Volunteer Gas — Oneida, Tennessee


You have to appreciate the unique retro architecture this old station has in Oneida.


RM Brooks General Store — Morgan County, Tennessee


The RM Brooks General Store is located in Morgan County a couple of miles west of the historic Rugby Colony along Tennessee State Route 52.


The RM Brooks General Store was completed in the early 1920s.  In the middle part of the 20th century the store also served as the post office for the community of Rugby and had a zip code of  37733 According to the wooden sign above the front door.  The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1992

I went to Rugby for the first time back in December of 2011.   When I was there in 2011 the store was closed and locked up.


Thankfully when I was back through there last week, the store had been reopened and apparently had been reopened by a fourth general granddaughter and family of the original proprietors in 2014.



Eden Drive In — Rockingham County, North Carolina


The Eden Drive In is located on the edge of the city of Eden at 106 Fireman Club Road.


The drive in opened in 1949 with a capacity of 200 cars.  EdenDriveIn2

The drive in has been upgraded to all digital equipment and remains in operation today as one of the last remaining drive in theaters in the state.


Pre Winter Road Trip: Day 3

Today I traveled from Charlotte to Greensboro and up through Rockingham County to explore a few places that I had on my list.  It was a good day.  I spent the day with my friend Michael from Cary.   My blog is heavy on covering abandoned buildings such as schools and post office buildings etc.  But I also have a deep fascination with retail and dead or dying malls.  Today was pretty heavy on the retail scene.  Enjoy!

Now for a few shots from today.  Full blog posts will come later.


This shot was taken at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point, most definitely a full blog post will be up soon.


The old Mill of Guilford in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.


Belk in a mall so dead they sealed their mall access off.


Belk in Eden, North Carolina….this store looks exactly like the Belk in Harlan did when I was a kid.   The store is closing after the first of the year.


Finally the Eden Drive In


and last but certainly not least the Rockingham Theater.

Such a great day!  Heading out bright and early in the morning, hoping to take a bit of a scenic route home to explore some more uncharted ground betwee here and home.  It’s been great North Carolina, until we meet again in the spring!

Pre Winter Road Trip: Day 2

Today has been another exciting and long day of traveling and sight seeing.  I started out from my hotel in Pigeon Forge this morning and headed east toward Dandridge.  My first item on the list this morning was the amazing abandoned Dandridge Elementary School.DSCN0156

From Dandride I got back on I40 and went on into Western North Carolina.  I had to do some photography work this morning but after that I was exploring all kinds of neat stuff!



My first thing to explore in North Carolina was the old school at Fines Creek.  This is an amazing structure!

This building is still occupied by various community offices.
Beaver Dam School

The next stop was Beaver Dam School.  I really want to live in this building!  cant wait to get the pictures and go through them.

Lenoir, NC

I went to Lenoir with the intentions of exploring the old mall….which has been sealed shut…but exerior pictures are to come….I found this old cinema completely by accident!

Lenoir Mall

Does this Belk look familiar to anyone in Harlan?  It should, this was the Harlan store’s twin!


Finally at about 530 I rolled into the hotel for the night.  You cant really go wrong with the Red Roof Inn.


After unpacking I went to Ikea and roamed around.  Seems like a cool store with a little bit of everything.

After Ikea I met my friend Mike, who lives in the area.  Hes one of my fellow retail geeks who I have known for a couple of years now, but just now met face to face.  He was a great host!  Enjoyed exploring Carolina Place Mall (which I keep wanting to refer to as Carolina Circle Mall, a mall that was in Greensboro but has been gone for about 15 years now) and then we went to a hole in the wall chicken place called DD Peckers Wing Shack.   I highly recommend it!


More to post tomorrow.  I gotta get some sleep.280_1545

So, goodnight from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hillsville Diner — Hillsville, Virginia


The Hillsville Diner is located on Main Street in Hillsville, Virginia.  The diner was first opened in 1946.  The legend is that the original proprietor moved his restaurant from Mount Airy, North Carolina where a young Andy Griffith often frequented and opened the Hillsville Diner.  The present owners have operated it since 1966.  The Diner is part of the Hillsville Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 2002.


Kroger on Romany, Lexington, Kentucky (1967-2015)


On August 28, 2015 the Kroger Company announced that it would be closing the store on Romany Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky.  Located in the posh Chevy Chase neighborhood of the city, the store has a mere 18,000 square feet of sales space.  Parking is also limited because this store is located deep in a neighborhood and off of any main thoroughfare.    This store is almost like a neighborhood store.


The closing doesnt really come as a surprise as earlier this year Kroger held the grand reopening ceremony at the newly rebuilt Euclid Avenue store which is only a mile away, and just last week held the grand opening of the new Chinoe Road store which is less than 2 miles away.


The inside of this store is very small, think of a CVS or Walgreens and that is basically the size.  The day I was here, the store was very busy with many customers.  At the front of the store there is a Whitaker Bank branch location.


The store originally opened in 1967 as a Randall’s Supermarket, a local chain.


To be closing in less than a week, this store was well stocked.



I’ve always thought it was odd that this Kroger goes by Kroger on Romany and is prominently displayed as such on the front and side of the building.


According to the news today there is a lady taking a petition to try to save the store and she already had over 1,000 signatures.  I wish her well, but sadly, this Kroger’s days are numbered.