Downtown Ellerbe North Carolina

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While camping in Sycamore Lodge Campground in North Carolina, it was fun to drive around and explore nearby sights.  After driving a short way we came across the nearby town of Ellerbe, North Carolina.  It had a few barber shops, a garage and a couple of nice antique stores.  It was a charming, sparkling small town much like the one I grew up in as a child.

Abandoned House in North Carolina

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We are at Sycamore Lodge Campground in North Carolina and driving around to see the sights locally.  Near the campground is an abandoned house that drew me like a magnet. The paint was long gone leaving just the wood siding with a great rusted metal roof.  There were pine trees and large Sycamore trees surrounding it.

Old Barn and Horse Farm in North Carolina

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Touring around the countryside of Sycamore Lodge campground in North Carolina, we came across this lovely horse farm.  I loved the old wood barn with rusting tin roof. This farm was active and in use, but the animals were away in another barn.

Cows Outstanding in Field

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While driving around Sycamore Lodge in North Carolina we passed a large open field with black angus steers and cows.  It was comical seeing them all standing and cooling off in a shallow pond so I stopped for a closer look. When I approached the fence they all turned to look at me in curiosity.

Sycamore Lodge, North Carolina

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We stopped at Sycamore Lodge campground in North Carolina and it was situated under very tall Loblolly Pines in sandy soil.  The road leading into the campground was a narrow paved road that was lined by a row of big Sycamore trees on either side.  It was a beautiful rural country road way out in the country in North Carolina.

Town of Appomattox Railroad Station

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Nearby Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in Virginia is the more modern town of Appomattox.  Here were fought some of the last skirmishes (also in Appomattox Station) of the Civil War by General George Armstrong Custer.  This is a view of the original Train Station in Appomattox which is now used by the town as a Visitor’s Center.

Lonely Road Going Through Appomattox Court House

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There is a road running right through the old town of Appomattox Court House in Virginia. It is the original dirt road that was a coach and general road between Richmond and Lynchburg Virginia. On this section of road the sides each had woven wooden fences that contained 28,000 Confederate troops that surrendered with General Lee here on April 9, 1865.  On the following days the soldiers lined the road as far as the eye could see and came into town and received a parole paper to give them safe passage after the end of the war. The Confederate soldiers piled their long rifles and guns into stacks before simply going home at long last.  This road still looks haunted and lonely today.  Shortly after the town was evacuated and fell into disrepair and disuse and most people moved away to Appomattox Station and Appomattox itself which had a nice train station.

Peers House at Appomattox Court House

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We are looking at the last house in Appomattox Court House in the National Historic Park in Virginia.  This house is at the end of the road before it takes a turn towards Richmond and to the East.  It was one of the only areas showing Civil War canon on site which made this Peers House from 1855 look charismatic. It is unfortunately not open to the public, being now used for management and staff of the park.

Parole Papers at the Surrender at Appomattox Court House

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At the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in Virginia, there was a display of the printing room.  After the surrender by General Lee of 28,000 confederate soldiers, they each got a freshly printed “parole paper”.  This was given to each soldier that gave up his arms so he could safely passage home. Lincoln and General Grant  decided to not shame and take each Confederate soldier prisoner, but to forgive and have them immediately become part of America again as long as they laid down their arms and went home in peace. Here the printing was done in one of the buildings for all these men.

Original Parole papers for a confederate soldier:

Meeks General Store at Appomattox Court House

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At Appomattox Court House in the National Historic Park in Virginia, there were about 20 original structures in this little town.  It had been a small stagecoach stop on the rural road from Richmond to Lynchburg.  After the surrender of the Civil War with General Lee signing papers here to General Grant, the village was soon abandoned. I asked why and heard that it was because of the railroad in Appomattox Station drew all the people there, but the railroad had been there.  The federal government tried to put up a large monument here saying it was the site of the end of the Civil War, but the southern states and Virginia denied it. It was certainly an unpopular place after the surrender and died off until the National Park Service revived and restored the houses that were burned down or had been dismantled.  Here we have the Meeks General Merchandise store.