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Town of Shallotte, NC

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Sunnyside Community Hall


Save Old Sunnyside

Up until 1915, Shallotte and the southwestern area of Brunswick County was sorely lacking in facilities in which to educate its children. In a school board meeting on Feb.  2, 1914,  members discussed several propositions for schoolhouses in Smithville and Shallotte Townships. At a subsequent meeting on Sept. 7 of that year, a committee was appointed to select and locate a site in District # 1, Shallotte Township, for a new schoolhouse and was asked to report at the next meeting.

On Jan. 4, 1915, the board ordered the contract for the building of the schoolhouse in District # 1, Lockwood Folly Township (which embraces a part

of Shallotte Township) be awarded to L. C. Tripp in the sum of $1,500.  Mr. Tripp was the head of a prominent Shallotte family and built several of the early buildings in the area.  He agreed to take $439 on said sum and as part payment on said contract, the said amount of $439 subscribed by himself and other patrons of the school in said district, the same to be collected by himself. The forgoing history serves as a reminder of the meager beginnings of Sunnyside. The building was completed in 1915 and has gone on to serve countless numbers of children in the area.

Even after the Shallotte High School building was built in 1927, Sunnyside was allowed to remain on the grounds and continued to be used for classrooms throughout the remaining life of the newer building. Shallotte High School was closed and razed in 1972 when three new high schools were built in the county. On its former site, Shallotte Middle School was built. At this

juncture in history, Sunnyside was destined for the wrecking crew. Had it not been for the intervention of Mr. Beamon Hewett, mayor, and the town aldermen, Sunnyside and all its fond memories would have been lost in the annals of time. In order to save the old building, it was moved to a location at the northeastern intersection of N.C.  130 West and Main Street. 

Although efforts were made to complete the restoration of Sunnyside so that it could be used as a historic showplace and welcome center, the idea floundered and the old monument continued to sit. Then, at a meeting  of Shallotte’s Centennial Commission in early 1999, the idea was brought forth again. It was the consensus of the commission that the restoration should go forth. Subsequently, the Shallotte Historical Preservation Society was formed and in conjunction with the Town of Shallotte, a “Save Old Sunnyside” project

was put in place.  The immediate plans were to relocate Sunnyside to the left front grounds of the Shallotte Middle School near its original location. *

 Now that the building has been restored it will be used to collect, store and display early artifacts and memorabilia from the turn of the century and earlier. The building will be a tourist attraction and will be open to the public and used for educational purposes as well. In order to accomplish this worthwhile goal, we are asking all of the citizens of our greater community to join us in this effort. The restoring of old Sunnyside is our last chance for such an historic legacy. 

 *  Note:  Old Sunnyside was moved to this location on Tuesday, Aug.  6, 2002.