Dr. Solomon Angle was a Jewish confederate soldier, dentist, republican politician, and local celebrity.
I haven’t been able to find a full history, but one can assume like many local churches St Matthew’s started as a revival or brush arbor meeting.By 1839, forty three people in total are requesting from the North Carolina Lutheran Synod someone “to break unto them the bread of eternal truth, to baptize their children,Continue reading “St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church”
It’s been difficult finding much information about this little church in print. In fact the only reason I know when it was built is the cornerstone has an inscription with the date September, 1907. It may have also served a dual role as a colored school in the 1920’s/1930’s.The land was originally granted to DavidContinue reading “Turner’s Grove AME Zion Church”
I stumbled upon this old Elk’s Lodge in Wilkesboro in March of 2023. I had hoped to go back for more pictures, but by June it had already been demolished. This building was the original meeting place of lodge #1846 of Wilkesboro, NC. It was vacated in 2016 and sold to a developer in 2020Continue reading “The Elks Lodge”
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.”
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”
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”
On October 29th, 1982, Angela Hamby went missing from Wilkesboro, NC. Today marks 40 years since she disappeared, seemingly without a trace. But Angela Hamby by is not forgotten.
I’m now on Instagram. I’ll post updates there as well for anyone who isn’t interested in signing up for the mailing list or checking the site every so often. Might be an easier avenue to communicate with me as well.
Today, May 18th, 2022 is the 75th anniversary of the very first race at the old North Wilkesboro Speedway. Back in 1947 that would have been a dirt track race featuring a collection of random souped-up cars that were purchased commercially, driven by all sorts of characters. It would have been a far cry fromContinue reading “Speedway Dreams”