Tar-Pamlico Water Trail/Camping Platform Update

Staff from the Franklinton Center at Bricks came out to tour the platform site. Pictured from left: Vivian M. Lucas – Executive Director, Elly Mendez Angulo – Program Manager, and Wayne White – Facility Manager

by Clay Barber, Environmental Projects Coordinator

Camping platform construction is well-underway at the McGhee Farm site in Franklinton, NC, and is expected to be completed by mid-October. Our next platform will be located on the outside bend of a beautiful section of river, just behind the Franklinton Center at Bricks (FCAB) in Whitakers, NC, with construction set to begin by mid-October. 

The FCAB is a former slave plantation that was transformed into one of the first accredited schools for African Americans in the South. Today, it serves the local community as a conference and retreat venue, as well as an educational facility that focuses on justice, advocacy, and leadership development. We are very excited to partner with such dedicated community leaders to create better opportunities for the public to interact with the Tar-Pamlico river. The wonderful, and enthusiastic staff of the FCAB is shown standing on a group of giant boulders settled deep into the banks of the river, just below the camping platform location. 

We look forward to completing this platform by the beginning of November, and beginning construction of a third platform in Tarboro, NC.

Find more information about the Franklinton Center at Bricks here: http://franklinton.uccpages.org/