Journey Through North Carolina – Part 22 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~
Hello and welcome to part 22 of our journey through North Carolina.
While driving around Claremont, NC we became aware the state of NC was home to two covered bridges, one of which was right here in Claremont and the other was further west in Mt. Pisgah. Well, you know from our Pennsylvania road trip covered bridges are an interest to us so we were off this find Bunker Hill covered bridge and learn more of this 1894 feat of civil engineering.
As we admired this structure we met David a local contractor and he noted being there to study the structure of the bridge. He shared that his company, Corban Homes of North Carolina , was building a home in the area and the property had a bridge on its property built about the same time as this one. He said that to get the materials to the building site however they were going to have to widen the bridge. The town board however wouldn’t approve their plan and insisted the existing bridge not be “modernized”. The town’s suggestion however was bringing out of retirement a bridge builder that was the only one still alive familiar with that type bridge. The board would then see how the changes could be made and still maintain that bridge’s original existence. It was interesting to hear David talk as he studied the construction comparing it to modern times and how the old ways were still very much in play today.
David opened about his early beginnings working with his dad and brothers in the building trades and one thing he said that caused us to pause and reflect was an observation he had made comparing then and now. He noted his early beginnings, twenty some years ago, how folks worked passionately alongside the contractor as their dream home was being built knowing it would house the family and all its memories for the tomorrows to follow. He kind of lamented a bit as he said this was no longer true. Most people today, he noted, just want the house built as fast as can be so they can move in and get on with the “business” of life. He noted that even though this was a sad reality, he and his brothers still cling to their passion of building each home as a work of love for the new owner’s foundation for whatever dreams they choose to develop.
What a great attitude David had and he was so grounded and open about his faith in God. We know one thing for sure and that is if we were to have a home built he would be our builder of choice.
As we walked toward our vehicle we could not help feeling touched once again by the stories we continually hear of holding on to traditional values and working hard to be a person of character. We know you are following us David, so know we salute you and your efforts and know others are joining us in saying be safe and keep doing great work.
Well this is it for today. We hope you come back and see how the trip unfolds as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes. Until then be safe.