Just outside of Hildebran, North Carolina on Henry River Road, about 1/2 mile from exit 119 near Hickory sits the abandoned Henry River Mill Village. The community isn’t a recent victim of economic woes, but a remnant of a bygone error. It is also the site chosen to serve as the deprecated District 12 in the movie The Hunger Games.
Unveiled in 1975, Tunnelvision, the magnificent and massive mural created by Columbia based artist Blue Sky is a 50 ft x 75 ft work of art painted on the side of the Federal Land Bank Building. Visitors who happen upon the mural by accident describe it as “deceptively realistic”: though nobody has actually tried to drive into it.
Tunnelvision is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Busted Plug Plaza.”
The State House in Columbia, South Carolina, is a must see stop for visitor’s to the Palmetto State. Complete with gorgeously maintained pathways and monuments commemorating the the state’s rich history, the grounds also include remnants of the U.S. Civil War.
In addition to metal stars located on the outside walls of the state house that memorialize damage caused by Federal troops during the capture of Columbia in 1865, there stands is a broken (some say vandalized) bronze statute of President George Washington.
Sometimes you just have to pull off the road to see some of the more interesting sights on your journey. We took a road trip through North Carolina in April 2016 and happened upon the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in the City of High Point, North Carolina. High Point, incidentally, is the home furnishings capitol of the universe! So it wasn’t surprising to find this huge monstrosity that you can pull off an photograph for FREE.
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers: 508 N Hamilton St, High Point, NC 27262