One of my favorite things to do is to find cool and historic locations to photograph. I love to read and hear about the old history of the historic sites. I really enjoy looking at the old images of the historic builders, landmarks, and other historic sites. Luckily for me, I live in Jamestown North Carolina and I have a few sites that are easy to access and photograph. One such historic location is the Jamestown Library.
The Jamestown Library is a unique building that you definitely don't see too many like it today. In 1907, the location of the building was the site for the first rural high school in the area. The former high school was unique back in the day. It was the first accredited rural high school in the state of North Carolina and was the first of its kind in the country.
The Jamestown Public School Building was built over 100 years old, back in 1915 after a tragic fire destroyed the first building. The new building was utilized as a high school until 1959. During that year, the Ragsdale High School was built and replaced it. After the building was no longer used as a high school, it became a middle school and it was called the Millis Road Elementary School until 1982.
After 1982, the alumni from the town renovated the building and converted it into the Jamestown Public Library in 1988. Today, the building stands as a proud symbol of the rich historic history of the town of Jamestown.
Recently, I visited the Jamestown Public Library and did a photo shoot of the building. It was very nice to be able to walk quietly around the historic property and admire the building, it's history and the unique architecture. Below are a few photos from my photo shoot.
If you love the history of old buildings in small towns you have to visit the Jamestown Public Library. It is a great building to visit, read about its history, and most of all photograph. I suggest if you come to photograph the building and the grounds plan to do it in the Spring when the site is full of color. Winter is also a great time to photograph the building if the area is covered in snow. The best day to visit the building in on Sunday's. The site is closed and you pretty much have access the site all to yourself. So, enjoy it.
Until next time, keep shooting!