Smithville was a factory town founded by Hezekiah B. Smith in the 1860’s and lasted until the 1920’s. What makes this town stand out from any other is its “bicycle railroad” that was built in the 1880’s. It connected Smithville to Mt. Holly and allowed workers to go to and from work quickly and easily.
Quite a bit is left of the old town, including the intact Smith mansion, ruins of the factory, and other random buildings, some of which housed workers. There is also something else noteworthy here as well: an all-plastic bridge. I never thought it was possible to give people static shocks in the summer. I was wrong.

Foundation adjacent to the mansion

Gate to the mansion

You can’t tell from this pic, but this bridge is long, winding….and completely plastic.

Author: Stu