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The (Sweet) Person Street Walking Tour

Corner of Jones and Person Streets

On the edge of where Oakwood brushes up against the various institutions of state government lies a beautiful and often overlooked part of Raleigh: North Person Street. The area is one of the oldest parts of the city, and likely has the most diverse array of Victorian architecture.

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Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne House: A Win-Wynne Situation

 

Often, one’s first impression of Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne House is its size — it is huge! Ever since I first photographed the house with my trusty Kodak Instamatic camera back in the 1960s, I have been intrigued by its architecture and beguiled by what wonderment possibly lay within. Now, many years later, I finally got my wish. Goodnight Raleigh had the opportunity recently to photograph the interior of the mansion, and I can tell you — it’s, well, huge!

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The Many S’s of Side Street Restaurant [updated]

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Oakwood lies a restaurant specializing in all the S’s: soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweets. Continuing on the “Side” theme, the menu is broken down according to what type of “Side” you’d like: “A Bit on the Warm Side”, “The Green Side”, “The Lighter Side”, “Our Best Side”, and “Side Kicks”.

Side Street Restaurant is a sole proprietership run by Mary Lu Wooten, although both of her brothers also work there. She bought the place in the summer of 1979, which means that this year will mark the 30th year in operation. Previously named the Corner Cupboard, the name was changed to Side Street by the previous owner prior to her taking over. When she first began running the restaurant, there were only 4 or 5 places to eat in the downtown area, including the Capital Room in the now gone Hudson Belk on Fayetteville Street.

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    • Martha: I used to pass this house on the way home from work. I stopped once as there was a lady in the...
    • Sophie Z: It is now occupied by Poole’s Diner. There is a mural on the side of the building in rainbow lettering that...
    • Carol Freeman Clemons: I attended St Monica’s from 1950 to 1958. A couple of years ago I returned to Raleigh and...
    • Morris Willis: I was a member of The Huckleberry Mudflap in the 60’s and purchased a Gibson SG Standard from...
    • Kylie Byrne: @Pam Powell, I believe my Granny lived in the orphanage from 1937 until approximately 1945 or 1946. Are...
    • Banjo John: We explored the tunnels in the late 70s. You could enter by the door in the Free Expression Tunnel and...
    • Mitch Hazouri: I don’t recall making the claim that Mitch’s is the oldest bar in Raleigh. I’ll...
    • BJM: I worked as a Red Cross volunteer in the house next door..which was the Red Cross Chapter house. I never saw the...


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