GENERAL SHERMAN RESTAURANT

GENERAL SHERMAN RESTAURANT

,
Durham
NC
Built in
circa 1960
Type: 
Use: 

Once part of the Freeland empire.

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  • Sat, 07/18/2020 - 11:41am by SteveR

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,
Durham
NC
Built in
circa 1960
Type: 
Use: 

 

Built circa 1960 as the General Sherman Restaurant. Associated with James Freeland.

Also noted for its use for local political and KKK meetings throughout the 1960s.

Via UNC photo collection

 

Chapel Hill News, 1964

1962 plat map excerpt

 

There was also the Holiday Ice Arena skating rink/ice rink at the back of the property that was likely superseded by the later skating rink at Daniel Boone Village in the late 1960s.

"...I saw with my very young eyes the post WWII upgrades of US 70 and the beginning of I-85 when it was 2-lane and called US 70A. The building of the interchange near Pleasant Green and Mount Herman roads began circa 1966 though took four years to complete with the new I-85. The restaurant and motel---the General Sherman and the General Johnston, respectively---were intended to pull in traffic during the imagined centennial of the Civil War, which celebration began nobly but soon sputtered with the surrounding brutality of the suppression of the Civil Rights movement." (David Southern, personal communication, 17 July 2020.)

The restaurant burned in the 1980s(?). There were many local historical artifacts (particularly from Occoneechee Farm) on display in the restaurant that were destroyed in the fire.
 
It was later used as a seafood restaurant. The building again caught on fire January 3, 2018, while being used as a storage space for appliances.

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