Hinsonton Baptist Church, 1914, Mitchell County
Hinsonton has always been a small community, but this store was probably the center of life from the 1930s to the early 1970s. The last time I was here, it appeared as if someone was trying to restore this place. Tina Haywood Battle notes that the store was closed by the 1970s.
The old Gilbarco gas pumps are amazing survivors but Ted Floyd remembers the store from an even earlier time. My family (Harrells) have lived near Hinsonton for about 150 Years. As a child, in the 1940’s and early 50’s I drank many an RC Cola with salted peanuts dumped in the bottle at this old store. You could get bologna and cheese sliced at the back, Kits and BB Bat candy. Long before the Gilbarco pumps, the gas was delivered by gravity. Pumped up by hand into a glass tower to measure the quantity then released by gravity into the tank.