Hamlet, North Carolina
I have posted this blog regarding the Boyd House before but I wanted to share it with you again today–
Ashley and I heard that the house had recently been torn down so we went to see— as we turned the corner a wave of sadness overtook us as we viewed the vacant lot–the familiar landmark that had stood 103 years was gone—no evidence that it had ever been—
On of the interesting places that Ashley has photographed in his hometown of Hamlet, NC is the Boyd House.
In 1907 T. F. Boyd built this three story Victorian Southern Mansion for his family. Among the many interesting rooms was the ballroom that covered the entire third floor.
Mr. Boyd owned other real estate on the North Carolina Coast. He was the original owner of the 442 acre tract of land that was purchased for the building of the new high end sub-division in 1912, Sunset Park, which is located in the Historic Downtown of Wilmington, NC.
In 1916 he purchased Smith Island, part of Bald Head Island, and re-named it “Palmetto Island”. He built a boardwalk, a pavilion and a small hotel with eight rooms. He sold forty lots and had plans for further development but he lost the island in foreclosure for back taxes in the Great Depression.
At the time this photograph was taken Ashley was also able to photograph the rooms inside.
After 102 years only a shell remains—no sign of the life once lived here—–