This past weekend with an excellent group of P.E.O. buddies I visited Lake Gaston and some of the small towns on the North Carolina side of the water: Littleton, Warrenton, and Roanoke Rapids. In Littleton we stopped at A Birds Eye View – antiques, jewlery, fine housewares – and lunched on delicious barbecue at Grandpa’s Kitchen. Straight on down route 158 heading west, we came to Warrenton where our favorite gift store is located – The Scarlet Rooster. After browsing and paying for our purchases, we wandered down the street to the Hardware Cafe for tea. It was a beautiful Autumn day, with drifts of yellow leaves along the sidewalk. Across the street from the Cafe find the love brick, on the sidewalk in front of the Warren County courthouse.
As we left the lake on Sunday, we drove back thru Roanoke Rapids and I was able to grab a few photos of the tiny mill houses that are left from the textile mill village built for the workers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Click for more info on these villages and conditions in the mills. For a firsthand description of a mill village and the poem “Textile Life” go to the American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940 exhibit at the American Memory website from the Library of Congress. (Follow the American Life Histories link above. Then search for the exact phrase “Textile Life” and ask the search engine to match those words only.)