We saw a little local diner and figured there might be people there that could help us. We went in and scoped out someone that looked like they might be a local who would know the area. There was a very nice lady sitting there, who looked like she was quite comfortable in the setting, so we walked up to her and asked if she knew the location of the high school. She was so nice and proceeded to tell us that she could give us directions to where the school used to be! What? It wasn't there anymore? Another one of those disappointing moments along the trek we have embarked upon. The sad thing was, she seemed very disappointed that the school had been torn down. She said the community was not happy about the teardown, but it was not in good enough shape to leave standing.
|Some of the old buildings in Goldston, NC.|
When we arrived at the location she had given us, there was not a trace of the main building. We had a picture which kind of gave us an idea of the setting and there was a big smokestack in the background that could serve as a landmark, but that was gone too.
|Goldston High School.|
Picture from the 1948 Gold-Stone Yearbook. (1)
|Original retaining wall in front of|
what was the old Goldson High School.
The sidewalk that led to the front of the building was still visible, which is sort of visible in the middle of this picture, above the road, behind the wall.
At the time of the picture of the school, there were very few trees in the front but the area had grown up a lot. The location was just outside the downtown area and sat at the crossroads of several towns. It is a beautiful area. There wasn't a lot out there either, which made it a great location for a school
Before the high school was torn down, they converted it from a high school to an elementary school.
|The High School was changed into an elementary school|
before being torn down. You can see the
smokestack is still in the background.
(1) From the Gold-Stone High School Yearbook of 1948, The Graphic Press, Inc., Raleigh, NC. From the Classmates.com website.