The Town of Carthage, as does most of rural central North Carolina, appears as a landscape riddled with modular homes and the occasional brick master house. In every direction, acres of ground feature mobile home after mobile home and then the random grounded home, which is surprisingly, generally, modern rather than a turn-of-the-century fixture.
Apartments, lofts, town-homes and any sort of communal based living are pretty foreign to these parts but a modular lifestyle rings eternal. And, it’s interestingly well-accepted in North Carolina; however, it is difficult to locate images of the landscape depicting the mirage of trailer homes. But unlike other localities in our nation – the modular living lifestyle isn’t viewed as a less than average one because it is average middle class living here. In fact, modular homes list into the low $100,000’s and a double-wide with landscaping is an upper middle class home. So much so, folks who reside in them tend to boast they are living in one of the “better” homes in the area.
Coming from Washington DC where trailer living is considered less adequate than an apartment or town-home this is truly an adjustment conceptually. Here, an apartment carries a close association to a project, and is actually less credible than the trailer with property. And, in Carthage it appears that is what it is all about “land.” Folks own land here – homes are secondary!
I’ve landed in this town / community of trailers and realize there’s more to learn as a newcomer. This blog is going to deliver first, second, third, and more glimpses into an area of our great nation where I’ve planted a stake and intend to call home.