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History rich off the beaten path

ance County’s big one may be months away, but tourism season is already at hand. In these par ts, little can compare to the annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine each October. It generates about $3 million in revenue and brings tens of thousands of people to hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The latest number for annual spending related to tourism was $42.75 million for the county, which was risen from the previous year. That means about $39 million is spread over the other 51 weeks. And about 300 jobs are directly related to tourism. The county, and its

many great of ferings in Vance County. Twenty-one listings dot the National Register of Historic Places, including sites in Henderson, Kittrell, Williamsboro, Harris Crossroads, Townsville and Middleburg. There are 16 points from the county on the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program. While Henderson Institute closed its doors for students with integration more than 40 years ago, the legacy of its place in the community remains alive and well. The school’s alumni regularly flood back into the city for a reunion, and the building is open for touring throughout the year.

MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch file photo

The building that houses the Henderson Institute museum is the only building that remains of the educational complex that once anchored the surrounding neighborhood. tourism, goes far beyond the annual roar of the engines and delightful

sights of automobiles from days gone by. Histor y is another of the

Kerr Lake, a product of the John H. Kerr Reser voir, came to fruition in 1952. It has been a draw for the community ever since, annually bringing in water enthusiasts of all types. From kids to seasoned tournament fishermen to those in the sunset of life, Kerr Lake attracts more than 1 million people each year. Water flows in from the Roanoke and Dan rivers. Tourists, however, are from ever ywhere. The area also includes countr y stores, a rock quarr y, a historical walking trail downtown, a confederate cemeter y and many unique businesses. And it is all within the boundaries of Vance County.

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Kerr Lake a star attraction year-round W ith spring’s arrival comes the return en masse to Kerr Lake. The state recreation area is a bustling major tourism attraction through the warmer months of the year and even sees use during the winter. Kerr Lake draws more than 1 million visitors annually, and it is well equipped to handle them. Five areas remain open throughout the year: J.C. Cooper Area 1 and Nutbush Campground Area 3 and the day-use areas at Bullocksville, Satter white Point and Nutbush. People can camp year-round at Nutbush and Satter white Point. Bullocksville, County Line and Henderson Point camping will be open in April (through the end of September). Camping also opens in April (through the end of October) at

Hibernia and Kimball Point. Park-goers can use shelters at Satter white Point, Bullocksville and Nutbush all year. Shelters will open in April at Hibernia, Kimball Point and Henderson Point. But the park area is more than just facilities. It is also filled with wildlife — and has multiple places where the state parks 2014 theme, the Year of the Lepidopteraft, can be celebrated. For the uninitiated, that’s a scientific term for the order of insects that include butterflies and moths. Butterfly gardens are maintained at the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area main office, County Line Park, Kimball Point and Nutbush Area 3. Kerr Lake even has a volunteer host program whereby local residents can interact with visitors and make

use of the facility for a month at a time. Prospective hosts are screened and, if approved, would be allowed to camp free for a month, provided they handle some regular maintenance requirements, like closing gates at night, being an ideal camper and helping with trash pickup. The spotlight might shine on Kerr Lake come holidays and the heat of summer, but don’t be fooled. It is fun-filled and worth the trip year-round.

Ten-year-old Josh Oliver jumps off a dock into Kerr Lake as he tries to beat the heat. Josh says he likes the cold water when it is hot outside. MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch file photo

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Spring and summer events in the Tri-County Vance County

April 5 Tobacco Bass Invitational Tournament Weigh-In: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson April 18 Bassmaster Weekend Series Registration & Meeting: Quality Inn Meeting facility   April 19 Bassmaster Weekend Series Tournament Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222   April 19 Carolina Anglers Trail Tournament Old North #6 Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramp, Kerr Lake Henderson   April 25 Meet Me In The Street Live Entertainment TBA: 5:30 8:30 p.m. Dancing in the street. Location: Historic Downtown Henderson Host: Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce (252) 438-8414   April 25 BFL Piedmont Division Tournament Registration & Meeting   April 26 BFL Piedmont Division Tournament Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222   April 26 Piedmont Bass Classic Team Bass Trail Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson   May 3 Piedmont Bass Classics Mini Trail Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson   May 3 Collins Inc. Bass Fishing Tournament Bass For Cash Series Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson 

