Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day Trip of the Month: Star, NC

I love discovering small, historic towns that you would literally miss if you blinked when driving through. Many of them seem like ghost towns, but I believe they hold great potential for charming, safe, and special places that almost always have such an interesting history. Places where the pace of life is slower and the neighbor's front porch is welcoming. This is exactly my impression with Star, located at the geographic center of North Carolina.



Star is a classic railroad town later fueled by the textile industry so prevalent in this region of North Carolina. Though rural, the town has charm--I fell in love with it when I first saw this dilapidated Victorian Gothic cottage:

A-MAZ-ING..... and I am sure it was even more breathtaking in its former glory. What a gem! 

The facade features a turret and most likely had a porch at one time.




Even though only about 800 people live in Star, every single person we encountered either on the streets or in the shops befriended us.

Star shows evidence of blossoming again as natives are moving back and a small business incubator and glass-blowing organization called "Starworks" is bringing new life into the community. Additionally the town's plans for downtown revitalization are currently underway.




So much potential! I love the corner entrance...

I hope to return to Star for its annual "Heritage Day" in June.  Have you been on any day trips lately? Perhaps you discovered a charming town you never knew about before or fell in love with an architectural beauty in need of some TLC? 





8 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks like one cool place!

    Especially love the name...Star...like something magical should happen there.

    Those buildings with all the arches catch my eye and the one with the corner entrance would make an awesome little shop with a place to live above....

    It has been awhile, but I came across a little blip in the road---Hadley, MN---there was an old empty bank building that had me drooling. I got out and took pictures. Walked all around it. Awesome!

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  2. I know, right? Isn't that building on the corner just the coolest? That's great that you were able to get out and take some photos in Hadley! It is so important that we document these old buildings before they are gone (Heaven forbid)!!

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  3. Star is located at the geographic center of North Carolina (in Montgomery County) and south of Asheboro.

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  4. Love it! It makes me miss the southern architecture. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Star is a wonderful place where I grew up and have lived most all of my life. My uncle had a clock shop in the building with the corner entrance it was a magical exciting place! Are you coming to Heritage Day today I would love to meet you. Susan Strider

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  6. Hi Susan! Unfortunately we weren't able to make it out today- I am so sorry to have missed it! Hopefully we can get there next year. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Megan, do come to the Heritage Day event in Star this year, Saturday June 2 - I will be at the "Pink House," the STAR HERITAGE CENTER.

    Great photography!

    Sheila

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