This site is 20 years old.

Anniversary’s are (I suppose) time for reflection.I have tried in the past to pinpoint where my interest in history and urban exploration might have really started and I’ve never come to a satisfactory conclusion. One of my earliest exploring memories was as a child living in Germany on a joint Bundeswehr/U.S. Army base in aContinue reading “This site is 20 years old.”

The Money Place: Reading The Landscape

It’s not often you have the kind of unfettered access to a location like I have had with the Money Place, and as a result, I have tried various means to really understand the property and its story. This includes standard genealogical research, property records, aerial photos, and even metal detecting.Today though I want toContinue reading “The Money Place: Reading The Landscape”

The Unsolved Murder of Ethel Weaver

When unsolved cases “go cold” it doesn’t always mean they are forgotten by the local law enforcement officers who have worked and still work those cases, but it means there are no leads left to follow.What it also sometimes means is that the public forgets those cases as well, and so local police and sheriffsContinue reading “The Unsolved Murder of Ethel Weaver”

Sarah Anderson Heinzerling: Statesville’s Forgotten Poetess

Sometimes the assault of time against the collective memory of a place can obscure names and stories that were once meaningful to it. Much of what I do in researching local events and people is the attempt to rediscover these lost entities and tell their story as best I can with what remains. This storyContinue reading “Sarah Anderson Heinzerling: Statesville’s Forgotten Poetess”

Where Are The Houstonville Moravian Graves?

When exploring the history of the Houstonville Moravian Church, it quickly became evident there was an unresolved mystery concerning it’s graveyard.To simplify the content of the full post on that church into relevant data, here is the history of the graveyard I have been able to discover. The first recorded death in the church isContinue reading “Where Are The Houstonville Moravian Graves?”

The Triangle House

This modest little home seems to have been given up on some time in the late 70’s or early 80’s. All of the magazines, newspapers, catalogues, and other ephemera that litters the floor of the place are from that time period.It almost seems like there might have been a fire or else a very inefficientContinue reading “The Triangle House”

Foretelling The Weather Like The Oldtimers.

Long range forecasting of the weather today is still not an exact science, but we have a plethora of sources we can go to in order to determine what the coming winter might be like.But in the days before internet, television, and radio, this was done without the help of meteorologists by the common manContinue reading “Foretelling The Weather Like The Oldtimers.”