Irene destroyed homeplace
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Entering hurricane season, I recall Irene (which hit Pitt County in August 2011).
At that time, I was discussing with Mrs. LaRue Evans, a cousin and historian of Winterville, about putting my homeplace on the national historic registry because of its architecture
This home was built in the 20th century by my grandfather, Josephus Moye, with eight rooms, a porch and breezeway. My father was born in this home, and so was I, in 1926. The whole place was a like a plantation with a school, store, barns, smokehouse, grape vineyard, orange, apple, peach and pear orchards, plus all kinds of nut trees.
When Hurricane Irene came, she uprooted oak trees a century and more old, causing them to land on the home, totally destroying it — a home that had withstood through the ages, where the Moye family reunions were held. This homeplace was located at Frog Level, a name my father, Bill Moye, related the history of to me numerous times.
Willie Mae Moye Lupton