Portofinao Lots for Sale

Equestrian Living in Portofino!

BUILDABLE LOT! ENJOY HAVING YOUR HORSES AT HOME!! Build your dream home on this beautiful 2.77 acre spread in fabulous Portofino subdivision! This well planned out equestrian community offers the finest of amenities for the horse lover (see the Portofino website). Extensive facilities include the massive equestrian center, pool and residents center, nature and riding trails and so much more! $425,000

Call for the survey and more details! 4 lots are combined to make the 2.77 acres. ENJOY HAVING YOUR HORSES AT HOME!!

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North Carolina: Leader in Industrial Mineral Production

NC Mineral production infoDid you know that North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of industrial minerals like feldspar and mica and is also number one in the U.S. in the production of the clay used in manufacturing bricks? The geology of our state, with its abundance of rock types, ancient mountains and long coastline shaped by sedimentary erosion, has created a complex environment that is rich in minerals and other natural resources. In fact, North Carolina ranks in the top 40% of industrial mineral producers in the nation.

North Carolina Geology

Over a period of hundreds of millions of years, ancient landmasses in what is now the southeastern United States collided, forcing the Earth’s crust upward and resulting in the mammoth Appalachian mountain range. The oldest rocks ever found in North Carolina were located here, at the edges of these shifting plates. Rain, snow and wind wore away at these mountain peaks over the eons, washing sediment eastward toward the ocean and creating what is now the state’s long, sandy coastline, an area of abundant mineral resources.

Geologically speaking, the state of North Carolina can be divided into three zones, or landforms.

  • The mountain region, made up of the Blue Ridge Mountains (a segment of the more extensive Appalachian mountain chain) has over 40 peaks above 6,000 feet; Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet in elevation, is the very highest point in the nation east of South Dakota’s Black Hills. A variety of rock types – sedimentary, volcanic, igneous (hardened molten rock) and metamorphic – and minerals including mica, feldspar and other raw materials are features of this area.
  • North Carolina’s centrally located Piedmont Plateau runs north to south all the way from New Jersey to Alabama, but the widest point is in our state. Signs of ancient volcanic activity and erosion are apparent throughout this hilly region, although certain landmarks called monadnocks – including the very distinct Pilot Mountain – are land features that have withstood this process of erosion. Gold was once plentiful in this area – in fact, in the early 1800s North Carolina was the nation’s ONLY state with any measurable gold mining – but today lithium, clay, sand, gravel and other building stones and minerals are all mined here.
  • The state’s coastal plain, encompassing around 45% of North Carolina’s landmass, is by far the largest of its geological regions. Here, the land once ended far above sea level. But, over the millennia, with erosion from the mountains and with each rise and fall of the ocean, terraces were created. It’s possible to see today where rivers and streams deposited sediment and rocks all the way from the mountains at the western edge of the state along the coastline. Sand, clay, limestone and phosphate are abundant in this region.

North Carolina’s Most Commonly Mined Industrial Minerals

Feldspar. First mined around a century ago, feldspar is used in the manufacturing of glass fiber insulation, tile and what is known as “whiteware,” or ceramic products that are white or close to white in appearance.

Mica. Although North Carolina produced primarily sheet mica for several years, other materials have replaced that product on the market. Today, North Carolina mines scrap mica only; dry-ground mica goes into the production of plasterboard joint cement and wall board, whereas wet-ground mica is a component of many cosmetics, plastics and paints.

Lithium. Over 80% of the nation’s lithium ore deposits are found in Cleveland and Gaston counties. A component of lithium metals, carbonates and other chemical compounds, lithium also goes into the production of batteries, glass, grease and ceramics.

Phosphate. Second only to Florida as a producer of phosphate, this mineral is mined in one place only, Beaufort County’s Lee Creek mine, and is used primarily in the production of phosphoric acid and in fertilizers such as triple superphosphate and diammonium phosphate.

Pyrophyllite and Talc. Pyrophyllite, used mainly in the production of ceramics, paint and insecticides, is mined in Moore and Orange counties. Talc mines in Cherokee and Swain counties, although heavily mined in the past, are now inactive.

Clay. Used in the production of various types of tile, brick, cement, sewer pipe and lightweight aggregate, common clay is found in all three regions of the state.