May 10 Vance County Rescue Squad 3rd Annual Super Ball Golf Tournament Kerr Lake Country Club, 600 Hedrick Drive, Henderson Rain Date: May 17 25 Teams max with 4 members each. Entry fee: $50 per golfer or $200 a team Cash payouts: First-Place Team - $1,500 Second-Place Team - $1,000 Third-Place Team - $800 Fourth- and Fifth-Place Teams $300 All entries with entry fee must be received by April 27 Contact: Vance County Rescue Squad (252) 425-9515 or (252) 4387360 May 15 CATT Team Trail CATT Kerr #5 Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps Kerr Lake, Henderson   May 16 BFL Shenandoah Division Registration & Meeting Wal-Mart parking lot May 17 BFL Shenandoah Division Fishing Tournament Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake Host: Vance County Tourism Development Authority (252) 438-2222   May 16 NC High School State Championship Bass Fishing Meeting & Registration (TBA)   May 17 N.C. High School State Championship Bass Fishing Tournament Weigh-In: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222   May 16 NC High School State Championship Bass Fishing Meeting & Registration (TBA)   May 17 N.C. High School State Championship Bass Fishing Tournament Weigh-In: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222 

May 17 Kerr Lake Spring Art Show Registration Location: Vance-Granville Community College Contact: Leigh Brigham (252) 492-5281 May 17 Henderson-Vance Chess Club Tournament Contact: (252) 738-0375 or (252) 226-4224   May 17, 18 Carolina Sailing Club Championship Series Henderson Point, Kerr Lake 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guest sailors welcome   May 19-30 Kerr Lake Spring Art Show Sponsored by: Kerr Lake Arts Society Location: Vance-Granville Community College Contact: Leigh Brigham (252) 492-5281   May 21 Shriner’s Fish Fry – Benefits Crippled Children’s Hospital Contact: Brady Maddox, (252) 438-8568 or (252) 762-3136 Location: Old Winn Dixie Building, Raleigh Road (next door to the Dollar Tree)   May 24 Carolina Anglers Trail Old North #8 Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson   May 29 Meet Me In The Street Live Entertainment, Steve Owens & Summertime 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dancing in the street Location: Historic Downtown Henderson Host: Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, (252) 438-8414   May 30 Fishers of Men Registration & Meeting Team Event Location: TBA May 31 Fishers of Men Tournament Team Event Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramp, Kerr Lake, Henderson   May 30 BFL Piedmont Division Registration & Meeting Location to be announced 

May 31 BFL Piedmont Division Tournament New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host: Vance County Tourism Department June 1 Duke’s Children’s Hospital Charity Bike Ride Registration: Brewers Cycles Inc. Host: Brewers Cycles Inc. Contact: Chris Brewer, (252) 492-8553   June 8 Relay for Life Triathlon Bullocksville Park, Kerr Lake 8 a.m. Sponsored by: Vance County Relay for Life Contact: Pam Norwood, (252) 492-8047   June 13, 14 American Cancer Society -Vance County Relay for Life. Location: Southern Vance High School 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: James Baines (252) 767-9758 

June 14 Piedmont Bass Classics Team Bass Trail Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson June14, 15 57th Annual Governor’s Cup Regatta Sailing Regatta Henderson Point, Kerr Lake 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   June 21 CATT N.C. Championship Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host Motel: Quality Inn, (252) 430-6501 Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222 July 5 CATT Team Trail CATT Kerr #6 Weigh-in: Flemingtown Wildlife Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson

July 5 Independence Day Weekend Celebration, Satterwhite Point, Kerr Lake 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fireworks Entertainment: “The Sand Band” (Beach Music and Carolina Shag) Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music and food. Sponsored by: Vance County Tourism TDA (252) 438-2222 Admission fee will be charged at entrance Various vendors   July 12, 13 Henderson R/C Flyin Location: Old Bearpond Air Field, 1700 Bearpond Road Open to the public Free membership to all AMA members Hosted by: Henderson R/C Flying Club Contact: Charley Johnson, (252) 492-2642 or Cjohnson029@

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July 12 Henderson-Vance Chess Club Tournament Contact: (252) 738-0375 or (252) 226-4224   July 26 Carolina Sailing Club Coaching Day   July 27 Carolina Sailing Club Championship Series Location: Henderson Point, Kerr Lake 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Aug. 1, 2 Vance County Fire and Rescue Eighth Annual National Truck and Tractor Pull Location: Vance County Fairgrounds 1425 East Andrews Ave. Henderson Gates Open at 4 p.m. Sponsor and Host: Vance County Truck and Tractor Pullers Association For more information, call (919) 291-9501 or go to 

