|If walls could talk|
LUMBERTON - At the end of Caldwell Street sits a yellow and white Victorian home, painted over from the pale ochre and brown that first colored its exterior 108 years ago. Until recently, its walls have known the name of only one family - the same that gives the street its name.
Caldwell Street is just a short stretch of pavement covering only a couple of blocks, but at its end, sits the beginning of a story.
Neill A. Thompson III calls it history.
"His story," he said, insinuating that the tale is subject to the interpretation of the teller.
Some might deem it a mystery. Indeed, it has inspired artists to sketch its exterior and a local mystery-suspense author to base an entire series on its setting - the Black Swamp Mysteries Series by p.m. terrell. But the history that leaves the Queen-Anne style home on Caldwell Street - reminiscent of a magnificent doll house - still standing after all these years is a mix of chance and fortune, and many near-misses.
(The Robesonian, 1/27/2013)