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Bayard Wootten, Chapel Hill, N. C.
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Printed in the United States
Originated by Ben Bunker, Chapel Hill.
Photographs by Bayard Wootten, Chapel Hill.
Script by Ben Bunker, Chapel Hill.
Printed by Edwards & Broughton Co., Raleigh, N. C.
Pictured impressions of the
village that has no frontiers
WAYS AND BYWAYS
Chapel Hill, N. C.
FROM THE PIEDMONT TO THE SEA
It is up here in the front yard of "Gimghoul Castle"
that the visitor to Chapel Hill is given renewed evidence
of the village's middle-of-the-road attitude, even in the
matter of altitude. His host will explain, with every
indication of repression, that the location of Chapel Hill
is not too high and not too low (that, in fact, it is just
right) but pleasing alike to the Floridian and the Colo-
Looking through this stone portal and gazing out
across the mist-enshrouded pine tree tops and over the
rolling hills and green valleys toward the sea, the Argus-
eyed visitor is inclined to accept in very truth the pride -
ful avowal of his Chapel Hillian guide that "the won-
derful health -giving climate for which we are famous is
due in part to the fact that the strong salt winds of the
Coast pass over these miles of piney forest on their way
to us, so that all through the year we are favored with
gentle pine-laden zephyrs with just enough of the tang
of the sea to give them spice."
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THE STREET OF SHOPS
While Chapel Hill has no frontiers, in the sense that
its influence has radiated to every quarter of the globe,
it possesses in common with villages of lesser distinc-
tion its Whispering Gallery, where daily the good neigh-
bors meet when marketing and virtuously discuss "the
evil that men do," thanking the fates, the while, that
THEY are "not as other men are."
Here, then, along this single block of stores, familiarly
called "Uptown," the auld wives and, for that matter,
the brides of yesterday, are wont to ban budgets for the
nonce, to linger for the pause that refreshes and to lay
an arch finger beside the nose over the recital of some
more-than-usually delectable morsel of village gossip.
Chapel Hill is no "Midway," as the elders recall that
term from the gay nineties and the Chicago Fair, but it
is located, nevertheless, midway between the fruit trees
of the Tropics and the money trees of the North. Nat-
urally, the thrifty housewives demand "midway" prices,
which sort of puts the merchants in a spot. But the
gaiety of the morning- market atmosphere suggests that
both sides long since arrived at an "understanding" and
that a dollar does do double duty in Chapel Hill's mar-
DOORWAYS OF DISTINCTION
Never the "primrose path of dalliance" beckoned more
alluringly than this lovely lane between the century-
old episcopal Chapel of the Crossroads and the new "big"
church. But those who here pursue the "flying but-
tress" practice, contenting themselves with merely pro-
viding "support from the outside," deny themselves an
exquisite emotional and spiritual refreshment. For the
interior is a glorious example of church architecture.
A good day to go is Sunday when (except, perhaps, for
those foregathered in the spick-and-span Presbyterian
meeting house just over the way) one meets the town's
**best people," hears a well-trained surplice choir, lis-
tens to a typically- Episcopalian sermon in the modern
mode and drinks in the comfortably soothing atmos-
phere of religion, ex the hell- and- damnation of our err-
On leaving, one is likely to find himself not out of
sympathy with the aged communicant who expressed
the wish to "live and die right here."
Whatever one's fancy in church doctrine, architecture
or service, Chapel Hill provides it, and with that meas-
ure of hospitality for which the village is noted, even
here in the dells and dales of Dixie where kindliness of
heart seems almost to be born — not bred.
Chapel Hill shoppers who like their vegetables "with
the dew still on 'em" make this "country women's curb
market" their Mecca each Saturday morning. Starting
long before daybreak, whole families come chugging in
from out — 'way out — on back-country farms, bringing
their own produce to their own market. Are they proud !
