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The Velvet Cloak Inn, “Enjoy the Velvet Touch,” Raleigh, N.C.

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This week Flashback Friday checks in at Raleigh’s once prestigious luxury hotel, The Velvet Cloak Inn. Sadly, just as in the legend of the cloak of Elizabethan courtier, Sir Walter Raleigh, the City of Raleigh’s namesake, the Velvet Cloak is nowadays covered in  mud.

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Women of the Confederacy Monument, Raleigh, N.C.

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The Women of the Confederacy Monument sits facing Morgan Street, apart from the other memorials on a scuplture-crowded Capitol Square. Many visitors probably never even notice it. So, Flashback Friday will visit the monument this week and reveal its story.

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Hillsboro Street, Raleigh, N.C.

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This week Flashback Friday takes a nostalgic look at a Hillsboro Street that is now long gone. The view depicted in our featured postcard is looking up the broad avenue from the middle of the 200 block toward the State Capitol. From there we’ll saunter down the street while taking in the scenery of more than a century ago.

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    • Dennis Barrington: Many thanks for this. Since we came in ’91 we always looked at the old houses on Bount...
    • Pam: So, now I’m thinking that the pool was on the top of the 3rd or 4th floor – the bottom floors have a...
    • LJG: Google Earth shows a black roof w/ lots of HVAC equipment there.
    • Pam: I am looking for some history on the Holiday Inn that describes the pool that was on the roof! I was there in...
    • Arjoon: Nicely written and properly explained article. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    • Mike Bozart: My family and a childhood friend stayed there in 1977. Funny how I thought about that motel some...
    • Krystyna: This design is spectacular! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your...
    • Jim: Does anyone remember “Table Supply”? It was located just on the right of the Hobby Shop and was...


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