North Carolina-Bunn NC-September 18

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 18

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I was a college basketball coach and traveled to a lot of North Carolina small towns including Bunn, NC. Bunn is located in the southern portion of Franklin County. I did a post on Franklin County on April 27th this past year.

I remember all my interactions with Bunn High School were always filled with small town pride.

What makes Bunn interesting is that it population is under 500 but Bunn High School has some 800 students-I will let someone smarter than me figure that out.

Bunn being such a small town high school events and sports are a big deal. I follow a blog called Lonestarbackroads authored by Jeremy Clifton, He recently did a post on a grocery store in Bunn, NC. The photo below is from the 2014 Bunn High School Homecoming Parade in front of Winstead Grocery and General Merchandise located right on Main Street in Bunn. Winstead’s is the business he profiled.


It becomes harder and harder to find these type of stores in North Carolina but there was a time when they were the critical to the rural way of life. I found a link to general stores in North Carolina with the majority located in the mountains.

These 12 Charming General Stores In North Carolina Will Make You Feel Nostalgic

Link below will take you to the blog post about Winstead’s.




One comment

  1. Looks like the marching band has gotten new uniforms since I was around! Those look a lot better!

    Back when I was in high school (1991-94), Franklin County had only two high schools (Franklinton also had a high school, but they had a separate school district) so Bunn got students from the southern part of the county (more or less – the dividing line on the east side was a little higher than on the west side of the county) sans Franklinton, and Louisburg got the rest. When I started the school had about 600 students, and when I graduated it was around 800. A while back (about 10-12 years ago if I remember right) Franklinton’s school system got merged into Franklin County so now folks from my part of the county (Youngsville) go there. I’d guess BHS was a little larger up until then, with Youngsville having become a bedroom community for Raleigh. I’m not sure how the county is divided up now but my guess is Franklinton is probably the largest of the high schools now.

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