Cameron has been "The Antiques Capital of the Sandhills"
for several years
The Muse Brothers Store, that used to be the largest department store
between Richmond, Va. and Augusta, Ga, in the late 1800's. is now one of
many historical buildings filled with enchanting antiques and treasures,
along Carthage Street(Hwy 24/27).
Ever since this sleepy little town took
off with the arrival of the railroad, Cameron has been an enchanting
place. It still retains much of it's charm, and antiques and collectibles
have become an industry to the town, in and of itself. Considered by many to
be one of the great antiques meccas of the east coast, it still draws
visitors from all over the country.
The homes along this historical "main drag" of the town
are reflections of Victorian and early Bungalow style that reflects just how
instrumental the railroad was in shaping the town. The Raleigh and Augusta
Railroad dead ended here for several years, and as
different types of people and
styles arrived from different cultures, so did the style of homes,
collectibles and laid back, relaxed lifestyle.
Some of the early businesses
between 1880 - 1920 included general stores, turpentine distilleries, two
hotels, three saloons, a millstone company and hosiery mill. It's easy to
see that manufacturing, naval stores processing (early on) and agriculture,
through the railroad, played major roles in the economy. This very short
stretch of road would never be found until you hear about it from someone
else. Go 1 mile in any direction and you're back in country, rural America.
This small compact town along Carthage St, set up by early
railroad men, merchants and farmers has retained it's charm and character
ever since. And although the
Antiques Street Fair only happens twice a
year(May and October), the love of history and preservation of heritage live
on here year round. A love of the simple things in life and what really
And although history tells us that the Dewberries that exploded the
economic growth in Cameron didn't survive, you will still find those famous black and red blackberry offspring
hiding along the side of the road, all throughout this area and throughout
the county. Just look for the thick briars that grow beside these rural
roads, and then look for the black and red dots of color. Now whether these
are the same as the original dewberries, we can't say, but the ones we have
now make incredible cobbler and taste really good straight off the bush.
This quiet community is home to a little over 300
residents and several
thousand visitors on a temporary basis, throughout the year. Property and
real estate on the outskirts of the downtown area are very affordable.
The area is largely small rural properties and farms as you would expect. Just
north of Vass, 15 minutes from
Carthage to the east and 15 minutes to
Southern Pines to the south,
Cameron is just a skip away from
all major areas of Moore County.
And that's part of what makes this
community so special. The little community that was the first stop of the
Raleigh Augusta Railroad, before heading south along Plank Road to the
southern communities and the market town of Fayetteville, has retained it's
identity through all of the growth and hoopla about golf.
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