Hobgood North Carolina
The Town of Hobgood lies at
the southeastern tip of Halifax County at the intersection of highways 125 and
122 bordering the Edgecombe and Martin County lines. In 1889 – 90, the
Atlantic Coastline Railroad established a rail head in-between the towns of
Conohoe (present-day Oak City) and Scotland Neck. A depot was constructed during
that time for this purpose. Very quickly, a town formed around it and was
incorporated in 1891. It was named Hobgood after a Mr. Hobgood who lived
approximately a mile away and operated a saloon/store that served travelers
moving between the main thoroughfares of Halifax and Tarboro. In large part
because of the railroad, the town flourished both economically, culturally and
spiritually. As a primary embarkation point for people traveling to and from
Virginia and beyond, the town attracted individuals from all walks of life. A
large hotel was built to house the overnight travelers and Main Street was a
flurry of activity with numerous shops and stores on both sides of the street.
As with communities across the nation, Hobgood has a proud heritage of achievement in a variety of areas and can boast of many native sons and daughters who have been very successful both educationally and professionally. James Hogun, noted Brigadier General of the Revolutionary War, Lt. General Frank Armstrong, noted World War II fighter pilot and ‘Twelve O’clock High’ fame, Miss North Carolina USA 1989, Jackie Padgette and recently retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Hugh Shelton are just a few of the more notable examples who grew up within a two-mile radius of Hobgood.
Located just 90 minutes from
Raleigh, two hours from Williamsburg, Va. , two and one-half hours from
Chesapeake, Va. and approximately two hours from Atlantic Beach, Hobgood offers
a beautiful bucolic and rustic setting to its residents while close enough to
several major cities and thoroughfares for quick access to shopping, recreation
and medical care if needed. Possibly Hobgood’s proudest achievement at this
point is its claim to having one of the finest private schools in eastern North
Carolina, Hobgood Academy. Founded in 1970, this K-12 institution has seen many
of its graduates go on to graduate from the finest universities and colleges in
the country and serve their communities and nation with distinction in virtually
every field of endeavor.
Article by Robert Sykes
Article by Robert Sykes
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