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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Florida Bound

Heading south from Durham, NC to Sarasota, FL for a Pleasure-Way RV rally and Thanksgiving with family we decided to avoid I-95 and take more interesting roads. Reaching the town of Hamlet, I noticed a sign for the National Railroad Hall of Fame so, of course, we followed the signs. Finding that it is only open weekends from 1-4 pm we looked for other things of interest in Hamlet.

Beth found the Hamlet Depot only a few blocks away. This Victorian style depot was restored in 2004 and is on the Register of National Historic Places. It was moved across and further from the tracks for safety purposes. That must have been quite a project.
Originally constructed in 1900 it was a division headquarters for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in addition to being a passenger depot.
Still an active passenger station today, Amtrak crews have their own room and entrance.
Two major lines cross right in front of the station.
Unfortunately this museum doesn't open until 1:00 on the weekends so we didn't get to go inside. It is open from 8-5 during the week. My consolation prize was horns announcing a long freight train passing by.
The depot museum is free so we definitely need to come back. I peeked through a window to get this morse code exhibit.
Seaboard was the railroad before CSX and they have an engine and caboose parked across the street from the depot.
One more train related photo for today. This looks like an interesting track maintenance car. Does anyone know what it does?
A little later in the day we stopped for gas and noticed a sign for the Pee Dee State Farmer's Market in Florence, South Carolina. We stocked up on fresh vegetables and even bought a little pecan pie.
We rolled in to Santee State Park before dark and checked in at the Cypress View campground.
A fishing pier offers easy access to Lake Marion.
The club house offers a warm place to socialize with games and picture windows overlooking the lake.
Walking down to the beach just before sunset, this picnic table confirmed that water levels were still high from Hurricane Florence.
Our site was level and dry with water and electric for $39.96 No reservations were needed for a Saturday night in November.

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