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"The Wharf" Early 20th Century
Roanoke River, Williamston, North Carolina
The Friends of the Old Martin County Courthouse have selected a John Philpott original pencil sketch of "The Wharf" as the 2016 (decal style) ornament.

As early as the 1700s, the Roanoke River enabled ships of considerable size to navigate it waters as far upstream as Williamston before there were any roads. Being the county seat brought most of the residents to Williamston to record legal documents, attend court sessions, military gatherings, elections or other similar functions. Conveniently, the first two wooden courthouses were located in the river wharf area.

The wharf became a busy transportation center for people and freight. Later, the railroad came, increasing commerce by rail and water. Moving into the 20th Century, the bridging of the Roanoke River in 1922 made Williamston a hub of major highways and roads for further growth of business and industry.

The Artist: John A. Philpott, 1896-1971 better known as Johnny, a likable character and a long time resident of Williamston, was well known for his career as a popular house and sign painter. His preference in later life was for pencil sketching area scenes from his youth. Legend has it that Johnny would include himself as a boy with his dog in many of the drawings. Johnny would often perform his talents for barter of a good beverage and with incredibly exacting detail conjure up a nostalgic reminder of times gone by. Locals who still possess has one-of-a-king works consider them heirlooms.
Ornaments are on sale from November 1 to December 31
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1995 1996 1997
Old Courthouse
$20 + S&H
Church Street School
SOLD OUT
City Hall
$15 + S&H
     
1998 1999 2000
Asa Biggs House
$15 + S&H
Log Tobacco Barn
$15 + S&H
Skewarkey Church2003
$15 + S&H
     
2001 2002 2003
Martin County Flag
SOLD OUT
Old Martin County Jail
$15 + S&H
Robersonville Depot
$15 + S&H
     
2004 2004 2005
Williamston High School
$15 + S&H
Robersonville High School
$15 + S&H
St. James Place
$15 + S&H
     
2005 2006 2007
Graball Street
$15 + S&H
A. R. Dunning House
$15 + S&H
The Roanoke River
SOLD OUT
     
2008 2009 2010
Peanut (Stacks) Harvest
$20 + S&H
The Roanoke River at Rainbow Banks
$20 + S&H
Jamesville & Washington Railroad & Lumber Company
$20 + S&H
     
2011 2012 2013
Little Read School House
$20 + S&H
St. Martins Episcopal Church
$20 + S&H
Bear Grass School
$20 + S&H
     
2014 2015 2016
240th Anniversary of
Martin County
$20 + S&H
WWII POW Camp
$20 + S&H
The Wharf
$20 + S&H
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Ornaments are sold from
November 1 thru December 31 of each year

 
     
Friends of the Old Martin County Courthouse
P.O. Box 502  |  East Main Street  |  Williamston, NC 27892  |  252-792-5243
 

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