A new reel house for the Red Hots.

Wilson Advance, 19 January 1899.

Robert L. Wyatt Sr., a well-to-do tinsmith and town commissioner, died in 1893, but his adult children remained in his house on Spring Street. I do not know the exact location of the Red Hots’ new reel house, but the reference to proximity to the stemmeries suggests that it was west of Nash Street toward South Street. (With the burgeoning tobacco trade, this area would soon become heavily industrial, but in the 1890s it was home to several large houses.) However, neither the 1897 nor 1903 Sanborn fire insurance map reveals anything that looks like a reel house.

The newly opened Kinsey Female Seminary was at Whitehead and Lee Streets at what was then the northwestern edge of residential settlement in Wilson.

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