HOLLOW ROCK STORE
The Hollow Rock Store is a historic treasure on the border of Orange and Durham Counties. With your help, we can restore it as a beloved community gathering place for generations to come.
Unique Places to Save needs your help to complete our campaign to raise $25,000 for the Hollow Rock Store. In 2016 the community banded together to raise the first $15,000, covering the cost to move the store from its temporary home to its original location near New Hope Creek off Erwin Road, a new metal roof, a nice replacement shed for Jan Gregg. We are grateful to Ms. Gregg, who “adopted” the store as part of her pottery studio to save it when Erwin Road was widened and the bridge over New Hope Creek was installed. These community funds also leveraged additional funding from Orange and Durham Counties to cover the stabilizing the structure, safely removing old lead paint and repainting it, and preparing a new foundation. The Hollow Rock Store now serves as a gateway to the new Hollow Rock Nature Park. With your help to raise the additional $10,000 needed to reach the $25,000 goal, the additional restoration of the store can commence for its reopening as a gathering place, information center and archaeological, historical and geological museum for the Hollow Rock area!
Originally, the Hollow Rock Store graced the banks of the New Hope Creek at Erwin Road from about 1930 until 1999. It had two incarnations. The first store, shown in the above 1972 photograph, was built and owned by John Ransom Whitfield. John Brown rented the store from Whitfield and operated it for nearly 40 years. The store sold groceries and gas, and served as a polling place on election days, in addition to being a significant community gathering place.
In the mid-1960s, there were musical gatherings at the store on Friday nights after closing time. Among other local musicians, the lineup sometimes included banjo player Tommy Thompson, later of the Red Clay Ramblers. Tommy and his wife were part of a band known as the Hollow Rock String Band before the Red Clay Ramblers were formed.
We need your help today! Please make a tax-deductible charitable donation today to complete the restoration and open the historic Hollow Rock Store as part of the Hollow Rock Nature Park. Help Unique Places To Save preserve this key landmark of our local heritage!