Gemstones. A wide range of precious and semi-precious gemstones are found in our state – mainly in the Piedmont and mountain regions – and a few mining areas are even open to the public. North Carolina is the largest miner and marketer of gemstones in the eastern half of the U.S.

Mineral Fuels

NC Mineral production easy to findNorth Carolina’s resources in the area of mineral fuels are limited, although several areas have the potential to produce energy in the future. Over a hundred petroleum and natural gas wells are situated primarily throughout the outer Coastal Plain, with its heavy layer of sedimentary rock, but although traces of each have been obtained in some wells, none are considered producing wells. Coastal North Carolina also features around 675,000 acres of fuel-grade peat, an ingredient that has been used almost solely in the production of potting soil and soil conditioners. North Carolina’s coal beds – mainly, the Deep River coal field along Chatham, Moore and Lee counties’ Deep River – are no longer producing following various periods of mining activity over the past century and a half. Talc, Lithium batteries, Citrine

Find Out More

Enjoy interactive exhibits, displays and more at one of these museums dedicated to North Carolina’s rich mineral resources and mining and gem industries.

Museum of North Carolina Minerals

214 Parkway Maintenance Rd., Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

25 Phillips St., Franklin, NC 28734

Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County

400 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792

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Franklin County Creek property

220 Acres on Rocky Ford Road near Ingleside and Hwy 401 in Franklin County NC

 220 Acres – This beautiful pine plantation is located on Rocky Ford Road near Ingleside and Hwy 401 in Franklin County, approximately 5 miles north of Louisburg. It has paved road frontage, good roads and a very nice stand of merchantable timber. The additional hunting and recreation appeal make this tract a great investment! There is a nice camp area and established food plots and small pond. Some pines are approaching 27-30 years of age. Timber is ready for harvest in many areas. Price per acre is $4500. Contact Frank Gombatz at 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps and other information.

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59.76 Acres with Cabin on Cedar Creek Road in Franklinton

BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY AND CABIN IN FRANKLINTON! Bring Your Horses! Perfect Weekend Retreat with Amazing Pavillion for Entertaining! Presently Used as a Horse Farm and Cattle Farm but Property Has Development Potential! Build Your Custom Home Here! The Rolling Terrain and Bottom Land is Perfect for Trails and Riding. Horse Barn in Place with Small Bathroom with Septic. Home has Additional Septic. Sewer Easement on Property and Sewer at Road. Schools and Shopping within Minutes of Property! $829,500
Cabin is a 1 bedroom 455+/- Sq. Ft. cabin and beautiful!

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Wake County Treasures

Wake County Treasures To VisitFrom the mountains to the coast, opportunities to enjoy the spectacular nature around us exist no matter what season of the year it is here in North Carolina. Wake County is fortunate to have several outstanding parks and recreational areas in the Raleigh-Durham area that are open year-round for family enjoyment, including Wendell’s very recently opened Sandy Pines Preserve.

Sandy Pines Preserve

Late in the 1700s, the Marriott family homesteaded on a large tract of land in what is now Wendell, growing crops there and keeping livestock. Eventually acquired by the Procter family, the property was maintained as farmland and forest throughout the early 2000s, eventually becoming the largest family-owned property in the county. In 2008 the land was purchased by the Wake County Open Space program for development as a natural area, and today, at 563 acres, the brand new Preserve is the largest of Wake County’s parks.

Wake County Treasures NC ViewNature lovers will appreciate the Preserve’s various habitats and a wide variety of land and water species including hawks, wood ducks, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and beaver. 6-1/2 miles of trails for walking, biking and horse-riding wind their way through floodplain forest, agriculture fields and meadows, areas of Longleaf Pine restoration and mixed pine-hardwood forest, with picnic areas and benches throughout. The park is especially geared toward equestrians – one of just three Wake County parks that offer horse riding paths – with a number of scenic trails between half a mile and 2 miles long running through areas of open fields and pine forest.

The name of the park honors the property’s history of planting and protecting native Loblolly and Longleaf Pines as well as a 2019 reforesting partnership between the Triangle Land Conservancy, NCSU, the NC Forest Service and Wake County to plant additional Longleaf Pines in certain areas of the park. NC Wake County Treasures

Park hours through March 31 are Saturdays and Sundays only, 8am until Sunset.

