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Abandoned Family Inn

Posted by Stu On June - 28 - 2012

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Photos from June 2011


While pulling into South of the Border, we noticed an abandoned motel literally up the road on the North Carolina side of the border.  Next to it was a vacated fast food place; in fact, the only place nearby that wasn’t abandoned was a Waffle House, which is where we stopped for a quick bite (not like we had other options).  We decided to explore the motel a bit before heading to SotB, which turned out to be a good idea, as this place was far more interesting.

The sign said Family Inns of America.  I found out the chain still exists but only in VA, TN, and LA.  I was unable to find out when this particular motel closed, but I did find out robberies took place there on at least two different occasions.
























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4 Responses

  1. Ron S. Said,

    We used to stay here on the way from NJ to FL. As a kid, I would see that awesome playground from the back of the station wagon. One year, I finally got my grandfather & grandmother to stay here. I remember the son of the family (Shane) who managed it drove his bicycle into the pool. Sad to see how it sits today. Next to it was a Days Inn.

    Posted on August 6th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

  2. Debora Said,

    I ran away in 1991 and got married at a wedding chapel in Dylan SC. We stayed here and this is where I lost my “innocence.” The guy I married turned out to be a jerk and the marriage only lasted 3 years. Your photos gave me chills!

    Posted on May 21st, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  3. Phil Said,

    I stopped by today on way back home to NC from SC. The motel has been torn down and is just a huge pile of ruble now. The playground equipment has completely been removed except for one small item. I used to pass by this several times a year in the 90’s but never saw it in as bad a shape as the photos. I even stopped once and slid down the “Rocket Slide” and somehow survived as it felt like it could have collapsed at any moment! We had that same slide at a park when I was a kid at Ft Bragg back in the 70’s so I couldn’t resist. Hauntingly sad photos.

    Posted on September 8th, 2015 at 12:01 am

  4. juli Said,

    “We used to stay here on the way from NJ to FL. As a kid, I would see that awesome playground from the back of the station wagon”

    Too funny- we drove past it year after year on OUR way from NJ to FL and I was obsessed with the playground but never got to stay there (my grandparents liked South of the Border). Sad.

    Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 12:15 am

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