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Prospect Hill: 1940

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Prospect Hill: 1940

1940. "Prospect Hill, Airlie, Halifax County, North Carolina." Seen earlier here. Photo by C.O. Greene for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

In its day.

If you look closely, and past all the signs of decay, you can many, many details that suggest a lost wealth and taste.

In its day, Prospect Hill must have been quite the showcase of elegant living albeit one based on the enslavement of others.

 
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