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Methodist Orphanage, Raleigh, N.C.

This week for Flashback Friday — we present Independence Hall in Philadelphia! Well, actually, not; the building seen in this postcard is Main Building, erected on the old Methodist Orphanage campus in 1903. But it has always evoked an image of Independence Hall to me.

I found the unsigned message on the back of this card to be rather cryptic.

Mon. morn. I reached here about dark without any rain. I may be back Easter anyway.

Huh? “About dark”? Guess it was Sunday night when our correspondent arrived in Apex, as the card is dated “Mon. morn.”  “Without any rain”? Maybe he was on foot or in an open wagon? And he MAY “be back Easter anyway”? Back to Garner? Which is about 15 miles from Apex. I guess the addressee, Mr Powell, knew some information about the writer that we don’t. Go figure.

Methodist Orphanage opened off Glenwood Ave. in 1899, and closed in 1979, as the focus for care for at-risk children shifted from campus-based to community-based programs.

Main Building, depicted in our postcard his week, was replaced by a modern administration building in 1933. It was demolished in the early 1980s, along with all the other early campus buildings — except one. I wonder if any of our Goodnight Raleigh readers know which building is the sole survivor, and what occupies the site of Methodist Orphanage today.

Oh yes, in case you are wondering, this is the ‘real’ Independence Hall.

Our featured postcard this week was published by F.M. Kirby & C0. Made in USA.

Fred Morgan Kirby   1887-1997
Wilkes-Barre, PA

A publisher and large retailer of postcard views of the American South and mid-Atlantic region. These cards were sold from their Five & Dime stores which numbered 96 in 1912.


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