Rockingham County Museum and Archives — Rockingham County, North Carolina

The Rockingham County Museum and Archives building is located in the former Rockingham County Courthouse that was originally built in 1907.  The building is situated in the town of Wentworth along state route 65 about 7 miles west of Reidsville.

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On October 2, 1906 a terrific fire destroyed the old courthouse and a new one, the one pictured below was designed by famed architect Frank Pierce Milburn and constructed at a cost of $25,000.

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The new courthouse was composed almost entirely of bricks and had two beautiful rounded pillars

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It was at this courthouse in August 1932 that Broadway torch singer Libby Holman posted bond when she was charged (later acquitted) with the alleged murder of her husband, tobacco heir Z. Smith Reynolds of Winston-Salem.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places May 10, 1979.

In 2011 a new Courthouse was opened in Rockingham County.  This building now serves as the Rockingham County Historical Museum and Archives.

Sandy Ridge 27406 — Stokes County, North Carolina

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Sandy Ridge North Carolina is located in northern Stokes County on state route 704 about 8 miles northeast of the county seat of Danbury.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Lately, well for the past year or so I have a fascination with retail history.  Where companies chose to build, why do they build there, why do they leave, when did they leave?  Several years ago I stumbled upon a blog online called Sky City.  What Sky City pretty much is, is a guy going around to dead or dying malls, in many cases, and photo documenting their existence while trying to piece together it’s past.  Which leads me to Eden, North Carolina.  For a long time now I have wanted to visit Eden Mall.  So, yesterday my friend Sunny and I visited Eden, including Eden Mall.  I’ll have photos of that visit later tonight.

One of the treasures we happened upon in Eden is this dandy Winn Dixie building.

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Now as you can tell from the above picture this building is definitely vintage and has been vaccant for quite some time.  According to sources the building was opened in 1968 and closed in 2005 during a massive round of closures for Winn Dixie which lead to them completely pulling out of many areas of the country including Atlanta, Georgia, the entire state of North Carolina and  Huntsville Alabama.

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This shopping center, which is in very rough shape, also houses a Dollar General and a couple of other local shops.  The center was sold last year, so my theory is, this center will probably be bulldozed into history and another metal Dollar General store will be constructed in its place.

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I guess its pretty safe to say that this is the last remaining Winn Dixie sign on a building in the Tar Heel state