Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Leaving the County

More time travel through the collections of the Kellenberger Room

Spring with shelter, believed to be Alum Spring, Onslow County, NC. Photograph c. 1920. Springs, places where ground water regularly flowed to the surface, once dotted the countryside. A valuable source of clean drinking water, those that had a particular mineral content, were also prized for their supposed medicinal properties.  Alum Spring in Onslow County was just such a location valued for its healing waters and attractive woodland setting.

by John B. Green III

While the Kellenberger Room contains thousands of photographs of New Bern and Craven County, we have, from time to time, acquired interesting photos of other areas of eastern North Carolina.  As extensive travel is discouraged at this time, let the Kellenberger Room take you on a little Sunday afternoon drive.  We promise to get you home before dark. 

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Bath, NC, photograph c. 1910. Begun in 1734, St. Thomas stands as the oldest surviving church building in North Carolina.  Long a local tourist attraction , the church was repaired and restored between 1936 and 1941 under the leadership of the Rev. A.C.D. Noe.  Little of the original interior of the church survives with the exception of the remarkable 1765 wall-mounted memorial to Mrs. Margaret Palmer, wife of Col. Robert Palmer, surveyor general of the colony.

Atlantic Hotel, Morehead City, NC, photograph c. 1930.  For more than fifty years the Atlantic Hotel was one of the premier summer resorts in the Southeast.  Built in 1880 on the Morehead City waterfront, the Atlantic provided comfortable rooms, good food, dances and balls, and sound side bathing and sailing.  The hotel survived changing fashions and increased competition and stayed open even through the first years of the Great Depression only to be destroyed by fire on April 15, 1933.

Foscue House, Jones County, NC, photograph c. 1930-1940.  Built in the 1820s by prominent Jones County planter Simon Foscue, Jr., the Foscue House is similar in plan and decoration to a number of New Bern side-hall houses of the same period.  The house was restored by the Foscue Family in the 1980s and is occasionally open to the public.

Elmwood (Grist House), Washington, NC, photograph by William Garrison Reed, 1884. The earliest portion of the Grist House was constructed in the early 19th century but by about 1860 the house had been greatly enlarged and remodeled, becoming Washington's grandest Italianate mansion. It remains a private residence today.