A roadside fishmonger in Beaufort put the whole project in perspective when he said: "This is Beaufort; everybody is writing a book." So, why not keep going. In Southport, a skiff, rotted to the waterline and covered with barnacles and oysters, is seen only at low tide in the basin. In Sampson County, tobacco fields have given way to cotton, something I have seen more and more in my driving. Two stately brick chimneys are all that remain from a homestead that is now an open field, and in Bailey, an auctioneer sells off a 150-year-old farm for a housing development. Outside North Wilkesboro, a business is razed to make way for the widening of U.S. 421.
Cobweb and hasp, waiting room
door of abandoned train station,
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