That emanation from old trees

I love trees. I love full trees with thick canopies that send down flickering dappled light. I like tall weedy trees that sway in slight breezes and drape their thin tendrils around your rooftop like a gentle embrace. I love ancient trees that wear cicada skeletons and moss covered branches like merit badges announcing their […]

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Flashback to the Battle of Bentonville

In March 2015 Jim and I attended the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville.  This year marks the 155th anniversary and the reenactment takes place March 21-22.  Fore more information about the battle click here. On March 19, 1865, Joseph E. Johnston organized his forces into a hook-shaped line at Cole’s Plantation, blocking […]

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Granny’s chicken coop

Granny had a chick coop Behind the weathered door and rusty hinges were the greatest wonders and eight-year-old could ever behold.  Inside, the air hung heavy with two mingling scents, the acrid ammonia of chicken poop and sweet musky corn feed.  The feed was dried corn kernels chopped into tiny slivers.  I was weirdly obsessed […]

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The Other Rockefeller Estate

In February 2015 Jim and I toured the other Rockefeller estate in Carver State Park.   The home belonged to John Stillman Rockefeller, nephew of John D. Rockefeller.  Stillman bought the farm in 1937 and completed construction, on what would be his summer house, in 1938. During WWII Stillman served with the Airborne Command and developed […]

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Fayetteville’s Rockefeller Estate

In 2013 I discovered ‘urban exploring’.  I was working as a portrait photographer then and a friend asked me to do a family shoot at the Rockefeller Estate.  I had no idea there was one, much less two Rockefeller estates in the area!  Over the next few years I made dozens of trips to the […]

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Fayetteville’s historic cemeteries

It’s not often Cait wants to spend the day with me…when she does I jump on it.  We spent all afternoon tooling around the historic cemetery’s in Fayetteville.  There was lots of Spanish moss, a few homeless people and a lively discussion about grave robbing.  In general I’m opposed to it.  

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Trip to Southern Pines

Southern Pines before is one of our favorite day trips.  Jim and I drove down recently to explore and then just a short while later Candice and I made a day of it… Nestled in the Sandhills between Pinehurst and Aberdeen, is the quiet town of Southern Pines. Founded in 1887 by steel magnate John […]

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Historic Preservation Chair posts racist comment

In addition to running this site, I’m the Executive Director and a founding member of the Hope Mills Creative Art Council.  Jackie Warner and Pat Edwards are members of the Board of Trustees. That is the extent of any political affiliation.  We do not discuss politics, we do not discuss people.  When we’re working, meeting […]

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Dear Sherri,

Yes! Your family should move here! Hope Mills is part of Cumberland County.  We’re the 2nd largest municipality in the county, Fayetteville is the largest.  Our population is roughly 17,000 strong. Hope Mills is known for it’s parks and recreation.  Most of the municipalities in Cumberland County rely on Fayetteville to run their programs but […]

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