Updates from the old site (2007)

Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Just in time for the holidays, a batch of Christmas-related found items!

Monday, November 5th, 2007
Put up a new location- the Highway house.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
A new article about the Santer from 1890, complete with a “picture” of the beast. Links page also updated.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
New finds in the Found section, including photos from an India missions trip, a racer, and a Victorian girl.

Monday, May 28th, 2007
New location today- an abandoned private school in Rowan County.

Saturday, March 31st, 2007
A long overdue update. The last pictures from the Troutman trailer park.
Also, a bit of news about the Vance Hotel. The forthcoming George Clooney movie “Leatherheads” is going to be using the insides of the old hotel for shooting. The pool was renovated for that purpose.
Also, another note on the pool. It has been rumored the pool was shut down due to a girl drowning there. A prevalent myth suggests that her ghost haunts the pool. Most people in the local area take this as fact, but in truth, I have discovered the pool was shut down because of racism.
When it came time to allow non-whites into the pool, the owners thought that people would stop coming, and instead closed the pool and created the dance floor on top of it, but apparently not before throwing old asbestos and debris into the pool. Part of the restoration of the pool for the movie involved cleaning out all that old garbage.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
A new addition to the found section: numerous photos found in a spelling dictionary.

Saturday, May 27th, 2006
Added a Ghost Town in western NC. Because of it’s condition I’m not saying exactly where in western NC.

Sunday, May 14th, 2006
Photo added to the tale of Bostian’s Bridge.

Friday, April 28th, 2006
Just a small update today; a new photo in the found section.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
Two new locations: the Troutman Family Cemetery, and the Shinville Graveyard. Also updated info on the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge because of a post in the guestbook. Apparently the bits of history I heard about it were wrong, since it was actually built after the Civil War, and was not used during it.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
New in the found section: an entire roll of undeveloped film I discovered at the Goodwill and had processed.
Links page updated.
Created a digital version of an article that recently ran in the Statesville Record & Landmark about this site. Also included are the pictures that were printed with the story. That is on the info page for now.
Currently working on a gallery of “one-off’s”; that being single photos of abandoned and/or neglected places and things. As soon as I figure out an efficient way to organize them they will be uploaded.

Monday, April 10th, 2006
Added 4 new photos to the Found section. Also, the story of Bostian Bridge to the folklore section.
Also, just a note- Abandoned NC turns 3 years old on April the 19th.
I’ve been doing this a little longer than that, but the site it’s self is 3.
I’d like to thank our gracious host who gives us this space for free (I certainly couldn’t afford to pay for one myself right now), all the people I’ve met and explored with through the years, and everyone whose shown an interest in what I do. I explore for myself but I post these pictures for everyone else, so that they can share in my adventures. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
Added Absher Farm today.

Friday, March 24th, 2006
I recently explored and abandoned trailer park and the empty house adjacent to it. A developer has bought the land they are on and is going to demolish everything sometime in the near future.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2006
Added an article I found about obstetrician Richard Boyd floating around on the internet. Dr. Boyd was a long time employee at Davis Hospital and delivered somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 babies during his time there, including yours truly.
Also, an article about The Santer from FATE Magazine in the Folklore Section.

Thursday, January 26th, 2006
It is finished! All locations have been restored! Plus, there’s a new one! Munchkin Land. Also, I have decided to expand Abandoned NC a bit. I already had the beginnings of the Found page, but I’m also going to be adding local folklore in the next couple months. A couple trips to the James Iredell Room at the Statesville library has convinced me that there are lots of interesting stories in this areas history which are left untold. I aim to be (I’m guessing) one of the only internet sources for this information. First up: the Santer. What is a Santer you ask? Stick around, when I get the information together I’ll let you know.
There’s new stuff on the Found page for now, go take a look.
Hopefully this is me getting back in the swing of things after that many months absence.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
Finally another update. 5 locations re-upped.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
Over a month since the last update. Unfortunately with no money and a job that takes up most of my free time, I haven’t had much opportunity to explore in the last couple months.
In fact I probably wouldn’t even have updated for another week if I hadn’t been driving by and seen construction crews leveling Sullivan Mill. That prompted me to upload those pictures as well as a few other minor sets.
You may also notice I haven’t included much commentary about the sets I did upload; one reason it takes so long to recreate the old pages (besides having to dig through and resize all the pictures) is that it takes a while to write about the places I have photographed and explored, and what’s more, I don’t remember every single detail about them so I probably wont be doing it much anymore and instead just letting the pictures speak for themselves.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
So admittedly I have been neglecting this site, but with good reason. I recently found myself in a new job which takes a good amount of my time and this unfortunately has lead to fewer chances to get out and explore and fewer chances to finish reconstructing the locations page. I will try to get back in the swing of things within the next week or so when my schedule becomes more stable.
As for today, I have re-added a handful of the old locations, including the Battleship North Carolina (by request from the guestbook) , and my personal favorite, The Accountant’s House

