This past weekend was GORGEOUS, so The Man and I decided to head to the NC Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC. It isn’t too far of a drive, and we could be out getting some vitamin D!
But alas, when we got to the gate it was closed! The ice storms earlier in the week had taken a toll, and there was too much tree damage to allow visitors. Damn! Well, we got free tickets to come back, good for a year.
Since we drove an hour to get there, we decided to explore Asheboro. We looked up local breweries, but it is a dry county. We did find the start of one, Four Saints Brewery, but it lacked funding and is fighting the city to have rights to sell alcohol. Another disappointment.
I took that as a sign that not much was going on in Asheboro, but it did have some great buildings…..most abandoned.
It at one point, seemed to have a future. A center street lined with shops, and a textile mill located nearby. All too familiar of a typical Southern town…to me anyway. The Man seemed a bit stunned about the lack of anything.
At any rate, it was gorgeous weather, and we got to spend some time enjoying it.
As the days are growing shorter and colder, I have had a hard time finding inspiration! A hike with my two favorite gals last weekend was just what I needed. Beignet, Roo and I headed over to the New Hope Overlook trail around Jordan Lake. It is one of my favorites, and not many people seem to go on it. I didn’t realize that the New Hope Overlook had any historical value until I stopped at the trailhead sign. It was settled by the Scottish Highlanders in the 1700’s and saw action in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Archaeologists have explored the remains of over 450 prehistoric and historic sites, as well as many Native American artifacts. Cool, huh? As for me and my dogs, well we just liked the scenery and quiet.
I am absolutely obsessed with anything old, expecially houses and buildings, but y’all know that! This guy has me beat! He has taken that love and turned it into forgottennc.com. Needless to say, this gal is in heaven! How can such wonderful pieces of history an architecture be lost and abandoned? Doesn’t anyone have any emotional attachment to their family’s home, or in this case historical talisman? I often wonder the situations around the negect and abandonment. Take the Mattamuskeet Lodge pictured on his website. What an amazing building and history it has! Not only was it the largest pumping station in the world in 1915, it was reopened in 1937 as one of the premier hunting lodges, AND it seems to be on the historical register. Now how in heaven can a place that has seen so much be left to the wolves. Maybe that is what is wrong with todays society, not learning from the past. At any rate, it is fascinating, at least to me.
Here is more great info on the Mattamuskeet Lodge: