Thursday, January 28, 2016

NC - The Union Station Museum...circa 1900 +

   Before I get into the story of this quaint museum, I'd love to share a little about the place we stayed...the Sycamore Lodge!  It was fabulous.  The lodge was huge and there were rooms to accommodate many needs...a cozy yet spacious living room for watching TV, a rustic dining area with over-sized picnic-type tables and benches, a library for quiet time, an enclosed porch with tables for playing games or doing puzzles, a piano, and last but certainly not least a very roomy bathroom with an old-fashioned claw-foot tub and a double shower!  I got to take a bubble tubby at a campground...THAT was a first...LOL





 








The grounds were as wonderful as the community lodge.  We took several walks and each one offered something new to feast your eyes on.  More amazing mushrooms, paths, funky trees, etc.  It was a great campground!


The stem was a golden color!
Looks like a martini glass...lol

Looks like a flower, doesn't it?




Oh yeah, awesome tree trick

Looked like meringue swirls






Cool

Top of bench on hinges...it folded over
to create a table and bench!

A sweet little pet cemetery in the back





The only two orange leaves as far
as the eye could see...standing
straight up 























































   NOW...the museum!  It was built in Victorian style architecture.  It had exhibits and artifacts from the Aberdeen & Rockfish RR and seeks to preserve the Union Station Depot.  Bob Martin was our personal tour guide extraordinaire.  You could tell he enjoyed his role!  He was a dear...since the tours were by appointment only, we called him up and he arrived at the museum within 10 minutes for us!  It was such a delight talking with him and hearing about the railroad.
Carl being cool

Me just hanging around...lol

The actual wood burning stove used
in the caboose of the freight train

Our tour guide...
Bob Martin

A small section of the indoor garden
depicting the town of Aberdeen

A 1935 Chevy fully restored and donated by
the A&R for the railroad's 100th anniversary in 1992.

So excited when I saw this FFA jacket...
brought back wonderful memories of
when my son, Matthew, was involved
in this organization in H.S.

One of only 2 inspection cars left in the 
U.S

An original registry

A utility rail cycle

The frame from the original
ticket window

Renovated caboose...#309 was built by the A&R
 from a wrecked boxcar

Caboose interior today

 


























































One afternoon, we ventured out to visit the small town of Pinehurst.  There we discovered Betsy's Crepes...an extremely yummy find!!!  Many other fun sights crossed our paths throughout the day.
30" high wine bottle

LOL

A sweet local church

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Trellis bordered with
natural cotton still on the 'stalk'  



Giant "wishies"

Saw on the road from Pinehurst

What a ham!!!

Tree magic!



At Betsy's Crepes...sooo delish...savory

Also at Betsy's...sweet!

The 'stars' along the exterior walls are covers
for the steel bars that ran through the
buildings as protection from potential
hurricane damage

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