Aug. 9 Henderson-Vance Chess Club Tournament Contact: (252) 738-0375 or (252) 226-4224 Aug. 15 Meet Me In The Street Live Entertainment: The Konnection Band Dancing in the street 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Historic Downtown Henderson Host: Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, (252) 438-8414   Aug. 16, 17 Carolina Sailing Club Championship Series Location: Henderson Point, Kerr Lake 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Aug. 22 BFL Piedmont Division Registration & Meeting Location: TBA 

Aug. 23, 24 BFL Piedmont Division Tournament Weigh-in: New Nutbush Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222 Aug. 29 Henderson Institute Alumni Reunion Registration and Social   Aug. 30 Henderson Institute Alumni Reunion Banquet & Dance   Sept. 13 Henderson-Vance Chess Club Tournament Contact: (252) 738-0375 or (252) 226-4224   Sept. 19 Carolina Bass Challenge N.C. Championship Practice Day   Sept. 20 Carolina Bass Challenge N.C. Championship Weigh-in: New Nutbush

Ramps, Kerr Lake, Henderson Host: Vance County Tourism Department (252) 438-2222 This list of events was provided by the Vance County Tourism Department, 946-T W. Andrews Ave., Henderson. For more information, contact the department at (252) 438-2222 or go to    

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April 12 Wounded Warrior 5 kilometer race Starts at the court house at 8 a.m. Registration forms available at the race Open to the public April 26, 27 Home tours 10 a.m. to 5 April 26 1 to 5 p.m. April 27 Offered by Preservation Warrenton. Tour of historical houses in the Inez area 

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April 26 Annual spring fest at the courthouse square Music provided by 3 different bands Craft and food vendors.   These events were provided by Robert Davie, Warrenton town administrator. For more information, contact Davie at (252) 257-1122.   

Oxford / Granville County

March 22 Ambulance Chase and Food Truck Rodeo Proceeds benefit the Granville Health Foundation May 8 Alive After Five in Downtown Oxford May 24 Stovall Family Fun Day at Stovall Park 

May 25 to July 11 Lincoln Civil War exhibit at Thornton Library in Oxford May 31 Strawberry Jam in Downtown Oxford 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Granville Arts Council Live music, arts, crafts and food vendors   Sept. 13 Eighth Annual N.C. Hot Sauce Contest 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Oxford North Carolina hot sauces, barbecue sauces, craft beer, wines and more Live music by Hip Pocket Antique car show Free admission   This list of events was provided by the Granville County Tourism Development Authority. For more information, call (919) 693-6125 or go to

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Vance County Bamboo Garden (252) 438-8080 1520 Dabney West Shopping Center, Dabney Dr. China King (252) 433-8088 383 Raleigh Rd.   China Kitchen (252) 492-4150 511 E. Andrews Ave.   China Star (252) 436-9080 1411 E. Andrews Ave.   Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (252) 431-9111 I-85, Exit 212, Ruin Creek Rd.   Crossroads Family Restaurant (252) 572-2772

946-G West Andrews Ave. (Crossroads S/C) Denny’s Restaurant (252) 438-4800 I-85, Exit 213, Dabney Dr.   George’s Restaurant (252) 492-0090 210 N. Garnett St.   Golden China Restaurant (252)1654 N. Garnett Street (252) 492-9131   Golden Corral Family Steak House (252) 438-9500 103 N. Cooper Dr.   Hattie’s (252) 438-3400 1010 S. Garnett St.   Healthy Treats 941 W. Andrews Ave. (252) 430-0893

Henderson Mexican Restaurant (252) 492-2166 1101 Nicholas St. Ichibar Japanese Restaurant (252) 438-7070 901 S. Beckford Dr., Henderson Marketplace   Lotus Lounge Café (252) 431-4712 119 S. Garnett St.   Mahogany Bar & Grill (252) 572-4009 130 W. Montgomery St.   Mayflower Seafood Restaurant (252) 738-2393 201 N. Cooper Dr.   Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant (252) 438-6062 1054 Ruin Creek Rd.

