Column – Trailways once would pick you up at your house

  • Date: 04/09/2024

One of my earliest recollections is of a Trailways bus stopping in front of our house on a summer day, probably around 1949 or 1950. I had walked down the lane with my mother, a Surry County native, to greet a couple of her nieces who were coming for one of the many visits back and forth that occurred each summer between our farm and the farms of her siblings in Surry.  Having a bus stop in front of the house was an extraordinary event to my young mind, but it was not, in reality, an unusual event. Back in those days, commercial bus service remained a key mode of transportation in rural areas and our farm certainly qualified. Located on what was then known as Red Point (now Benns Church Boulevard) directly across the road from today’s Taco Bell, it was indeed rural. There were only 10 farms — and little else — between Battery Park Road and the Benns Church intersection in 1950.

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