This facade had, in my opinion, been an eyesore as it was totally incongruous with the rest of the town, but it had been there so long (1955) that I couldn't even remember what was behind it. So, when my mother and I were in North Carolina, I made a point to go up to see what was happening....and this is what we found.
What a beautiful, old building with character and charm! I loved it! As I was taking this photo, a couple approached and we began talking......they were there for the same reason! He had gone to school at Wadesboro High School and now lives in the Raleigh area. She was the wife of Luther Morris, a (deceased) distant cousin whom I really did not know. He mentioned that the movie theater had recently been renovated (which I also knew via the internet) and that it is now used for various programs.....and that if anyone was in the office next door, they would let us go inside and take a look. So the day turned into a tour of my hometown!
One of the buildings is now being used as a consignment shop......and the Belk building is part of the county government buildings.
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This pleasant little rest area, a DAR Memorial, takes us from the court house to the main square.
From the square, we look straight down the street in the opposite direction.
Along the "lower street" was the Ansonia, our local movie theater that closed many years ago, with the nearest one now being about 30+ miles away. It was good to hear that it had been renovated and was actually used. Unfortunately, the office was closed and we didn't get to go inside, but we will try again another day.
It was along this street (near where I am standing when this photo is taken) that my mother's friend Ada had her beauty shop (and lived in an apartment behind it). There was also a barber shop right beside it, along with a tea room. And at the corner was one of my favorite places.....Mack's Record Rack.
While this whole little tour was unplanned, it brought back childhood memories and a bit of sadness. It's sad to see those buildings languish...and good to see some effort being put into restoring and bringing some of them back. Wadesboro is probably typical of many small towns where businesses have moved to hideous, flimsy strip malls along the major thoroughfare, leaving the older, distinguished buildings standing empty and neglected. While there is much to be done, it's nice to see that there is some interest in reviving the city center and I hope it continues.
That ends the tour. Next time I'll give an update on the home front but thought you might like something different. Anyone else from a small town like Wadesboro??
Official Wadesboro web site
Wadesboro in Wikipedia