New Beginning Dairy Bar (252) 438-8468 Nunnery Freeman Barbeque (252) 438-4751 I-85, Exit 215, Norlina Rd.  Pino’s Italian Restaurant (252) 438-1341 901D S. Beckford Dr.   Pizza Hut (252) 433-6040 160 N. Cooper Dr.   Pizza Inn (252) 492-2144 1250 Coble Blvd.   Ribeye’s (252) 430-1117 2002 Graham Ave.   Ruby Tuesday (252) 492-6243 101 Exchange St. (off Dabney Dr.)

Sam’s Grill & Restaurant (252) 430-1501 7630 N.C. 39 N. Skipper’s/Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q (252) 438-5228 I-85, Exit 215, 2362 N. Garnett St.  So-ul Delicious Restaurant (252) 438-2093 1502 Raleigh Rd.   Spiritual Connections Cafe (252) 767-1988 221 S. Garnett St.   Sunrise Biscuit Co. (252) 333 N. Garnett St. 492-0257   Two Guys Burgers (252) 492-1441   Twisters Karaoke & Cafe (252) 431-0500 118 Zeb Robinson Rd. (Shag Dancing) 

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• Chic-fil-a, 200 Trade St. (off Dabney Drive) • Domino’s Pizza, 119 Raleigh Road • Golden Skillet Fried Chicken, 444 Dabney Drive • Hardee’s, 120 Dabney Drive • Hershey’s Ice Cream, 567 Ruin Creek Road • JJ Fish & Chicken, 1202 E. Andrews Ave. • Little Ceasars, 208 Dabney Drive • McDonald’s (3 locations), 1695 Dabney Drive, 1421 E. Andrews Ave., 200 N. Cooper Drive (inside Wal-Mart) • Papa John’s Pizza, 1526 Dabney Drive • Sheetz, 619 Ruin Creek Road • Sunrise Biscuit Co., 333 N. Garnett St. • Taco Bell, 1737 Dabney Drive • Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 1516 Dabney Drive

This list was provided by the Vance County Tourism Department, 946-T W. Andrews Ave., Henderson. For more information, contact the department at (252) 438-2222 or go to

Oxford / Granville County George’s Restaurant and Lounge 104 E. Industry Drive, Oxford (919) 603-3760   Goshen Street Kitchen 1102 Goshen St., Oxford (919) 690-1312   Harvest Restaurant 205 Williamsboro St., Oxford (919) 603-1460

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• Bojangle’s, U.S. 15 South • Burger King, 825 Linden Ave. • China Wok, 308 Industry Drive (Granville Corners) • Cookout, 525 E. Industry Drive (Granville Corners) • Domino’s Pizza, Industry Drive (Granville Corners) • Hibachi Buffet, 1011 Lewis St. • Hong Kong Restaurant, 134 Roxboro Road • KFC/Taco Bell, Industry Drive (Granville Corners) • McDonald’s, 115 Industry Drive (Granville Corners) • Popeye’s, 904 Linden Ave. • Subway, 913 Linden Ave. • Top China Restaurant, 101 Hilltop Village • Wendy’s, 900 Linden Ave. This list was provided by the Granville County Tourism Development Authority. For more information, call (919) 6936125 or go to 


Warren County

China King 319 E. Macon St., Warrenton (252) 257-0747 China King 1208 U.S. 158 Business, Norlina (252) 456-9009   The Hardware Cafe 106 S. Main St., Warrenton (252) 257-2779   The Local House 137 S. Main St., Warrenton, (252) 257-1306   Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant 895 U.S. 158 Bypass, Warrenton (252) 257-1660   Milano’s Pizza Main St. Warrenton (252) 257-5800.

Robinson Ferry Restaurant and Spirits 111 North Bragg St.. Warrenton (252) 257-1991   Whistle Stop Café 123 Hyco St., Norlina (252) 456-0855   Fast-food restaurants: • The Burger Barn, E. Macon St., Warrenton. • Burger King, 117 U.S. 158, Norlina. • Hardee’s, 417 W Ridgeway St. • Newt’s Grill, 112 Madison St., Warrenton • Subway, E. Macon St., Warrenton.   For more information on dining options in Warren County, contact Robert Davie, Warrenton town administrator, at (252) 257-1122.

