Posts Tagged ‘Route 301

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…


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July 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

Forest Inn Motor Court, Wilson, NC

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Forest Inn, Wilson, NC

Vintage postcard above borrowed from

I have no idea when the Forest Inn opened or closed, but according to a 1985 article in the Hendersonville Times-News, it was a brothel in the seventies and a church in the eighties. The remains of the slowly decaying motel are on Highway 301, just south of Wilson, NC. Some of the cabins are still standing, but many of them seem to be gone.

Forest Inn, Wilson, NC by Dean Jeffrey

The first time I photographed the sign, back in 2002, it looked like this:

Forest Inn Motor Court, Wilson, NC, 2002 by Dean Jeffrey

In 2010, the sign was still there but looked like it was starting to fall apart and slide down the pole.

Forest Inn, Wilson, NC by Dean Jeffrey

About a year later, on the last 4th of July, the sign looked like it had fallen even more. I expect it’ll soon completely collapse under its own weight.

Forest Inn Motor Court, Wilson, NC by Dean Jeffrey

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July 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm