The past is the present in eastern North Carolina

Reminders of the past are abundant in eastern North Carolina. Explore some of the region’s secondary roads and you’ll get the impression that the present has been a little slower to arrive here than in the rest of the state.

Driving through the region's off-the-beaten-path towns is like stepping into the past.

This fading sign on a brick wall in the little town of Everetts recalls the days when tobacco was the region’s primary cash crop. Tobacco fields still dot the landscape, but cotton fields are becoming more predominant.

This building in downtown Robersonville once housed a bank. It's a miniaturized version of classic early 20th-century skyscrapers designed by architect Louis H. Sullivan.

I've been fascinated by earth moving equipment since I was a little kid. Here's a road grader that may date back to the 1920s. It was pulled by a tractor. The grader operator rode on the back of the machine, using the big wheels to position the grading blade. Now, the grader sits by the road near a farm.

This simple, handsome wood-frame building in Hamilton housed the local Masonic Lodge. I'm guessing that it's late 19th or early 20th century.

Small family cemeteries are a common sight. Some of them are well-kept; others show the effects of time.

Some of the buildings have been renovated and put to new uses. This building in downtown Plymouth was built around 1850 and housed the Hampton Academy. Now, it's being used as a spa.

Other buildings, however, are slowly being overtaken by time and the elements. These buildings once housed a thriving rural business district. Now, they're abandoned.


Frank Jump said...

Love the pic of the fading ad. I have a blog about them. Mind if I feature your pic?

Frank Jump


esavage said...

Hi, my husband and I own the old Masonic lodge you have pictured in Hamilton. It was built sometime in the 1850's

Donna Campbell Smith said...

I attended first grade at (1953)Hampton Academy in Plymouth, NC. Lovely picture of it with snow - rare. I recently wrote a memoir piece at http://hubpages.com/hub/Hampton-Academy which describes the ole school days.