Our next stop was a building that was featured in Catherine Bisher’s book that really intrigued me – Hodges Business College just outside of Mocksville.
Hodges Business College was erected in 1894 by Professor John Hodges. It is Davie County's only surviving rural brick academy building. Hodges, a graduate of Duke and Yale Universities operated his school until the early 1900's when he became the superintendent of county schools.
To teach business to young boys, Professor Hodges established the college in a brick building on Cherry Hill Road with 2,500 square feet, a pyramidal roof, and square bell tower. Thirty-six dollars paid for three months' tuition, room, and board. The business school closed in the early 1900s and the building turned into a boarding house. Now a private residence, the building represents Davie County on the National Historic Register (2000).
Here is a picture from right after the college was built in 1894:
And a copy of a photo taken in the early 1980's when the building was abandoned:
I didn't have high hopes for the building still being intact. I figured after close to thirty years, it had probably collapsed into a pile of rubble as some of the other historic places I had visited. So, imagine my surprise to find it nicely restored:
And even more surprised to find out that the house and the family who restored it had been featured on a series on HGTV called Home Schooled (I don't have cable or satellite, so I found this through a Google search). Click here to read about the house and see the pictures of the restored interior. What a wonderful surprise!
And I will be off-line until Monday as I am taking a few days off and going to Holden Beach near Wilmington. I'm planning on visiting the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, so hopefully good snapshots of fishes next week.