Through a recent discussion with a colleague, I discovered that the strip mall where I shop quite a bit is the site of the former Midway Plantation. We not only discussed the physical location of the plantation, but other residual attributes that may not have moved on when the buildings were gone. I’ll delve into specifics of my meaning as the history of Midway Plantation unfolds; there will be multiple blogs on this plantation subject.
To know that I’d weekly visited or passed by a plantation of any name, scared and intrigued my senses. Thank heaven above it is not the nineteen hundreds; otherwise as an African American hanging around this site, my future would not shine brightly. The next time I visit Ross, or Michaels, or Target, I don’t believe I will view the land quite the same again.
It is not that I will look upon this stretch with a negative light, but I would be remised if I did not ponder questions about the day to day lives of three-hundred to four hundred slaves who once lived there. Any plantation worth its salt had at least that many.
As a paranormal writer, my intuitive nature, coupled with a powerful imagination will construct a scene, picturing the plantation house and outbuildings. I might even spot a woman who looks like me, although her clothing and status in society is one cast in a stone she cannot openly escape from. She is not free to choose as I am.
History says that the original Midway Plantation house and outbuildings were constructed in the mid nineteenth century about 0.75 miles west of the present day highway 64, Wake County, Knightdale NC. When the plantation thrived, highway 64, my main route out of the complex where I live, was a wagon trail. History also said that a two-story plantation house was constructed in eighteen forty-eight by Charles Lewis Hinton as a wedding gift to his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Mary Boddie Carr, and was named for its positioning halfway between Beaver Dam, The Oaks, and two other Hinton family properties.
Other onsite construction included a kitchen, carriage house, kitchen, smokehouse, potato house, well house, ice house, cotton gin, loom house, doll house, two stables, office, school, and several salve quarters.
In June of two-thousand five, the house and surviving outbuildings were moved about 2 miles north of their original location to make way for the present shopping center. I know that center as Shoppes At Midway, Knightdale NC.
This is the first in a series of blog about Midway Plantation. My fascination includes its rich heritage, whites with mixed raced cousin, and…ghosts.
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