Sandy Pines Preserve

7201 Doc Procter Road

Wendell, NC

Lake Johnson Park

Lake Johnson’s extensive nature trails feature hammocking posts, benches and a fitness route; over five miles of unpaved trails for hiking and nature exploration; and paved greenways – a section of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail – suitable for biking and walking. Fishing is allowed for all those who have a current NC fishing license, from rental boats,  paddle craft and the park’s boardwalk.

Classes offered at the Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center and the Waterfront Center include programs and lecture series for children and adults on such topics as the natural environment, composting and even ballroom dancing. The Lake Johnson Pool, open seasonally, includes lap lanes, a wading pool and recreational main pool area.

Park hours year-round are Sunrise until Sunset.

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center: 5611 Jaguar Park Dr.

Waterfront Center: 4601 Avent Ferry Rd. (main park address)

Parking for Paved Greenways: 1320 Lake Dam Rd.; 5041 Avent Ferry Rd.

Parking for Nature Trails: 561 Jaguar Park Dr.; 5041 Avent Ferry Rd.

Bass Lake Park

Bass Lake ParkThe history of Bass Lake is an interesting one, from the time a country store was built on its banks in the early 1900s until the bursting of the lake’s dam – and draining of the lake – in 1996 with Hurricane Fran. Three years later the lake was restored by the town of Holly Springs and today Bass Lake – fed by three creeks – is a favorite spot for fishing, hiking and picnicking. A wide lakeside porch at the park’s nature center is the perfect place to rock and relax, offering visitors phenomenal views of water, wildlife and stunning natural forest.

Picturesque at any time of the year, the park also offers canoes, kayaks and a true fishing pier. A conference and nature center hosts meetings and events and includes native animal exhibits and a remote, covered picnic shelter. The park also features a variety of nature and hunting education classes, a fall catfish tournament, and activities for younger children including art classes, story times, and nature explorations. Geocaching – outdoor treasure hunting using GPS coordinates to locate geocache containers – and letterboxing – an activity in which participants find boxes throughout the park and record their locations through stamps in a logbook – are also popular activities.

Greenway trails around the lake as well as paths curving through neighborhoods between Bass Lake and Holly Springs’ Womble Park take visitors through miles of stunning areas of pine, oak and hickory. Most of the 1.9-mile loop around the lake is an easy walk around the shoreline along a mulched trail, while the paved Carl Dean Greenway branches off at the southern end of the lake and takes visitors past Sugg Farm – open at various times of the year for special events – all the way to Womble Park.

Park hours year-round are 8am until Sunset.

Bass Lake Park

900 Bass Lake Road

Holly Springs, NC

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Waterfall on General Green Road

206 Acres on General Green Road in Franklin County

$4000 per acre! 206 Acres off of General Green Road in Kittrell offers the Best of a Recreational Tract with a Solid Timber Investment! One of the Prettiest and Diverse Properties in Franklin County! Waterfalls, Topography, Timber, Road Systems, Trails, Pond, Duck Swamp, Timber and More! Well Managed Merchantable Pine Stands (30-34+ years in age) with High Value. Hardwood Ridges and Valleys Abound with Multiple Flowing Creeks and Scenic Views. Trails Lead to Wildlife Areas with Tons of Deer and Turkey. Unique Swamp Area with Lots of Wood Ducks and Geese.

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Just Listed 638 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

This 638 Acres Tract is located in Southern Chatham County in the Goldston area. This massive tract has a great road system and recreational trail systems throughout.  There is ample road frontage on both Bonlee Carbonton Road and Goldston Glendon Road with the main access on Bonlee Carbonton Road. Several ridges and creeks provide nice features and the land has prime hunting and recreational opportunities. $2,750,000

The tract was just thinned and there is still merchantable timber and lots of timber for future timber harvest.

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Charming Farm House on 7.8 +/- Acres and Pond!

(UNDER CONTRACT)! Charming Farm House on 7.8+/- Acres! Enjoy Country Living w/ this 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Ranch Home W Sep Room Over Det. Garage! This Open Floor Plan Has a Large Living Room, Kitchen & Dining Area, Family Room w/ Fireplace & Master Suite + 2 Additional Bedrooms. Detached Garage w/ Permitted Room & Full Bath, Shop Area & Huge Carport. Bring the Horses or Relax From Your Rocking Chair Front Porch, Catch Fish in the Stocked Pond w/ Fountain or Pick Fresh Fruit from Pear & Apple Trees or Grapevines! Very Nice!

