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NC School of Science and Mathematics

2004 Student Intensive

The Search for Fish Dam Road

Notes from the Field

Jane Lee, Student

Thursday, April 1

  The clouds were fighting the sun, and winning, as we ventured out on day three of our exploration of Fish Dam Road. We arrived at our destination and pulled our vans over on the side of I-70, and waited for the property owner to approve our mission for half an hour.  With permission granted, we proceeded from Red Farm Hill, along side Highway 70, towards the section of the road we stopped at yesterday. The students were let loose to hike and explore the creek which ran where the road used to be, for an hour. We all searched for signs of the road, like bent trees, but nothing stood out as prominently as yesterday. However, the students did have some interesting encounters during their hike through the woods.

We could all agree that we got the most down and dirty (and wet!) today. One student came across the skull of an animal, picked clean. Upon examination, Mr. Liles informed us that what we had found was in fact a deer skull. We left next for the Pleasant Green Dam, skipping over a section of the road which we would cover later. At the dam, with a newspaper journalist taking our pictures, Mr. Liles informed us that the dam had been built in 1915 on the Eno River by the Southern Power Co. We also visited the ruins of the Borland/McCauley Mill, which was wiped out by a flood which left only stacks of rocks.

        Following the sound of rushing water, a hike through the hay revealed that Fish Dam Road also crossed bubbly Stone's Creek, which joined the Eno River, where we enjoyed the pretty waterfalls. From Stone's Creek we could see the spray pond and the houses where employees of the Southern Power Co. used to live. We had a lot of fun sitting on the rocks and watching the wild rapids until it was time to return back to school.

Jane Lee