Frail sisters, to whom "coffee-in-bed" is a rite, will never
get the feeling. There are cakes and pies, jellies and
jams — all honestly entitled to the much-abused label,
"home-made." Forehanded patrons give their orders
a week ahead, which accounts for the crates of live chick-
ens that didn't get into this picture.
"No, there isn't much money in it. But it's a change."
And, if the somewhat swagger get-up of several of the
marketeers, means anything, that "change" business
comes after market hours!
The Women's Curb Market is only a block from the
Post Office, right handy for wives a bit fed up on "How
Mother used to make it." They "get to chatting," and
go home with some new ideas — not always found in the
HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY
"The tumult and the shouting die. The captains
and the kings depart." But the ancient vine-clad
"Davie poplar," oldest living thing on the campus, is
still going strong. Although riven from tip to base by
a lightning bolt some sixty-five years ago, it seems to
have taken the incident in its stride and is today green
and sturdy, despite its one hundred seventy-five years
and fifteen- foot girth.
A generation still unborn probably will find in its heart,
when finally it does succumb, a doctorate for Durability.
It wears its honors with the regal grace befitting its age
and the name it bears.
For those who really dote on dates, here's one that's
important — 1789. It was a luncheon date, given under
the old poplar by a Committee officially selecting sites
for the initial buildings of the proposed university.
There and then they determined the location of "Old
East" exactly as it appears in this picture, its sun-bathed
walls presenting a benign background for the famous
According to the records left by the grandfathers of
the GREAT GRAND DADDIES of the lads here pictured,
Old East is, in truth, the oldest State university building
in the country. Freshmen who look upon "Four Years"
with awe might look again — at this picture.
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HEARTH AND HOBBY
For the modern, up-to-the-minute professor of the
Chapel Hill type, the sort demanded nowadays by our
great universities, there's danger in the hearthstone.
To escape the thraldom of dressing gown, slippers and
old books, he must grasp himself savagely by the scruff
and toss the dreamer with all his serenities up and out
of his cloistered routine.
Here's where one of these ejected spirits found him-
self, and, in truth, he did "find himself" — and is glad.
"Any money in chickens?" "Not much, only chick-
en feed. And, as that soon finds its way down their gul-
lets again, it's the same old vicious circle."
So, here, only a drive and a put from the heart of town,
he gets "what the world can not give" (the professors'
world, anyhow) a highly intimate contact with Nature's
most unchangeable principle, the law of change.
DATING 'EM UP
The clock says it's breakfast time, the figure of old
Santa says it's Yule time and the students, "grabbin off
a sanitch and glass milk" after an all-night cram, says
This Y. M. C. A. and Book Ex, located almost in the
center of the campus, does a thriving business in stu-
dent-wanted merchandise throughout the year.
And, despite the background of the picture, it is not
a racket. In fact, the boys say that this is where the
ole dollar learned to do that 7th inning stretch.
A PIPE DREAM
They vote "dry" in Chapel Hill. And why not, when
Nature contrives such a dream-setting as University
Lake for the source of the town's drinking water! After
the technicians have done their stuff to assure its purity
and healthfulness here it is piped direct to the citizen by
a system that permits no defilement 'twixt fountain and
No bathing in the Lake, of course, but down below
the spillway — a few yards back of the camera that took
this fisherman's picture — the village children (and their
elders) on Sunday afternoons stage aquatic carnivals all
The rumor has been denied that the lake gets its
name from the road to it, which is as hard as that to a
University degree. Bored parents, who don't like swim-
ming and have waited impatiently "all the afternoon"
for the kids to get "enough," probably are responsible
for such reflections.
A much abused word came into its own when the
architects and engineers of the Pool in the University's
new gymnasium drew their plans. Big? It's the big-
gest and finest thing of its kind in this part of the coun-
try, with no less than eight standard Olympic lanes.
