|The old Ferry|
Before Badin, there was Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Falls, the Narrows, the Ferry's and the Yadkin River. A narrow road, following roughly present day Valley Drive, led from the area of Ebenezer Baptist, down through the Valley connecting with the ferry roads all the way to the Swift Island Ferry, close to where the Swift Island Bridge crosses between Stanly and Montgomery Counties on Hwy 24/27.
The town of Badin, itself, is the baby among the communties of Stanly County.
|A torrent of water of the Yadkin|
By fall of 1915, the start of World War I would change things. The French would pull out of the project and an American Company from Pennsylvania would take over. The Mellon group owned the Aluminum Company of America and ALCOA would become a big part of the Stanly County landscape for decades to come.
Before the Roaring Twenties, the town of Badin would include a school, a theater, a hospital and several merchants and store buildings. Besides it's picturesque French architecture, another unique feature of Badin is that it was actually two villages, one that mirrored the other. While the clubhouse, golf course, supervisors housing, plant offices, fire department and other buildings were built on the part of Badin that is situated on the banks of Badin Lake, the west part of Badin was built behind the large plant dividing the two sections of town by an enoromus smelter and industrial presence. This section also included churches, a school and various sizes of cottages and was built for the non-white employees and their families. ALCOA was one of the first industrial facilities in the area to
|The Narrows before the dam.|
Recently, my three year old grandson and I visited the Badin museum. It is located in what I believe is the former post office and also includes the old fire station and one side of one of the unique townhouse apartments built by the French company.
The town of Badin climbs Falls Mountain. A road accesses Falls Dam, but the far side of Falls Mountain is part of Morrow Mountain State Park and the road used to travel all the way through and passed by the foot of Attaway Hill, home of Dr. Francis Kron, on its way to Lowder's Ferry.
Sadly, the glare on the glass was unavoidable in trying to capture by camera, these old glass encased photos of old Badin. It is truly a one-of-a-kind little town.
The photo to the left shows the gentle rise in the hill climbling streets and a good view of some of the townhouses. Below is a shot from the top of one of the streets looking down into the village.
To the left, what the fashionable office employees wore in the early days of Alcoa. A hat was always part of the ensemble.
To the right, my grandson checking out the way a bed was strung to hold up a mattress back in the day.
Below, beautiful quilts were an art in the early part of the last century.
|I had no idea vacuum cleaners predated electricity.|
|Eli and an old timey cradle|
We enjoyed our visit to Badin and to the museum. I believe I learned as much as Eli did. I hope I can take him on many more excursions to learn about his heritage. I was the recipient of my grandfathers love of family history and genealogy. Eli is the only one I have so far to pass it down to. I hope to instill in him the value and love of the knowledge of who and what came before. Our children are our future. They are the link to preserving our past.