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Vance County Tourism Development Authority 946-T West Andrews Ave. Henderson (252) 438-2222 (866) 438-4565 e-mail: eastcoastdragtimeshalloffame. com   Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Parks Office 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, N.C. 27537 e-mail: web: (252) 438-7791   Emergency: 911 Medical: Maria Parham Medical Center 438-4143 Airport: Air Cobra: (919) 6935769 Radio: WIZS 1450 AM (252) 492-3001 


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Budget Host Inn (I-85 exit 215) (252) 492-2013 Cardinal Motel (US 1) (252) 492-1148 Econo Lodge (I-85 exit 215) (252) 438-8511 The Guesthouse at Burnside Plantation (252) 438-7688 Hampton Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 492-3007 Hillside Farms Log Cabin (3180 Stagecoach Rd.) (252) 438-7918 or (252) 430-4321 Holiday Inn Express (I-85 exit 212) (252) 438-6300 Kerr Lake Area Efficiency Apartment (Downtown Henderson) (919) 655-9504 or (240) 439-0671 Knights Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 492-4041 Lamp Light Inn, Country Bed & Breakfast & Cabins (I-85 exit 220, 1680 Flemingtown Road) (252) 438-6311 La Petite (Jct. NC39 N & Townsville Landing Rd) (State Rd 1346) Overnight accommodations near Hibernia Park (252) 492-2292

Pearl’s Place, Nutbush (252) 438-4767 Quality Inn (formerly Ambassador’s Inn) (I-85 exit 215) (252) 430-6501 Run of the Mill Bed & Breakfast (252) 492-9599 Satterwhite Point Marina Cottages (I-85 exit 217) (252) 438-4441 Scottish Inn (I-85 exit 215) (252) 438-6172 Sleep Inn (I-85 exit 212) (252) 433-9449

Recreation Adventure Island Miniature Golf (252) 492-9888 Aycock Recreation Complex (252) 492-9400 Carolina Lanes Bowling (252) 492-1112 Henderson Main Street Program,, (252) 430-5734

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Henderson Parks & Recreation Department, Director, (252) 431-6093 Henderson Rec Players, One Summer, One Fall Production (252) 431-6091 Kerr Lake Country Club (252) 492-1895 Market Place Cinema (6 Theatres) (252) 438-9060 Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre (252) 438-6959 Saddlerock Farm (Horseback riding lessons, hay rides, rented horses for guided trail rides) (252) 430-4755 Skateeum (Roller Skating) (252) 492-5033 Tobacco Farm RV Camp (1680 Flemingtown Rd) (252) 4386311 or (877) 222-0100 Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center (I-85, exit 209) (252) 492-2061 Watkins Family Campground, short and long term RV/motor home parking, 5891 Hwy 158 Business (252) 430-4019 YMCA (252) 438-2144



Antiques Downtown Antiques 207 S. Garnett St. (252) 431-0860 Phil’s Past & Present Shop (252) 438-3494 

Marinas Kerr Lake State Recreation Area (252) 438-7791 Visitors Center, fishing piers, picnic areas, seven tot lots, 700 Campsites, 21 Boat Ramps, 13 Picnic Shelters, three Community Buildings   Satterwhite Point Marina & Cottages (252) 438-4441 (I-85, Exit 217) Cottages, dry stack, sales and slips, gas, store   Steele Creek Marina & Campground (252) 492-1426 I-85 Exit 214 onto N.C. 39 N. to Townsville Landing Road Wet slips, mooring sites,

waterfront campsites with and without electric, hot showers, dump station, four launching ramps, gas, store

Local Attractions

The Bees’ Knees Country Store, 2250 Weldons Mill Road, (252) 492-9599 Greystone Rock Quarry, 6969 Greystone Road, (252) 438-3161 Henderson Institute Museum (252) 430-0616 Historic Downtown Henderson Self Guided Tour (252) 438-2222 Homegrown, Handmade Trail (252) 438-2222 John H. Kerr Dam (434) 7386143 Kittrell Confederate Cemetery (252) 438-2222 Miss Lou’s Quilting Studio, 4733 Raleigh Road, (252) 4926469 Paddle Trail (252) 438-2222 Piedmont Birding Trail (252) 438-2222

