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Abandoned Family Inn

Posted by Stu On June - 28 - 2012

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Photos from June 2011

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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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