Lattimore, Lawndale, Double Shoals, Polkville, Kingstown, Five Points, North Carolina

Traveling from one town to the next we went through a lot of nice farm land. Usually this many towns takes us a long time to complete, but we were done in 2 hours, there just wasn’t much to look at and explore.  I saw a bike route sign in Lawndale pointing to Polkville but could not find any more signs.

The towns of Lattimore, Lawndale and Polkville had a lot of vacant buildings and it was obvious that they had active towns in the past.

Lattimore, NC

Lattimore is a town in Cleveland County. The town has had a post office since 1886 and was named for an early settler.  Lattimore was incorporated in 1890. Population was 488 at 2010 census.

Shelby, North Carolina is 8 miles east of Lattimore.  The small town of Lattimore has vacant warehouses and buildings, but the town is still charming. The Hunt Memorial Park in the center of town has gazebos and flowers .  The café and coffee shop wasn’t open on Saturday at 11:00am. Only 2 cars passed me when I was taking pictures, I imagine that everything opens when the college is in session.

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DEPOT ON DEPOT STREET

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THE DEPOT CAFE
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FUTURE HOME OF LATTIMORE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Ambassador Baptist College – Founded by Ron Comfort in 1989.  The mission of the college is to train ministers.  The building that they occupy was an elementary and middle school.  They have added dormitories and purchased the building adjoining the property for a coffee shop and bookstore.  101 Stockton Street

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AMBASSADOR BAPTIST COLLEGE
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HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE SHOP & BOOKSTORE
Kingstown, NC

Kingstown was named to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was incorporated in 1989.  The town is in Cleveland County.  Population was 681 in 2010 census.

Kingstown Road is the main road through town.  Nice small town, large church when entering the town.

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KINGSTOWN TOWN HALL & SHERIFF OFFICE
Double Shoals, NC

Double Shoals Cotton Mill – Original structure built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  45,457 sq. ft. former cotton mill on 14.7 acres. 1,478 feet of First Broad River frontage.  199 Old Mill Rd.

There are quite a few mill houses along Old Mill Road, the homes have been well kept.

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COTTON MILL
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ACROSS FROM MILL
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DOUBLE SHOALS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ESTABLISHED IN AUGUST 1857
Lawndale, NC

Lawndale is a town in Cleveland County along the First Broad River. The population was 606 at the 2010 census.  Take Hwy 182 to Polkville.

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MOST OF THE BUILDINGS ARE EMPTY

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VACANT BUILDING

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Polkville, NC

Polkville is a small city in Cleveland County. The population was 545 at the 2010 census.  Buildings are stretched out along US Hwy 226

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TOWN HALL

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SALVAGE AND LUMBER
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ACROSS THE ROAD FROM BINGHAM STORE
Five Points, NC

 

MOUNT HARMONY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Congregation organized by 1791. Cemetery and present building, the church’s fourth, are one-mile west.  Marker is on US Hwy 226 NW of Polkville.

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About Mount Harmony Church – Over the years conflicting claims has surfaced regarding which Methodist church was the first to be established west of the Catawba River.  Years earlier Rehobeth Methodist Church in Catawba County had erected a marker claiming the distinction.  Asbury was named as one of several grantees in the 1791 deed conveying two and one-half acres to the Mount Harmony congregation.  Church is on Mount Harmony Church Road.

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IN MEMORY OF THE UNMARKED GRAVES