Carolyn Court Motel, Selma, NC

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Carolyn Court Motel, Selma, NC by Dean Jeffrey

The sign for Carolyn Court seems to appear out of nowhere on a rural stretch of US 301 just north of Selma, NC, with no accompanying buildings in sight. There are, in fact, a couple of crumbling brick walls of the main office in the woods near the sign, but they’re pretty hard to see because the area is so overgrown. But besides those remains and the sign next to the road, any other trace of Carolyn Court is long gone.

I wish I knew more about this place, but the only other info I’ve been able to find is a couple of vintage postcards posted on Flickr and eBay.

Carolyn Court postcard front

Carolyn Court postcard back

Carolyn Court postcard

In addition to the big sign, there used to be another smaller sign here. Originally, it said “Carolyn Court,” as can be seen in the first postcard above. Later it was flipped over and repainted to say “Dining Room,” as can be seen, just barely, in the second postcard (next to the “C” in “Court” in the big sign.)

Carolyn Court, Selma, NC by Dean Jeffrey

Sadly, that sign disappeared somewhere between late 2010 and early 2011.

Carolyn Court Motel, Selma, NC by Dean Jeffrey

I wonder if it’s become part of someone’s private collection, or if it’s going to turn up for sale somewhere…


Written by Dean Jeffrey

July 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

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  1. Nice post, I crossed this myself and I’m also left with intrigue.


    May 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

  2. We live in Selma, NC! We stopped by the Carolyn Court site yesterday and traipsed around in the woods to see what else was left. Some very nifty ruins of brick cottages, really neat photo opportunities, definitely worth a romp through the brambles if you’ve got the time. (And don’t mind doing a little bit of what’s most likely trespassing!) It’s right at the intersection of 39 and 301.


    February 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  3. Hi Molly, thanks for posting! And yes, you’re right, there are some great remnants of a few of the cottages way back in the woods. I found them a couple years ago, in the middle of winter, when they weren’t quite so overgrown. Now I just need to find the time to update this out-of-date blog post…

    Dean Jeffrey

    February 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

  4. Wow. Great job!
    My wife and i came across that place 15years ago on a drive out of cary. We walked the property but there was little to see. Id always wondered about it. This morning i decide to try googling it and find someone else likes stuff like that.
    thank you.
    I would love to find an old timer who could tell stories about the place. But we live in tenn now.


    July 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    • Hey, thanks for the comment, and glad I could satisfy at least some of your curiosity.

      Dean Jeffrey

      July 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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