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Wilson, NC


We stopped for gas at the northernmost Wilson, NC exit.  I wonder what this interesting abandoned building once was.

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  1. Karen said, on 29/12/2017 at 1:56 pm

    Great building! That pull of the abandoned– reminds of me of a line in the poem I wrote about why I loved garbage picking: “Cities gone from the map/become mine.” Happy New Year, Jon!

    • joncrispin said, on 29/12/2017 at 1:58 pm

      And a happy new year to you as well, Karen. I really hope we get to see more of each other in 2018.

  2. Patty said, on 29/12/2017 at 2:20 pm

    Did you ask anyone at the gas station what the building was? Whenever you’re in a place and want to learn something like that, ask the oldest person you see. Old people know stuff.

    • joncrispin said, on 29/12/2017 at 2:27 pm

      It was a weird BP gas station and half the pumps were not working. Just off I95 and they were wildly busy. But I really like your idea of asking an older person! Thanks for the comment. Jon

      • Patty said, on 01/01/2018 at 1:21 am

        Sounds like a scary gas station I stopped at once in Iowa. There probably wasn’t anyone who cared enough to know. BUT the old person advice stands. Especially if you have a question about anything in a hardware store. Find the old guy. He knows stuff!
        Happy New Year, Jon. I love your work, and your dog. More pictures of her, please.

  3. commiebobdole said, on 31/12/2017 at 8:32 pm

    Looks like it was a school – did some internet sleuthing and found court/property records from the late ’70s referring to a six classroom brick schoolhouse, operated since 1923 and known as “Lamm’s School”, being located at that address.

    Even found an (undated, but clearly very old) picture of the building online:

    • joncrispin said, on 31/12/2017 at 9:40 pm

      I am amazed. Commiebobdole, great sleuthing. Thank you so much! Happy new year and all best to you.

    • Max said, on 19/08/2019 at 1:17 am

      you are correct! The school was Lamm”s School. It was recently demolished. I was raised in a farm house beside the old school. I miss seeing it there when I pass by.

      • joncrispin said, on 20/08/2019 at 8:41 am

        Dear Max, thanks for the comment. So sad that it has been demolished. It was a unique building. All best, Jon

  4. Tania M said, on 01/01/2018 at 9:57 am

    Amazing building, must have been a nice looking school is Commiebobdole is right. I used to have to do historical searches on properties, in Canada libraries have something called phone directories and you could look up the occupant of a building by address. I loved these especially since commercial buildings are often occupied by something other than the property owner.

    Happy New Year Jon, I love following this blog.

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