Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 22 smithfield/selma Smithfeld-Selma By lynne Brandon For a one-of-a-kind day trip hop onboard an Amtrak train and travel to Selma. The restored 1920s train station is a primer on train history and the town of Selma. It promises an unforgettable day flled with fun and relaxation. Selma is known as the Antique Capital of North Carolina. Antique collectors look for that hard to fnd item in the historic downtown. Unique shops are destinations for those looking for home décor items and special gifts. Trackside Antiques, on Railroad Street, sweetens the deal with fresh fudge that is made daily. DeWayne's is a local favorite and has an expanded garden, clothing boutique, and gifts. Jim Beaston is keeping vinyl alive at A Matter of Record. Along with 45's and 78's in all music categories, shoppers can also fnd turntables, record player parts, and juke boxes. After bargain hunting, treat yourself with a milk shake at the old fashioned soda fountain at Creech's Drug Store. You can get a prescription flled while you wait in one of the oldest businesses in town. Iconic eatery Short's Grill has daily menu specials in addition to its famous hot dogs and hamburgers. Hula Girl's, which began as a snow cone and ice cream stand, is now a full service restaurant where locals enjoy steaks, ribs, wings and unique sandwiches such as the Hula Hunk. Selma will once again be on the 301 Endless Yard Sale Route in June (16-17). This route ofers over 100 miles of goods that run the gamut from fea market items to high- end antiques. While most vendors are alongside Hwy. 301, downtown stores, which are one block away, will get on board with special sales on these dates. Agri-business is big business in Johnston County. Built in 1757, Atkinson's Old Grist Mill is the only water powered grist mill still operating in a four-county area. The cornmeal is stone ground and used in many area restaurants. Take a tour of the mill and sample the famous Sweet Betsy hushpuppies. At night visit the American Music Jubilee Theatre — compared to Richard Branson's theater productions. The show entertains visitors and groups from New York to Miami with musical delights from 50's rock 'n' roll to classic and contemporary country, gospel and a stirring patriotic tribute. It is not uncommon to see tour buses in the parking lot. For entertainment of a diferent kind, music lovers head to the Ice House Theater. Every Friday night the nondescript building comes alive with the sounds of traditional and nontraditional country music. The night doesn't break the bank with a $12 admission and concessions for $1. The venue was nominated for the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards Venue of the Year. In the neighboring town of Smithfeld you can dream about Ava Gardner while drinking a beer at Double Barley, the newest brewery in Johnston County. The brewery ofers a variety of craft brews in a taproom with a rustic but modern twist. Visitors can relax inside or sip a brew outside in the beer garden. The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection of the local beauty who went on to stardom in Hollywood. See original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal efects of the small town girl who later became a screen legend. To see where the actress spent the night when visiting family and friends, go to Smithfeld's historic Yelvington- Lee House. The two-story Victorian house built in the 1880s was the town's premier rooming house for more than 50 years. Today it is the home of the Greater Smithfeld-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce. In Selma and Smithfeld you can shop till you drop for antiques, relive days gone by at a drug store soda fountain and enjoy family entertainment at a former ice house. Leave on a train with a lasting memory, and the urge to return to the quaint sister towns where everyone feels right at home. Note: Look for special activities in Selma in 2017 when the town celebrates its 150th Anniversary. [] antiques, hushpuppies, and a hollywood legend

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