Earl Davenports Drive-In and Landing Strip
312 Highway 64 West,
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I was told about this drive-in from a man who has lived in the area all his life. He said that it was located about where the scrap yard is now. I am not sure if the address above is the actual address. There is a Motorsports business next door that has the remains of a cement block building out back, this could be whats left of a projection booth concession stand. But without looking at the sight I can’t be sure, will try to get permission to explore the sight soon. In the mean-time I did locate somthing on the internet to authenticate this drive-in, the following contains an excerpt from the nomination letter for the city of Creswell to be included in The Registry of National Historic Places:
“After the Second World War, the town’s commercial center shifted away from Main Street north to U.S. Highway 64, a thoroughfare for traffic to and from the Outer Banks. Earl Davenport’s drive-in theater and landing strip, Miss Donnie Smith’s Restaurant, an IGA supermarket, and a number of other longtime businesses were located along the highway. One casualty of the 1950’s love affair with the automobile was the rural railroad system. The Creswell depot, which had seen railcars laden with potatoes or peas en route to Mackeys on the Albemarle Sound, or local baseball players traveling to Columbia for a game, closed its doors during this time”.
As you can see the drive-in is in the list of businesses. I am trying to find out more about this, maybe a relative that lives locally that may have some pics. More to come.
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