The Farrior farm.

For much of the twentieth century, Wilson’s eastern city limits did not extend beyond modern U.S. Highway 301. A half-mile outside of town, along what was then a county road (and is now Martin L. King Parkway/U.S. Highway 264 Alternate), sprawled one of Jefferson D. Farrior‘s many farms.

In 1919, Atlantic Coast Realty prepared a plat map showing the 500+-acre Farrior farm divided into 35 unequal parcels. Though there were few buildings or other landmarks on the land, it is easily identifiable. I spent half my childhood on the land, on its far edge, in Bel-Air Forest.

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Plat map 1, page 160, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson.

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