Where in Carolina Country is This?
The January “Where Is This” photo by Jones-Onslow EMC member Barry Fetzer features the Hugh Trader General Store, located on Miller Boulevard in Havelock. Barry took the photo during the 2010 winter storm that hit Craven County, and said the store looks the same today. He quipped that the store probably hasn’t changed much since built on that location around 1920. He adds that his wife would ride her bike to the store to buy a loaf of bread for her mom in the 1950s. Others remember buying penny candy, RC Cola and ice cream here. The store once served as the center of commerce between New Bern and the coast, where families used the barter system to purchase items, and it held the local post office. Reader Dennis Stokes noted that Babe Ruth bought provisions here when he fished in the area. The store is now maintained by the Havelock Historical Preservation Society. The winning entry chosen at random from almost 300 correct submissions came from Ethan Sanford of Hamlet, a Pee Dee Electric member.