Thursday, March 10th 2005
Re-added Burlington Industries and the house at China Grove to the locations page.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2005
Re-added Francis Garrou High School today. more on the way.

Friday, February 25th, 2005
Today is the first day for the new site design. I tried to go with something clean and simple with neutral colors, so if things seem a little bland, I apologize, but the photos are really the main part of the site.
With that in mind I am slowly going through each location and adding pictures from the original copies, resizing them to larger sizes than the ones I had previously- this way details are more easily seen, etc. etc.

Tuesday June 8th, 2004
I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail lately- I suppose because it’s summer. Unfortunately, I’m about to take a trip for a couple of days and I wont have much time when I get back, but I’ll try to answer everyone as best I can sometime late next week.

Friday, May 14th, 2004
Completely re-did the Other page with new photos. Also, 2 new photos for theVance Hotel, and two new photos for the barn in China Grove.

Sunday, April25th, 2004
A small update about a section of the Hisotric Vance Hotel in downtown Statesville, which is either being renovated or torn down. Also updated the links section.

Sunday, April 18th, 2004
Abandoned NC is pledging it’s total support to a new cause: saving Wayside School. If everyone will go to NCVISION.ORG to check out the plans for the old school and how you can help my town I would be grateful. This is especially pertinent to people, who like me, are from Statesville and have noticed the many recent bussiness closings and the lack of action by the community to combat the joblessness in the area.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2004
Well, the move to the new server is done (I think). If anyone spots any broken links or missing photos let me know and I’ll fix them. Hope everyone enjoys the ad free ANC. I have a small new update coming soon; a new abandoned house, or what’s left of it. Should be up in the next week.
Monday, March 29th, 2004
GOOD NEWS…..Abandoned NC will be hosted on an ad free wbserver sometime in the near future. Thanks to an awesome individual who has decided to donate some space you will no longer be plagued by angelfire pop-ups. However, it is going to take some time to completely finish cleaning up links and making the move, especially since I don’t have a lot of free time anymore, so it wont happen immediately, but stay tuned…

Sunday, March 21st, 2004
A new addition today; The Accountant’s House.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004
An interesting addition to the Davis Hospital collection: a postcard I found on E-Bay.
I’ve opened a seperate acount that will go hand in hand with this one- the idea is to allow guests to post photos and info within this site in “visitor galleries” which I will add to the top of the locations page. If you have any photos or info you would like to see published to the web, or if you have any questions regarding this idea, e-mail me.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003
I’ve added a couple old pictures of Davis I had lying around. For some reason I never published them until now. Those are here: A Bit More Of Davis

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
I’ve set up a new email acount to try to better keep up with mail. You can now reach me at abandoned_nc@yahoo.com
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
My personal life has been eating up much of my free time as of late so I don’t have much gas or energy to throw into hunting new locations. As soon as things slow down I’ll get back into the routine of scouting the area. I’ve had a few tips since the last update about abandoned houses in the area so it’s likely those or Bostian’s Bridge will be the next location to be added. I’ll also try to get to some of the email I’ve been sent. I know I’m very bad about replying, and I’m unsure exactly who I have replied to and have not replied to at moment. The amount of junk mail and updates from mailing lists I recieve don’t help very much either.
Also, I recieved an unexpected e-mail about a UE site out of South Carolina called Abandoned SC, interestingly enough. I’ve added it to the links section.
Things should pick up soon.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
The final (and smallest) part of the vacation series is up. This time it’s a minor detour through Fort Fisher.

