Tag Archives: North Carolina

Top 5 Least Popular Posts This Year

I know most folks will do a top ten. I thought I would do a least popular posts. I do have a large catalog of images I have never shared that span a decade, but these are all places I documented in 2022.

Eclectic Farmhouse-Trenton, South Carolina

Wystaria Hall-Atlanta, Georgia

Pleasant Plains Baptist Church-Pleasant Plains, North Carolina

Eclectic Victorian-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Maffett House-Silverstreet, South Carolina

Jones Gap Baptist Church-Henderson County, North Carolina

Built in 1913, the Gothic Revival Jones Gap Baptist Church sits atop a hill in Henderson County, North Carolina. The church traces its history to Mount Crystal Baptist Church, a church built on Jump Off Mountain in 1892.

The church was the site of arson in 1971. James Robert Arrowood, a volunteer fire fighter, set fire to several schools and churches in the area and then fought the blazes. It is believed there were copycat arsonists at work, too. It was never determined if the damage was caused by Arrowood or one of the copycats.

The congregation is still active. They built a modern structure down the hill, which they’ve used since 1998.

Reference: Terry Ruscin’s article in Blue Ridge Now, “Jones Gap Church originally stood on Jump Off Mountain”

Pierced Headstones of Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church-Thomasville, North Carolina

grave marker with designs that cut through the marker

The Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church was founded in 1756 in Davidson County, North Carolina. This is one of twelve county cemeteries containing at least one pierced headstone made by local craftsmen during the early to mid-nineteenth century.

In 1981, the National Endowment for the Humanities conducted a photographic survey of these soapstone markers and categorized them in different phases of styles. This type of sculptural work in cemeteries in North America has only been found in this part of North Carolina.

In the mid-eighteenth century, this part of North Carolina was being settled by people from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. The Germans are attributed to the craftsmanship seen in these stones.

This cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Elisabeth Bodenhamer, 1803-1824
Jacob Bodenheimer, 1827
Elizabeth Jones
Ezekiel Teague, 1770-1839