Back roads of central North Carolina

February 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I took a trip recently to Cameron, North Carolina for a photography workshop.  I shared the weekend adventure with my Mother-in-law Sonja and her best friend Phyllis.  We left the beach on Friday and took some of the back roads.  I must agree with Phyllis that it was more entertaining than I-95 was - just going through all the small towns was a treat!

 

Johnston County - Named for Gabriel Johnson, governor of North Carolina, 1734-1752

 

  • Micro - Population 537 and home to 7 churches.  It is a small town with a BIG heart! For more info: http://www.micro-nc.com
  • Selma - Born as a railroad town, it still supports AMTRAK service at the Mitchener Station built in 1855.  Considered the oldest train station in North Carolina.  for more info: www.selma-nc.com

 

 

  • Four Oaks - home to House Autry Mills and the best seafood breeder around. The history of the mill started back in 1812 when the House family came to America from England.  They ported in Wilmington and ferried up the Cape Fear River, then by oxcart and mules to the town of Newton Grove.  In 1967, the House mill merged with the Brothers Mill and formed House-Autry. They relocated to Four Oaks in 2001, just northeast of Newton Grove. For more info: http://www.house-autry.com

 

  • Benson - Scenic little Americana town with beautiful victorian houses of many colors and over 30 churches with stained glass and steeples so high they are reaching to the heavens. For more info: http://www.townofbenson.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harnett County - Named for Cornelius Harnett, Revolutionary patriot that was the president of the Provincial Council, the Council of Safety and a Delegate to the Continental Congress.

 

  • Coats - "The story of Coats begins with an ambitious 26-year-old. He was James T. Coats, who bought 700 acres of farming land here in Harnett County and set up a general store. The store attracted other farmers as well as the railroad. With growth at the dawning of the 20th century, his modest plot of land became the Town of Coats, with Mr. Coats himself its first citizen." For more info: www.coatsnc.org 

 

  • Buies Creek - Home to CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY...woohoo! Found as Buies Creek Academy in 1887 by James Archibald Campbell, a NC preacher who believed that no student should be denied admission because of lack of funds. Over 125 years of a proud heritage, Campbell University is still committed to its mission of providing students with a christian worldview and a charge to be "the salt and the light of the world". For more info: http://www.campbell.edu  

 

 

  • Lillington - the County seat, on the Cape Fear River is named in honor of Alexander Lillington, another Revolutionary patriot. Before the Revolutionary war, immigrants from the west side of Scotland came to the Carolinas looking for land similar to their homeland. Archibald Buie was from the Isle of Jura and was the first settler.  For more info: http://www.lillingtonnc.com

 

  • Mamers - Gateway to Raven Rock State Park. Geological feature of the park is a massive rock outcrop 152 feet high, jutting out at a 45 degree angle over the Cape Fear River. Highland trees and shrubs mix with typical Piedmont vegetation and it is home to the largest salamander population east of the North Carolina mountains. For more info: http://www.ncparks.gov/visit/parks/raro/main/php

 

 

  • Ryes, Seminole, Broadway and finally our destination of Sanford:) WOW what an adventurous afternoon.

 

 

Do you feel like you have just taken a history lesson online?  

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try traveling with two retired teachers...they have taught me so much and I felt that I need to share more than just my photos of the trip.  

Sonja and Phyllis are seasoned world travelers and I am so happy that they wanted to take a trip with me...I feel so honored!                                                                                            

The return trip was much of the same, just on the other side of the car and Mom stopped more along the way to let me capture the beauty of this land.

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