Sunday, October 26th, 2003
Part 2 of the vacation series is up. The Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina.

Sunday, October 12th, 2003
Brand new location- an industrial building in Wilmington. Two more locations from the coast (that includes a tour of the Battleship North Carolina) will be added some time this week. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 11th, 2003
Added two new locations, or rather, two pages of new pictures from old locations. See the discoveries inside the outbuildings at Davis Hospital, or the return to Sullivan Mill. Both well worth your time.

Friday, September 5th, 2003
The couple pics (along with a special surprise) from the latest Davis trip are located here. I also visited the sweater mill again the same day with a fellow explorer. Pics from that trip will be up sometime next week at latest.

Saturday, August 16th, 2003
It’s 6:38 a.m. as I type this- I was up early this morning and opted to go have a look at James Farm. Last night I was driving by and noticed two cars parked in the driveway with thier lights off- not neccesarily odd for that kind of place on a weekend, but I thought I’d see if I could tell what they were up to.- Pretty ordinairy trip other than the fact I did something this morning I haven’t done before-drove my car through the mud and up the driveway since it was raining- it’s much easier than you would suspect looking at it. Turns out more people have either found out about James Farm or are revisiting it after a long abscence, because the brick wall section that had graffitti was completely different. In place of the last slogan were a lot of names and “03” along with a giant marijauna leaf. You’d think my peers could think of better things to do and less cliche’ things to include in thier tag, but apparently not. Other than that, the farm is unchanged save for beer cans and a wooden cabinet/dresser combo somebody splintered all to pieces and dumped there.

Sunday, August 10th, 2003
The trip to Wilmington was postponed. It will likely happen sometime later this month, but I am unsure of a concrete date. There’s also a new Davis trip taking place on the 29th with at least 3 other people, if you’re in the area and interested, drop me a line. Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, July 24th, 2003
Small update: a sweater mill I visited today. I will be visiting Wilmington this week- leaving on Sunday and returning on Tuesday. This doesn’t give me a lot of time to explore, but I will be returning sometime in August for at least a week, and will be able to properly search the city. However, I already have a few locations in mind to visit, and so may or may not come back with pictures.

Sunday, July 13th, 2003
Two new updates: The largest being Wayside School, and the second a new superfund site called Burlington Industries.

Sunday, July 6th, 2003
Yesterday after the update I made the trip out to the sewing mill and took a look around. The place is wide open so I didn’t even bother scouting it out first. Pictures from what I will call the Sullivan Street Mill are here. I’ve also changed the front page yet again so that the newest location is right on the top rather than where it was before; in the lower right.

Saturday, July 5th, 2003
Sizeable Update: First of all, there is now a link of the front page for whatever the newest location is. It will be updated for each new place I come upon.Yesterday, on a whim, I went driving through an industrial area and came across a superfund site I had read about online. Needless to say I had a find a way into what was once an agricultural chemcial distribution center. It was very easy, check out the pictures here. I’ve also gathered a small amount of information about it; namely what contaminants still pollute the soil and what the government has done to correct the problem. Thats right here. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, I also have new pictures of an old silo and a disused outbuilding in Scott’s, where you might remember the Super Service Station is located. You can check out the pictures from that trip here. I also spotted some sort of factory that is boarded up near the superfund site, which I may check out in the near future.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2003
Yet another trip to Davis in the works, hopefully for some time in August….Right now I’m in scouting mode for a couple places. Number one is the sewing factory, which I have been meaning to get around to for a while but always seem to avoid. According to a source the floor in the place is awful. In fact, so awful that if you walk in certain areas you will put your foot right through the floor. There’s also a “Condemned:Building Unsafe” sign newly posted on the front door. That may be why I avoid it; when I go I’ll have to go with someone who has been before so I don’t end up crashing into the basement. I’m also looking into two other buildings I’ve spotted driving. One is a two story brick building. It is clearly not in use but has a sizeable gate around it. I beleive it’s for sale, so I could probably get a guided tour of it with no hassle. The second spot appears to be some sort of industrial or warehouse building. Windows are broken on it and it will obviously be an easier task getting in, because I think it is completely abandoned. More as things progress..

