Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Stop in Union Grove, North Carolina

We were on the interstate when we noticed a billboard advertising a country general store.  Well, they reeled us in! It was such a fun place!

The building was formerly a school and had been moved by rolling it on logs from across the street to its current location, It was supported for many years on stumps. I was interested in the bobcat, as that is my school's mascot. B was interested that someone had found Bigfoot's flipflop.

The wood stove was not original.

This seam in the wood floor shows where the teacher's desk sat on a raised platform. 

The gap in the wall boards is where the old chalkboard was attached. 

Here is what Wikipedia reveals about this place:
In the later 1800s or early 1900s, Union Grove citizens founded the Union Grove School. The earliest records show that in 1905 the average attendance was 50. There was only one teacher and the salary for one month was thirty dollars. The first schoolhouse was a one room frame building. 

I also learned that the name, Union Grove, predates the Civil War. The store was a full of interesting things and we really enjoyed our stop and talking to the friendly young man who unlocked the door for us and sold us a toy tractor.

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