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Abandonment and neglect are destroying the well-built farmhouses vital to North Carolina's rural heritage and landscape; in these actions, history is lost and valuable housing stock is wasted. But there are possibilities of a brighter future for old homeplaces. One is the increasing number of people moving back to rural areas of North Carolina and these buildings also offer attractive places for preservation initiatives.
Benny and Annette Fountain recently opened Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum in Duplin County, North Carolina. The museum is located on part of the working farm that has been in the Fountain family since 1912. The home of David and Ludie Fountain, Benny’s parents, showcases the preserved Dogtrot-style farmhouse from the 1830s and exhibits of farm life.
In their years of disuse and disregard, barns were being reclaimed by nature. As the author insisted, though, this remnant of the former economic staple for much of NC had elements that worms could not consume. There was the barns’ capacity to well up memories of the agrarian life. Also was this reminder: the important role barns played in rural life and many small towns.