Friday, June 20th, 2003
Davis Hospital was great. (as always) I’ve posted the new pictures of the inside, so be sure to check them out-they’re on two pages located right here.

Sunday, June 15th, 2003
Brand new trip among the broken inards of Davis Hospital coming next week. Members from the yahoo group and others will be in attendance.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003
I’ve added more pictures from my latest Davis trip those are on the “External Picture/Tour (Summer)” page. I’ve also added a sweet link to the NC related links. (Debe Hale), be sure and check that out. I’m busy right now with so many personal things that I might not be able to go on scouting trips for a while, but I do know, off the top of my head at least three locations I will eventually check out; One is a section of abandond train tracks that has an old train car or two still sitting on it near the town of Troutman. There’s an old sewing mill which will be more difficult to get into to not more than a mile or two from my apartment, and there’s also the (supposedly) haunted Bostian’s Bridge. However, Bostian’s Bridge is probably out of the question until fall or winter because of the things I would have to deal with to get to it. I went back to James Farm and was tormented by mosquitos, saw a 5 foot long snake, and found everything overgrown, and honestly, if I have to contend with that kind of thing at Bostian Bridge, I’d rather wait til later in the year.

Sunday, June 1st, 2003
Some new pics also added to the Other page. Last 4 on the bottom.

Sunday, June 1st, 2003
I’ve added a new page of pictures from Davis Hospital taken yesterday-these are of the outside only. The place has changed a lot as the seasons have, and the kudzu is taking over. These are listed as “External Picture/Tour (Summer)” I’m also debating selling prints of some of my better photos…if anyone is interested in a specific shot let me know, because the ones you actually see are much smaller and have fewer colors to speed load times.

Monday, May 26th, 2003
I scrapped the Bostian’s Bridge trip for now. I did however go to three different locations today and do a small amount of picture taking. Check the locations page for the 3rd trip to 4th Creek, the 3rd trip to James Farm, and a new page about a highway underpass I call the Hugo Rd. Bridge. You might notice I’ve been trying out black and white photos alot lately.

Sunday, May 25th, 2003
I’m going to do some work today or tommorow- One thing I’m going to do is check out a train bridge on the outskirts of town which was built in the 1800’s- in 1891 there was a big train wreck on the bridge which caused the death of almost 30 people, and since that day in August people have claimed the bridge is haunted. Supposedly on the anniversary of the crash you can hear the whole thing replayed with horrible noises of the crash re-broadcast. Also, I’m going to try to get in another trip to James Farm, which I’ve been meaning to do. Maybe I can clear up exactly what that last structure on the aerial map is. Also, I want to try to get some better pictures of certain areas. I’ll post here once the pics from either trip are up.

Monday, May 19th, 2003
I added a page for various pictures that aren’t a part of an exploration; another words, just various pictures I’ve taken that may or may not relate to UE. Check the locations page, the link is on the very bottom.

Friday, May 16th, 2003
New page of pictures up detailing an abandoned farm. Check the locations page for Dobbs Farm, or click on the link. Highlights include some neat silos, a couple old buildings, and half a dead body!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003
I went out and found the old Villa Heights Drive-In, or what was left of it today- nothing worth taking pictures of-just a field that at one time after it closed was used as a flea market, meaning there’s only a couple rotten tables there. I also got in touch with the people at the Hiddenite Center today; they know only a little more than I do about the sulphur springs. Apparently All Healing Springs burned to the ground in the late1920’s. The woman I spoke with was unsure if there was anything at all left on the property but was almost sure that the land is owned by a local family; she gave me thier number, the number for the chamber of commerce, who I instead opted to e-mail, and the number for a geneaological society. What I think this probably amounts to is a dead end. All Healing Springs is non-existent (or at least the hotel is, I’m unsure of outbuildings etc.) and no one seems to have any info at all on another sulphur springs resort I have heard called the White-Davis or Whites-Davis sulphur springs. All this effort is not in vain however, because by diving into the history of the buildings, I am also plunging myself in the history of the area: looking for info today I found a page about a “Diamond” Jim Lucas. “Diamond Jim” was the owner of the Lucas Mansion-what is now the Hiddenite Center. He was quite an interesting fellow, and coincidentally, died in Davis Hospital in the fifties afer traveling the world. I plan on adding a page about him to the Davis info sometime in the near future; it’s quite an interesting read. Also, speaking of Davis, I will very probably be going back there sometime this summer, so thats something to look forward to- and this time, I’m going to see it all.