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he following information was compiled and provided by the Vance County Tourism Department, 946-T W. Andrews Ave., Henderson, NC 27536. The department may be contacted at (252) 438-222 or 1) Railroad Bridge — Located over the Tar River at the Vance-Franklin County line. One of the stone pilasters still stands from the original stone bridge built in the early 1900’s. An iron bridge was built and then the current bridge was built in 1975. US 1 Bypass South at South Chavis Road.   2) Ashburn Hall, circa 1835 — This Federal style house was built several decades before the Civil War. Fine Greek Revival is evident in the exterior and interior throughout the house. Universal pedimented bay windows flank the

pedimented front porch. 3385 Charlie Grissom Road. 3) Epping Forrest (Capehart Gothic Cottage), circa 1860 — Built by Captain Thomas Capehart. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival style of domestic architecture in the state. 1454 Kittrell College Road.   4) Linbank Post Office, circa 1820 — George C. Burns, who came from Linbank, Scotland, was the first Postmaster. The building served as a general store and a stage coach stop. The post office stands in the yard of the Harps family home built in the 1880’s of Georgian and Federal style.2971 N. Lynnbank Road.   5) Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, circa 1856 — Built as a simple

rectangular one-room structure with the steeple added later. The bays on the steeple and five bays of the nave are marked by windows surmounted by a triangular transom. 101 Mt. Carmel Church Road. 6) Weldon’s Mill, circa 1700’s — Originally an old board dam built by Johnson Family. This gristmill is a two story structure resting on a high stone foundation with the overshot wheel and sluice still in place. Original interior equipment remains. 2250 Weldon’s Mill Road.   7) Hale House — late 19th-century, twos tory frame house, follows a T-plan and has an unusual two-tier porch that wraps around the end of the main block. 1109 Peter Gill Road. see trail page 12

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8) Bobbitt Shingle Store, circa 1890 — The design of the shingles on the second floor wall and the paneled shutters across the store front are unique features of the building. Intersection of Kittrell & Bobbitt roads. 9) Plank Chapel United Methodist Church, circa 1880 — The first church building was called the Methodist Meeting House. The structure has stained glass windows and was built out of hand-sawed planks and timbers put together with wooden pegs. 3047 Bobbitt Road.   10) St. James Episcopal Church, circa 1860, Diocese of N.C. — A well preserved Gothic style and one of the most significant of early church buildings. There are many outstanding memorials including a cross of genuine amethyst and windows of very fine stained glass

by Tiffany and Company. The church administered to patients and provided Christian burial to the 52 soldiers interred at nearby Confederate Cemetery. Intersection of E. Main & N. Williams St., Kittrell. 11) Confederate Cemetery — Serves as a resting place for 52 soldiers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. All of the soldiers buried in the cemetery died at Kittrell Springs Hotel. The dates of deaths reveal that the first was Aug. 1, 1864, and the last April 15, 1865. A N.C. Civil War Trail site. West Chavis Road. Kittrell.   12) Old Kittrell College, circa 1885-86 — The Normal Industrial School began in 1885 and in 1887 became a college. The campus now serves as the Kittrell Job Corps. 1096 U.S. 1 Bypass South.   13) “Mistletoe Villa,” circa 1883 — One of the most impressive Victorian homes in the state, the house features 11 fireplaces, detailed woodwork,


9- and 11-foot ceilings. Revival period architectural elements. 144 E. Young Ave. 14) Harriet & Henderson Yarns, Inc., circa 1895 — Henderson Cotton Mill was organized in 1895 followed by Harriet Cotton Mill in 1900. Mr. D.Y. Cooper was the first president. No longer in operation. 500 Alexander Ave.   15) Henry A. Dennis County Office Building, circa 1911 — Originally the U.S. Post Office. Two-story granite-faced neoclassical building. 300 S. Garnett St.   16) Croatan Club Building, circa 1905 — Two-story brick building. Originally occupied by a dry goods store and jewelry store on the first floor and meeting rooms for the Croatan Mens Club on the second floor. 229-233 S. Garnett St.   17) Greenway’s Authentic Charcoal Grill, circa mid-1880’s — Originally the Reavis Building was a general merchandise store. It later became the Charles Department Store. Entirely altered from its original

appearance, the building has been restored and is now a restaurant. 200 S. Garnett St. 18) Former Zollicoffer Law Office, circa 1881 Small Italianate brick office built by A.C. Zollicoffer, prominent attorney. Now serves as Cloninger Law Office. 215 N. Garnett St.   19) George’s Restaurant, constructed circa 1880, it is one of Henderson’s oldest commercial buildings. It has served for brief periods as Citizen’s National Bank, the Corbitt Buggy Company, a grist mill and for many years was the home of Samuel Watkins Dry Goods & Hardware Store. Formerly a twostory building the second floor was removed and the building renovated. It now serves as a restaurant.   20) Gholson and Gholson, Attorneys Office, circa 1896 — Began as office space, then a bicycle repair shop, the building has mostly been used for law offices and is now Harvey Jackson Law Firm. 125 N. Garnett St.