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Five Fall Daytrips Exploring the History of NC

Five Fall Daytrips Exploring the History of NCAutumn is not only an ideal time of year to enjoy the magnificent change of seasons in the mountains and elsewhere around the state, but it’s also a great time to explore some of North Carolina’s most historic sites. 

Check out these wonderful day trips, none of which is located more than 3 to 4 hours from the Piedmont.

Whalehead Club Museum (pictured) | Corolla, NC

Built in 1922 when Corolla had no paved roads or electricity, the 21,000-square-foot Whalehead Club was the place to go for recreational hunters interested in the plentiful waterfowl – snow geese, ducks and other species – that flocked to the area. Wealthy industrialist Edward Collings Knight, Jr. and his wife, who spent much of their time in the Outer Banks throughout the early 1920s, purchased the rustic hunting lodge then known as the Light House Club to refurbish as their residence, but also to host other wealthy hunters as they visited the Outer Banks. The impressive four-story structure, built in the Art Nouveau style, was one of the first buildings in eastern NC to have an elevator installed, and the very first residence to have electricity on the entire Outer Banks. View Mrs. Knights’s legendary Steinway piano here and many original artifacts and furnishings including Tiffany glass sconces, an Otis elevator and corduroy-covered walls.

The Whalehead’s annual Candlelight Christmas program includes Candlelight Christmas Tours each Friday evening between November 26 and December 18, with Christmas cookies, special exhibits and a live holiday piano performance. Guided tours are also available, by reservation only.

First Incorporated Town | Bath, NC

On the shores of Pamlico Sound sits historic Bath, where you’ll find one of the state’s oldest surviving homes, the 1751 Palmer-Marsh House, as well as several other well-preserved, historic dwellings. The state’s oldest church is also located here as well as countless landmarks and references devoted to Blackbeard the Pirate, who once resided in the little town. Visit “Teach’s Point” (Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach), the Van Der Veer House (note the unique Flemish chimneys and gambrel-design roof), and the quaint St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where services are still held every Sunday as they have been for over 300 years.   

Bentonville Battlefield | Four Oaks, NC

Commemorating the Civil War Battle of Bentonville, fought on March 19 – 21, 1865, the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site honors a military action taken to Bentonville Battlefield | Four Oaks, NCdefeat Union General Williams T. Sherman on his march through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The largest ever battle fought in the state, the Battle of Bentonville was followed just a few short weeks later by Robert E. Lee’s surrender in Virginia and, shortly thereafter, the end of the Civil War.

Although today the field itself is privately owned, markers have been placed along a tour trail highlighting the major events of the battle. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site Museum & Visitor Center displays artifacts that have been recovered from the area and hosts a handful of yearly events including a holiday open house and candlelight tours. The home of John and Amy Harper, who established a field hospital at Bentonville to care for both Union and Confederate soldiers, is still standing, with the downstairs furnished to resemble the 1850’s hospital facility that the couple operated here.

Old Salem Museum & Gardens | Winston-Salem, NC

Established in 1753 when a group of Moravians from Eastern Europe emigrated to the region, the town of Salem became renowned for its arts and culture and the craftsmanship of its new citizens. When Salem merged with Winston, NC in the early 1900s, over 40% of the area’s residents worked either in the tobacco industry, for R.J. Reynolds, or for the Hanes textile factory, and the new city quickly became one of the state’s most important commercial centers.

In 1966 the town of Old Salem was designated a National Historic Landmark District that includes Old Salem’s Single Brothers’ House and Salem Tavern landmark buildings. Today the Old Salem Museums & Gardens area, including the historic Winkler Bakery, Miksch House & Garden, Salem Stiches, Boys’ School and more, is dedicated to preserving the look and feel of this historic community for generations to come.

Carroll Joyner Park | Wake Forest, NC

E. Carroll Joyner Park | Wake Forest, NCWake Forest’s newest park – and one of the county’s largest – the E. Carroll Joyner Park was the site of a successful cattle farm until the 1990s. Today the park is home to a collection of restored farm buildings from around the Piedmont region including a tobacco barn, mule barn, pine log chicken coop, and early log house. The vast park is open from sun-up to sun-down and also features a 1,000-lawn-seat amphitheater, 3 miles of walking trails, a pecan grove and performance area, and various recreational areas.

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