Monday May 12th, 2003 (continued)
Scouted out back roads in and around the foothills in Hiddenite; a small town past Stony Point. There is an emerald mine which is open to the public but I was up there today to look for the sulphur springs resorts I have heard rumours about. I also meant to stop at the Hiddenite Historic Center located in the old Lucas Mansion, but by the time I was done scouting it had closed as it only stays open until 4:30. As best I can tell by just judging the structures on Sulphur Springs Road, where I was exploring, it is possible that the All Healing Springs is now a resort called the “Crystal Inn”. Whether or not there are still ruins or buildings from the original construction is unknown. I need more info, which probably means a trip back to Lucas Mansion tommorow while it’s open. I’ll post any findings.

Monday, May 12th, 2003
Trip for today is off. Possibly next week. I am going out today just to scout out some areas-see if I can find anything, If I find an easy spot I’ll return with pictures. Also, I added a link banner for the yahoo group to the frontpage.

Sunday, May 11th, 2003
Like the new design? I sure do, it beats the old bland one I had before. Make sure and tell me if any pictures or anything have stopped working, you can do that by leaving me a message in the guestbook or emailing me, check the contact page..

Saturday, May 10th, 2003
I’ll be taking another trip back to James Farm again soon, possibly Monday, and possibly with some other people. Hopefully I’ll be able to clear up the questions I have with the aerial map. Maybe get some more shots of the areas I neglected as well. Should be fun.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2003
I visited the gas station today and have added a new page with pictures of my trip; those are listed on the locations page under “Scott’s Super Service”. Also, I have found some aerial photos of James Farm, and have added them to the locations page as well, one with labels of the structures.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003
The pictures for the Stony Point Store are up. Also, I am going very soon on a trip back to a small community called Scotts, which is near Stony Point, to get some shots of a one pump gas station which looks like it may have been built during the 1930’s/1940’s. I could possibly have those by this weekend.

Monday, April 28th, 2003
I got some shots of a nice little storefront today; The place looks like it was built in the 1920’s and even has a “colored entrance”. I’ll upload those photos tonight or tommorow, look for em on the locations page under “Stony Point Store”.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003
I didn’t make it to the sewing mill, but instead, I have new pictures of James Farm. I did find the house. It’s located directly behind a church so I could see how finding it might be difficult, but I had a general idea where it was and found it without any problems.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003
I’ve added an extra page of pictures I had left over from Davis Hospital to the locations page. The shots in question are ones that I originally wasn’t going to use due to available space on my personal page, but since this site is independent now, I edited them and gave them thier own page. I’m also going exploring on foot today to see if I can find anything interesting in my immediate area. So far I know there is an abandoned sewing factory not too far up the road and I’ve heard rumors about a house somewhere near the road that leads to Fort Dobbs. And no, it’s not the one I photographed. This one is supposedly out in the woods. I”ll post any shots I get tommorow, or, time permitting, tonight.

Saturday, April 19th, 2003
Well, first entry on the new site. It only took me a good part of today to move everything over, and I must say, it was completely worth it because it frees up my personal site and gives me a better way to present my pictures to surfers out there in net land. I’ve got a couple locations I have my eye on right now for possible excursions, but until my car gets fixed, I’m stuck in the planning phase for all of them. But, who knows, maybe I can bum a ride from someone. I’ll be adding more links to the links page as the night progresses.