Part of the Dixie Furniture Company (founded in 1901), Link-Taylor brands manufactured quality hardwood office, bedroom and dining room sets. Dixie Furniture became Lexington Furniture in 1987. Like textiles, furniture manufacturing has declined significantly due to lower cost overseas manufacturing. These buildings are now part of the local abandoned manufacturing landscape.
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This is the first in a series of compositions of an intriguing abandoned house on Highway 150 in Caswell County North Carolina. The house was locked, I can’t confirm this is really a haunted house. (o;
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I found some cool compositions in this abandoned scrapyard near downtown Albermarle, North Carolina. After squeezing myself, and equipment, through a narrow opening in the building (3rd image below), dozens of mosquitoes descended on me in an instant. I had to get my shots and get out quick!
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Earlier this summer, I attended the wedding of a friend and fellow Scout leader in Danville, Virginia. After the reception, I had the opportunity to visit the local tobacco warehouse district, near the Dan River, which is into it’s initial phases of urban renewal – the Danville River District. The late afternoon afforded some nice lighting. I plan to return soon to shoot in the early morning light.
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After my last post, I found a National Register of Historical Places registration form for the Richfield Milling Company. The city of Richfield, in Stanley County, North Carolina, was founded in the late 1800’s by the Ritchie family, German immigrants who originally named the community as Ritchie’s Field. Corn and other agricultural products was the economic engine for most rural southeastern counties.
The Yakin Railroad was completed in 1891 between Salisbury and Norwood, with the newly charted town of Ritchie’s Mill as a stop just before Albermarle – the county seat. A few years later the city name was changed to Richfield. The railroad enabled growth in the county of agricultural manufacturing enterprises. In 1910, the Richfield Milling Company was founded, which provided local farmers with flour, corn meal, and livestock feed.
Later, the railroad also brought in grain from outside the county to be processed. Consequently, the mill grew to supply the local community, and to ship product by train to other communities. In 1950, the mill converted to exclusively animal feed production. By the 1980, the mill produced poultry feed for local farms and the Ralston Purina company. The mill closed in 1990.
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Reclaimed barn wood is quite popular these days. It’s used in custom furniture, wall coverings, framing and general décor. It is valued for its rough-hewn texture and antique character. One could say it’s better to reclaim used wood than cutting down a living tree. Generally I agree. However, the higher demand for antique barn wood has accelerated the decline of rustic American barns from the countryside. I’m somewhat conflicted on the matter.