Snooty? Not a bit of it. It is open to all Chapel
Hillians, old and young, Mr. and Mrs. In fact, it's in
mid-summer, when most of the students are away and
when Old Sol is doing his best to warm things up for the
Southland, that the stay-at-home townsfolk find their
greatest appreciation of the builders' foresight in con-
structing a Swimming Pool "big enough to wet down
the whole of Orange County," as one of its narrower
How little thought is given, generally, to the uphill
fight waged continuously against these " 'rock-ribbed
conservatives" by those to whom is committed the des-
tinies of a forward-looking university !
AN "ENTERTAINING" EXHIBIT
Comfortingly adjacent to the fire-engine house and
the new Bastile, the Legion Hut opens its doors for
lively parties and informal dances, not only on its own
but for non-members desiring to engage its hospitality.
But the "Hut" has, too, its tranquil hours. They
say that in lowering weather, when there's a tang in
the air and citizens hug their hearthstones, those gifted
in such things can hear the great stones in the Hut's
big old chimney rumble as they call quietly to the infre-
quent passerby, "Come 'round to the front, Brother.
Pull up a chair to the fire, while we spin a yarn or two
of the brave days 'over there,." A colored informant
declares, "Dat ain't no moonshine, either, 'Coz Ah knows
moonshine when Ah sees it."
The "Hut" has proved invaluable to Chapel Hill's
"entertaining" bachelors. How else, for instance, could
the studeit in his trailer home at the right of the pic-
ture hope to put on a show? It looks as if his latch
string and his SRO sign must hang out together.
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THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES
It has been said that an old hat takes on the person-
ality of the wearer.
Well, anyhow, it's that way with Merchants Row in
Chapel Hill. The atmosphere of the shops fits like a
glove the personality of the town.
Naturally, this is peculiarly true of the drug stores.
Here's one that is le dernier cri in cordiality, efficiency
Its "Amen Corner," seen here, eschews local gossip
but settles national and international affairs with dig-
nity and despatch. It finds time, too, to put over its
own prescription compounder as U. S. Congressman.
(Fact ; see last election data.)
Who shall say but that the League of Nations might
sit at the knees of these local Warwicks and gather wis-
"THE RACE IS NOT ALWAYS TO THE SWIFT"
One of the nice things about the South is that when
things go wrong and one gets to feeling sorry for him-
self he can go out and look into the fathomless eyes of
a mule and — brush up on his philosophy. Doomed to
work hard, eat little and accomplish wonders, he never
falters — he is always on his way. It's no good spreading
a blanket and getting down under him with a wrench
and a pair of pliers. And it's not sporting to swap him
in for a new model.
Every week-end Chapel Hill's main thoroughfares are
decorated with rigs like this but it is not considered
good form to lay wagers as to whether the contraption
will survive the home journey. If the wagon and the
harness only would take as good care of themselves as
the mules, it would be so much easier for the darkey
driver. Ho Hum! Life is hard!
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THE FIRST HURDLE
It is just one thing after another with Chapel Hill
kiddies. After they get by this one there's a nice new
modern high school waiting for them. When they have
learned all its secrets, the big university beckons.
The youthful traffic cops are selected because of their
ability to get into an argument without getting into a
Sounds like a good idea, tends to lessen the parental
anxiety of mothers slaving at home — over the latest Cul-
bertson problem — and introduces the notion of disci-
pline early in the formative period. The kids seem to
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"LESS POUNDAGE, LESS YARDAGE"
Here is a course as sweet as it looks. Clean fairways,
true greens and, if one must hook into the rough, well
— it's no jungle.
Up north the question frequently arises: Why did
they build the town and the depot so far from the golf
course? Not so in Chapel Hill, where it is only a drive
and a put from the centre of things.
But it isn't the place to uncork any of those old familiar
alibis, for this course is and has been the proving ground
of the graceful little lady here pictured — America's pre-
mier woman golfer (no fooling) .
This refreshingly frank young person, who wears her
honors with the humility of the true thoroughbred, de-
clares, "When you lose poundage from your frame you
lose yardage in your game."
Now, maybe that's your cue: Are you getting your
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