Friday, June 9, 2023

Another Trip Another Pictorial

When I began this blog, every trip I made to a new county, a new courthouse,  history center or Library Genealogy room, became another post. Whether a beautiful old Courthouse or a dusty basement full of precarious books, each was a new adventure.

These days I rarely do that anymore, as my trips are usually the third or tenth or 110th trip to that particular vault of treats and surprises. This time is a little different. 

I needed to go to both Lincoln and Chesterfield Counties in South Carolina. That took me down through Union and back up through Anson in North Carolina. 

I always find unique, quaint, historic or beautiful spots when I do this and today was no exception.


The family of Titus and Hannah Laney arrived on these shores in 1832 and twenty years later settled along the border of Lancaster County, South Carolina and Union County, North Carolina. They contributed six sons to fight in the Revolutionary War

A collapsing old structure decays slowly near the remains of a beloved and well kept family cemetery. Many graves remain unmarked

The old house is surrounded by fields and large oak trees. 

The grave of J. H. and Polly Laney are among those preserved in the cemetery. Several generations of Laney occupied this ground.

A Beautiful OLD CHURCH with unique architecture. Above is Trinity United Methodist Church. The steeple is located above an alcove, where two wings seem forged together in an Ell angle. Located on Wolf Pond Road in Union County, NC

An old Rock Building constructed of dimension stones. Was it built for storage or some other purpose? It boasts a metal roof and red door. The little red fire hydrant is the perfect accessory. 

A SLICE Of AMERICANA on the State line.

A parking lot as pretty as the building itself.

A truck and tractor become roof ornaments.



A beautiful old log cabin next to a chimney left from a building long gone.



Cows grazing next to the road without a fence in sight.

Leonidas Lafayette Polk was North Carolina's first Commisioner of Agriculture. He founded the town of Polkton, in Anson County, where the Polk Homestead is now under reconstruction. I applaud Anson Counties preservation of historical sites.

Polk was also a writer. He had a weekly newspaper in Anson County, that he called "The Ansonians", and because of his interest in agriculture, he started another paper called, The Progressive Farmer", which is published to this day.

As a politician, Polk also built a house in Raleigh, which has been preserved. He died in 1892 in Washington, DC, but was returned home to Raleigh to be buried. He was also heavily involved in religion and education and was instrumental in the founding of a number of schools and churches. The house, as it is, remains a thing of beauty under the old trees holding reverence. 

A view of some of the white buildings of Polkton town from view of the House.

I've never seen American flags with German Shepherds on them as well. I'm a big German Shepherd fan and these black German Shepherd prints are interesting. 

Genealogy  and history can not be separated. Each trip, whether far or near, I always learn a little more and I thouroughly enjoy seeing these little bits of Americana and historic places. 

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