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21) Former H. Leslie Perry Library, circa 1924 — Built as a memorial to a Henderson attorney. The Greek Revival brick building has a gable front roof. Features a Grecian frieze of Alexander’s triumphant return to Babylon. It opened in 1924. 121 Young St.   22) Henderson Raleigh & Gaston Railroad Freight Depot, circa 1870’s — The Raleigh & Gaston Railroad was the first railroad through Henderson. Restored and used as the Chase Development Corporation office space, it is now named Garnett Street Station. 208 N. Garnett St.   23) Henderson Fire Station, circa 1908 — The five-story brick structure with its Italianate Revival clock tower is still used as a fire station. The tower forms the visual focus for the northern end of Henderson’s Downtown Historic District. 205 N. Garnett St.   24) Former Vance County Courthouse, circa 1884 — Designed by Master Architect of the Raleigh

Spring Tourism and Gaston Railroad, Captain James Robert Thrower. The building was completely remodeled in the 1960’s by the firm of Milburn and Heister of Washington, D.C. Now serves as County Administration building. 122 Young St. 25) Henderson Middle School, circa 1935-36 — Originated as The (Second) Henderson High School. Brick Neo-Gothic, numerous symbolic, stone-carved exterior features. 219 Charles St.   26) Henderson Institute Historical Museum, circa 1998 — From its establishment in 1887 by the Freedmen’s Mission Board of the United Presbyterian Church, through the beginnings of school integration in 1970, the Henderson Institute was the only secondary school open to African Americans in Vance County. This building is all that remains of an educational complex that once anchored the surrounding African American neighborhood. Call for museum hours or to make an


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appointment. (252) 430-0616. Corner of N. Beckford & Rockspring St. 27) Eaton-Johnson Junior High School — Originally Henderson Normal Institute. First all-black high school in the county. 500 W. Rockspring St.   28) Vance County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) — Nancy Wilson, executive director, (252) 438-2222; kerrlakenc. com; vctourism@ Tourist and local area information. 946-T West Andrews Ave.   29) The Corbitt Buggy/Motor Truck Company — R.J. Corbitt built his first factory in 1900 to produce horse-drawn buggies or carriages. He then produced his first automobile, which didn’t compete too well with the larger producers. He then made trucks used in World War I and II and are still used today. Presently houses retail shops. 1700 Parham St.   30) “Bellwood,” circa 1760 — The original house has been brick

veneered and extensively remodeled. It retains early characteristics in its basic proportions and much of the interior and structural detail. The grounds are part of an original grant from Lord Granville to William Eaton, a leader in the formation of Granville County. Corner of Oxford Road. & Cedarwood Drive. 31) Herman United Methodist Church, circa late-19th century — Small frame church with three-bay front and side elevation. Windows on the front have arched hoods and the door has a semi-circular transom. 6070 Highway 158 Business.   32) La Grange Plantation, circa 1770, 1840 — The two-story, three-bay house has a hip roof and Italianate ornamentation, which resembles that of Belvidere: the bracketed cornice and porch, the corner posts and the porch posts. La Grange has been restored to 18th-century charm and elegance. Private residence. 771 Nutbush Road. see trail/page 14


