Forgotten NC

Showing the beauty in the abandoned. Documenting forgotten North Carolina before Mother Nature reclaims it. Because when it's gone, it's gone.
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Brock Mill | Trenton, NC

Brock Mill in Jones County is certainly not a site that is easy to miss or fallen into such disrepair that Mother Nature has begun to reclaim it. In fact, it is in great shape and can be visited daily.

The original mill was built on this site before the Revolutionary War. According to the NC Cooperative Extension, the land was originally deeded in 1738 or 1739. The land was sold in 1779 and again in 1796. After changing hands, and names, several times over the next 100 years, Mr. Brock purchased the site (1900), which became a grist mill in 1861. Cornmeal, grits and cracked corn were produced here and a sawmill was on-site. 

In 1917, a turbine generator was installed to provide electricity for the town of Trenton until a larger utility company moved in.

Today, the building and pond can be viewed daily. The building itself is undergoing some restoration and repair to the interior. Here’s to hoping it can be enjoyed for another few hundred years!

(http://jones.ces.ncsu.edu/2013/04/did-you-know-brock-mill-history/)

Fresh Start

Let me be the first to admit, I have been really slack with this blog. When I started, I wanted to add a new entry every 2-3 days. Shortly after, I decided weekly. And before I knew it, I was going 2 months without a fresh post. I got overwhelmed with other projects and put Forgotten NC on the back burner. That’s not to say that I don’t have a lot of archived photos from throughout 2013 saved up and ready to go- I probably have 3 dozen locations. I have done a better job with updating the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/forgottennc), but it’s on me for not having the initiative to hop on here and write. So, readers and viewers, allow me to vow to make 2014 a fresh start here. I’ll do my absolute best to post frequently (at least once a week). So without further ado, here is our first post of the year-

Marshallberg, NC | Carteret County

I took a day to drive around Down East and cut through Marshallberg on my way back toward home. After spending a bit of time in the harbor shooting old boats and just relaxing, I noticed this old house across the street. What a grand house it must have been in its prime. It would have had a view across the harbor, probably a bustling place at the time, and a view of splendid sunsets across the water. Today, it stands surrounded by brush and old trees. A reminder of the past.

Somewhere, Under the Rainbow

With photography, 75% of the battle is luck. For this shot, I got lucky by being in the right place at the right time. One of the most vivid rainbows I had seen formed across the sky and ahead of me I saw this old homestead. With some bright backlighting of the setting sun, this dramatic scene unfolded.

Lenoir Co., North Carolina

(c)2013 Zach Frailey

A few examples of old painted advertising around Eastern NC that I’ve come across in recent months. At top, a Pepsi-Cola advertisement on a barn behind the Tyndall Tractor Museum in Pink Hill. Below that, a newer Coca Cola sign on Trader’s Store in Havelock. In Greeneville’s old tobacco district, I came across an old Pepsi sign tucked away in a narrow alley. Below the Pepsi text, someone had scribbled ‘soda is wack.’ Gave me a good chuckle (see in full screen mode here). Lastly, there is a highly visible Dr. Pepper tobacco barn near the Lenoir/Greene County line that I pass frequently. After stopping to chat with the landowner, he let me tramp out into his collard field and take some shots of it. There are still remnants of tobacco curing days inside the barn.

Once Was Home | Craven County


While driving along a stretch of road that I had been all around before, but not actually on, I noticed this old home right up against the highway. Located on Spring Garden Road, just off of 43 outside of New Bern, this house is overshadowed by it’s neighbor. Just up the street sits what is probably the most photographed abandoned house in the county. If you’ve driven on 43, you’ve certainly seen the big old house at the intersection there.

Anyway, I shot a few frames of the house at the intersection, which probably won’t ever see the web, before heading down to this house. It doesn’t appear to have been abandoned for too terribly long, but long enough to become slightly overgrown. In the color version, the roof and windows are a washed out red, which was pretty eye catching.

I chose to go with a black and white textured processed version mainly to add to the moodiness of the vegetation. Most times I either come across a house that has no trees or weeds around it, or is completely overrun to the point that you can barely see the home. This one’s ‘middle staged overgrowth’ just made it feel a bit more spooky. As if someone could possibly still be in there…living under the radar. Spooky…

Homestead 


Near the Lenoir/Greene County line stands this old home. Usually, there are old utility poles or old wire hanging from these old houses signifying that electricity was once there. I didn’t notice any here. The field, house and lack of power reminded me of some old homestead you’d see out in the midwest. The golden sunset light didn’t hurt either :-)

Cabooses at Rest | Greenville, North Carolina

Note- I had to actually look up what the plural of “caboose” is.

In Greenville, NC, in a little siding along the railroad, rests a row of rusting (though I wouldn’t yet call them rusted) cabooses. They appear to be Canadian in origin and from what I can dig up on the web, they’re for sale. Once covered in graffiti, they were hastily repainted with some sort of pink-ish primer. If you ask me, the graffiti was cooler.

These rest near the intersection of S. Memorial Drive and Moye Blvd. and are easily spotted from the road. Just look down the railroad track at the Memorial Dr. crossing.

As always, if you have more info to share, drop me a line and I’ll add to the story.

A not-too-long forgoten farm in Pamlico County, near Oriental.