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Ernul, North Carolina was settled around 1888, and was named after two brothers named James and Freeman Ernul. Ernul is located in Eastern North Carolina in NE Craven County, approximately 12 miles north of New Bern, the colonial capitol.
There is a small Post Office that was established in 1919, which operated from inside the local general store much like the one on the old television series "The Waltons". This Post Office was originally located at Askin, a small community approximately two miles South of Ernul on Hwy 17.
The current Post Office, as seen below, has operated from this building since 1969. The Ernul Post Office is located at 1000 Hill Neck Road and can be reached at 252-244-0149.
Pictured above is an image of the C.J. Heath General Store which was built in 1910. The Woodmen of the World held their lodge meetings in the upper part of the store. This store was located where the Ernul Post Office now stands.
Cliff and Carrie Fulcher Miller moved into the building for a home and lived there from 1926 until 1959.
Ernul Boy Scout Troop 193 meetings were also conducted here starting around 1960.
In the corner of this lot was a small store that Penn Willis operated, and Hubert Caton also ran the store at one time.
Fred Mills used the little store for a barber shop in the early 1900's. The child in the lower left corner is Vickie Whitford.
Above is an image of the C.J. Heath store in 1969 as it was burned to make room for the new Ernul Post Office.
Historically a farming community, Ernul's landscape was once dominated by flue-cured tobacco barns. Some of these barns still exist, but are slowly joining the archives of history as nothing but memories.
If you have any stories or pictures of tobacco farming from the old days, please feel free to share, and I will post them on this website.
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Mr. John Reginald “Reggie” Smith
Mr. Reggie is seen here engaged in his favorite past-time; preparing chocolate icing for his highly-regarded, ten-layer chocolate cakes.
If you travel Hill Neck Road on a regular basis, especially from along where Great Swamp Road joins, on towards the 2100 section, then you have probably seen our Person of the Month for June 2010, Mr. Reggie Smith. Chances are if you have seen Mr. Reggie along this stretch of road, then he was probably going about his usual chore of ridding his adopted section of Hill Neck Road of roadside litter. The fact that a need exists for someone to pick-up trash from the roadside does not reflect well on the human race in general, and the discussion of which would detract from the main reason for this story. Mr. Reggie was kind enough to grant me an interview for this story, and the transcription of this interview follows:
Question: How long have you been picking up trash from along Hill Neck Road?
Answer: “A little over a year, now.”
Question: What drives you to perform this service?
Answer: “After my heart surgery in 2008, I starting walking for exercise, and I would pick up aluminum cans, and decided that I might as well pick up the rest.”
Question: What is the most common item that you have found on the roadside?
Answer: “Fast food packages, soft drink cans, and beer cans.”
Question: What is the most unusual thing that you have found on the roadside?
Answer: “A fire hose wrench. I didn’t know what it was, so my son Stephen looked on the internet and found out what it was. I took it to the fire house (Little Swift Creek Vol. Fire Department), and they said it probably fell off of one of their trucks. I have also found a few pennies, nickels, and quarters—haven’t got rich yet!”
Question: Why do you think that people litter?
Answer: “I don’t know, but if they put two years in the Army, they would be more conscious of it.”
Question: What would you suggest to end littering?
Answer: “I have heard that in Canada, they have trash cans at stop signs; that might help. Also, set an example for your children when they’re little.”
Question: What would you like to say to people that litter?
Answer: “Help keep North Carolina clean and green.”
This is a photograph of Mr. Reggies barn, which he estimates to be around 80 years old. It is a remnant of the once-thriving tobacco farming industry here in Eastern North Carolina.