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stair and central chimneys, heating rooms front and rear. The three bay, two stor y frame house with a low hip roof has retained original six over six from page 13 windows. The house has been owned by the Satter white family for over 33) Ashland Plantation/Vance 100 years. Intersection of Satter white County Historical Museum, circa Point & Nutbush roads. 1740, 1820-27 — The four handsome   brick chimneys, window entablatures 35) Reavis House, circa 1790-1825 and Tuscan entrance porch are — This two stor y frame house with noteworthy exterior features. circular front steps of native stone has Boyhood home of colonial judge overall form of typical 18th centur y Richard Henderson, and later his Georgian houses. It is believed that son, Leonard Henderson, the first the house was built by the elder Supreme Court Justice of North Samuel Reavis or one of his sons, a Carolina, for whom the City of brother of Lewis Reavis which the Henderson is named. The home also ser ves as the Vance County Historical city of Henderson was founded. 1393 Satter white Point Road. Museum. Viewing by appointment.   Call (252) 431-7106 to schedule an 36) Greystone Quarry, circa appointment. 5533 Satter white Point 1835 — Stone from this quarr y Road. was used in the State Capitol. Work   34) Kingsbury (Hunter Satter white was done by hand until the first steam-powered plant was installed in Place), circa 1837 — Typical Greek 1885. Breathtaking views are seen Revival with interior woodwork from top of steep cliffs on all sides. handsomely detailed. The center 6969 Greystone Road.  hall plan is followed with a unique


37) Lamplight Inn and Tobacco Farm Camp — The inn resides on a 150 yr. old, 5 acre former tobacco farm. The two-story farmhouse with a wraparound porch now serves as a country bed & breakfast. The Tobacco Farm Camp (on the grounds of the restored farm) offers cabins, camper and RV sites. Enjoy a rural setting surrounded by woodlands and tobacco fields. (252) 438- 6311. 1680 Flemingtown Road. 38) Former Middleburg Steak House, circa 1930’s — Originally the Middleburg Community House, the building was constructed by local residents and was funded by the Civil Works Administration and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. George Blum, a resident of Middleburg, designed and supervised the project. All of the materials were donated by local residents and businesses. The entire structure was designed so an individual log could be removed and replaced without upsetting the logs next to it. 7139 Broad St.

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 42) St. John’s Episcopal Church, circa 1746-1956 — The only remaining colonial Anglican Church building in the Diocese of North Carolina. The impact of the church on the history of the county and the entire colony is permanently recorded in the epitaphs in the cemetery beside the church. Worship services are held at intervals throughout the year. Jct. NC 39 N. and Stagecoach Road., Williamsboro.   43) Burnside Plantation, circa 1760 — The house is one of the finest examples of Federal plantation architecture in central North Carolina. The five-bay, two-story structure rests on a stone foundation and is covered by molded weatherboards. One of the restored 19th century buildings next to the main house serves as a guest house for casual lodging. Owned by Agnes and George Harvin, (252) 438-7688, burnsideplantation. com. 960 Burnside Road.   44) Marrow’s Chapel United Methodist Church, circa 1875 — The frame structure resting on a stone foundation has paneled corner posts which

Spring Tourism rise to the bracketed eaves. The brackets continue along the rake board and project forward terminating in pendants which are part of a sawn work barge board construction. 2828 Morgan Road.  45) Tungsten Mine, circa 1945 — Tungsten, a rare silver-white metallic element, is one of the most useful metals, according to World Book Encyclopedia. Joseph and Richard Hamme found the mineral on their farm in 1942 and the Tungsten Mining Corporation was started. The mill was built in 1946. No longer in operation. Tungsten Mine Road.   46) Nutbush Presbyterian Church, circa 1757 — Gathering first near the banks of Nutbush Creek, many settlers came from Virginia. First officially organized in 1764 by the Rev. James Crestwell. Both he and the following pastor were outspoken leaders in North Carolina’s independence effort. Nutbush Church Road.   47) Pool Rock Plantation, circa 1758, 1800, 1847 — First half (rear section) was built in mid 1750’s. In 1847, builder Jacob Holt added a two-story



front portion in an Italianate Revival style. The original two story gable roofed frame structure has retained its Federal characteristics. 1305 Pool Rock Road.  48) Bloomsberry, circa 1850 — The first plantation home burned and Jacob Holt, who became famous for his treatment of front porches, was commissioned to build this Greek Revival style home. 3455 Thomas Road.   49) Belvidere, circa 1848 — A two story frame Greek Revival Italianate house built for William Henry Boyd in 1848 by Jacob Holt. One of the oldest school houses in Vance County stands in the right hand corner of the yard. Dead end of Thomas Road.   50) Home of Folk Artist, Ruth Russell Williams — Williams, an acclaimed folk artist (1932-2010), used painting to tell stories about her upbringing in rural North Carolina. She attained worldwide success, with collectors prizing her brightly colored paintings. (252) 492-2662. 45 Williams Lane.

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