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An Abandoned House Downtown


Growing up in a rural area in the mountains, abandoned houses were everywhere. When the owner died, or moved, and no one bought it, it would just sit. The cost of tearing a house down didn’t make sense when there is plenty of land available. I was kind of surprised and delighted to find this gem, but my guess is that it won’t be this way for long.

If you look at the map, you’ll notice this house rests on the corner of Wilmington St. and Bledsoe Ave. The big highway left of it is also Wilmington St. How is it that there are two Wilmington Streets, right next to one another? It’s not a flaw in the map, I saw the street signs myself. Anyone know?


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  • Recent Comments:

    • Laurel: When I got married in December 1974 we were too broke to go on a honeymoon so we spent the night at the...
    • Brian: Yes, I, too have fond memories of the old Velvet Cloak. For important family events, we’d go there and...
    • Joe snotherly: Sure miss those days and how times were so great
    • Joe Starling: I was at Hugh Morrison 7, 8, 9, Decker was the band director. Sorry I could not go on to Broughton with...
    • Mark: My family history is somewhat intertwined with this place. My father worked there as a bell hop in the...
    • Tom Lytle: It is sad. My family lived there for 6 wks after moving to Raleigh in ’66. In ’74, my beloved...
    • Rob: While I never saw The Velvet Cloak Inn during its heyday, I did live across and up the street from it in the...
    • RaleighNative51: Richard Nixon resigned on 09 August 1974 a day after the postcard was cancelled.


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