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Special thanks goes to Mrs. Jo Ann Murphy for supplying the copy of the picture above of Mr. Freeman Ernul. It was Freeman Ernul from whom the town of Ernul got its name. Mrs. Murphy is also the Great-Grand Daughter of Freeman Ernul.
Welcome to the site dedicated to providing history, business, and general information for the community of Ernul, North Carolina. This site will also provide information pertaining to the communities of Askins and Caton.
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Finding a Shady Spot
On Saturday, September 3, 2011 I spotted these three travelers resting on the porch of the old general store being entertained by the little dog you can see to the left. I spoke with them briefly and they told me that they were traveling from Richmond, VA to Wilmington, NC. I did not get their names, so I will refer to them as the Richmond Cyclists. Hey guys! Drop me an email when you get chance and let me know about your trip to Wilmington!
UPDATE: I received a response from one the cyclists pictured above on 6/19/2013. He stated that his name was Tim, and that his fellow travelers were Dylan and Spazzy. From Ernul they continued on to Wilmington then south to Florida, then headed west to New Orleans, Austin, Phoenix, and finally to San Diego. They were on the road for 9 weeks. After learning this, the Tour de France seems insignificant! Thanks Tim, and come see us again!
This picture is of the very well-behaved Ernul boys youth group at Woodmen Camp in Fort Barnwell, N.C. in 1974. See how many you can recognize.
The image above appears somewhere in the Ernul area. Send all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. The person with the first correct response will have their name (and photo, if desired!) published on this website.
Barrington Store: Jesse Barrington operated a store in this building in the 1920's. Jim and Blanche Ipock purchased this property from Jesse Barrington around 1921, and Jasper and Irma Ipock lived in the store. Elmon Ipock also lived in this building at one time. J.A. Ipock lived in the house on this property until his death, and Alton and Geraldine Whitford purchased the property from Margaret Ipock Henderson, J.A.'s sister. This structure was burned in 2009 due to its condition. This building was located on property that adjoins Alton and Geraldine Whitford's property along the 3100 section of the Ernul Brick Road.
This is a clipping from a newspaper that depicts the Ernul Depot as it once was. The following quote is directly from Mrs. Hazel Hawks:
"After the railroad was completed in this area, a warehouse was built in 1909. This was used to house supplies and goods coming in on the train. In the left of this depot a room was used to hold voting for different elections."
The depot is still in existence, and is located on the Hudnell Road on the property of Tracy Ipock.
Pictured above is the old general store at the corner of the Hill Neck and Hudnell Roads. This structure was built by Addison Whitford around 1900. George Ipock bought the store in 1919 after he returned home from the navy. He rented the upstairs to school teachers who taught in the area.
In 1921, George went to Tennessee and married Macie Gault; she and her parents then moved to Ernul. Macie taught at the Ernul Elementary School. George's mother Ebbie was postmistress of the post office that was located in this store until her death in 1928. Mrs. Macie then became postmistress until 1971.
Macie and George retired and moved to New Bern, N.C. Clyde and Joyce Gaskins bought the store and operated it until 1975. The building still exists, but is unoccupied.
*The above picture and index card is a direct scan from Mrs. Hazel's album.
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