Monday, October 10, 2011

Magnolia Academy, Magnolia, North Carolina

I've stopped driving the interstate highways as much as possible during my weekend day trips. For one, it is mind numbing to drive and see nothing but four (or six lanes) of asphalt mile after mile. Secondly, it takes me away from the small towns and villages where there is always something new to see.

Magnolia, North Carolina is one of those tiny villages with something unusual to see. It sits along US Highway 117 which parallels Interstate 40. And since I-40 siphons off all the traffic, it made for a pleasurable drive to Duplin County and through the towns that sprang up along the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad back in the 1840's.

Magnolia was once the largest town in the county and the center of North Carolina bulb producers and exporters back before the Civil War. Today it has around 900 people living here.

Above is a picture of Magnolia Academy which was built as a private school in 1858. When I saw a picture of it on Built Heritage North Carolina, it looked as though a strong wind would blow it down completely (if you click on the link above, it will take you to the interior photos of the academy).

But when I finally found it, it appeared that someone had moved in (see the window with the air conditioner in the picture below) and had done a little, not a whole lot, of renovation to the building.


Anyes said...

Whoever moved in has their work cut out for them, don't you think?

frayedattheedge said...

You always find the most amazing buildings! It will certainly be a labour of love to restore the property - I hope the wonderful original features are retained.
Was it hard going back to work after your week at the beach?

Karen said...

Anyes: Or else they did as much as they had money for and that's that.

Anne: A labor of love and a mountain of money. I wonder if it will ever be restored.

And, yes, hard to go back to work, but it just poured rain here and at the beach these past few days, so I lucked out tremendously.