occurs the last weekend of April every year.

Downtown Farmville.
One of Downtown Farmville's key attractions is the Paramount Theatre.  The theatre, which was built in the 1920s and continued to show movies until 1978, is run by the Farmville Community Arts Council.  The volunteer group took control of the theatre in 1980 and over the next decade restore the theatre to a venue for performing arts, gallery exhibitions, and other events.

Paramount Theatre - Farmville
Farmville's downtown is also home to numerous restored buildings. A number of shops, professional offices, and restaurants can be found in many of these historic buildings.

Some more photos from around Farmville are below.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yadkin Road

This old historical marker was found within the right-of-way of the Pinehurst Traffic Circle.  It marks the route of the old Yadkin Road that began as a buffalo trail and evolved intro a trading path that would be used by British troops during the American Revolution and Union troops during the Civil War.

There are currently four of these markers still standing in Moore County - at the aforementioned Pinehurst Traffic Circle, Page Road, the entrance to Pinewild County club on NC 211, and in Manly at the Manly Presbyterian Church.  These markers date back to 1927 and were a result of a joint effort between Rassie Wicker and Leonard Tufts.  It is not known if more markers were produced and if they were erected anywhere else besides Moore County.

It is theorized that the Yadkin Road markers were inspired by the more ornate (Daniel) Boone Trail Highway markers that were erected in the western part of the state and eventually the entire country around the same period.

Save on Gas - Wilson County

Along US 264A east of Wilson is this abandoned gas station that was once known as 'Save On Gas'.  There's something about these photos that make you think it is located in the west along old US 66 than in Eastern North Carolina. It's one of my favorite finds.