One of our favorite weekend activities is to drive along Burlington Road (Highway 70 out East Wendover). Practically every house and piece of undeveloped land has a for sale sign, including a tobacco field we featured last fall (here). This weekend, we stopped at Whitsett, a small town east of Greensboro in the eastern end of Guilford County. July 2009 data reveal that the population of Whitsett is 735. We're betting the town of 2.8 square miles has grown in population since then. Whitsett was named for UNC history professor, Dr. William Thorton Whitsett, PhD (1866-1934), who founded Whitsett Academy in Alamance County, N.C.
At one time, the above Whitsett property was a splendid farm property. Today, it is waiting for that special person to turn it into a dollar store or a cul-de-sac. The transformation is happening before our eyes. In the case of the above barn, nature has beat the bulldozer to it. You really owe yourself a drive to Burlington to see everything that is for sale and under construction. In addition to seeing the changes, you can read highway signs and search church cornerstones and enjoy a little history sleuthing. With smart phones and iPads, you can research while you are walking, looking, and photographing. If you go, let us know what you find.