I am a photographer that loves to photograph old historic locations and in the small town of Jamestown North Carolina I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the old Jamestown Gas Station before it becomes a new business location. When I first moved to Jamestown in 2007 I could not help but notice one of the most prominent features of the small historic town right on Main Street. As a photographer, I knew I would one day have to make a trip to the old gas station and get a few photos.
The old gas station was actually built in 1919 and closed down in the ’90s. Since then it has been empty. There has been some activity at the old gas station since it's closure. Over the years people have used the location to sell cars, sell yard sale items, and I even took advantage of the old property to take a few biker portrait photos. The building has a unique historic nostalgic feel to it and a perfect place to take photos. Over the last year, the old station has been going through some changes. Recently, it is being remodeled and will soon be the Black Powder Smokehouse. The Black Powder Smokehouse will be serving BBQ and that will be nice. Actually, according to my research, the gas station was the first eating joint in town. So, it away, it will be going back to its roots.
So, why did I want to photograph the old gas station? I took the time to photograph the gas station because one day I knew it would be gone and lose its original history. I did not want the people of Jamestown to forget the old gas station and it's historial value to the town. For some people, It may be a little sad to know the original gas station will no longer with us, but we are fortunate because the new owners of the property are taking great strides and working hard to keep the original feel of the property in tack. They are keeping the look of the entrance as original as possible, refurbishing the old tiles of the roof, and even having the original gas pumps restored. The owners understand how important the old gas station’s history is to the already historic town of Jamestown.
I will continue to photograph old historic locations because I am fully aware that nothing last forever and being a photographer allows me the opportunity to capture a part of history. That is what I love to do.
Until next time!