Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2018 49 with $2,000 — a not insignificant $20,458.42 in today's inflation-adjusted dollars. Today, to the casual observer, little appears to have changed. "ere's just not much in Macclesfield," said Meryl Brown, an agent with Joe Murray Realty who had an historic home listing on the outskirts of Macclesfield not long ago. e draw, she said, was proximity to such places as Greensville and Tarboro. "It's sort of like a little bedroom community. … at would be the attraction." Still, what Macclesfield lacks in numbers and commerce can be made up for in plain homespun neighborliness, an example of which can be found at the downtown hangout of Macclesfield Automotive. Inside, William Wooten, the proprietor affectionally known as "Short," is busy at work. "I'm probably about 6 (foot) six," he said. Outside, Charles Lewis is occupying a street-corner bench with some locals and his canine, a terrier and poodle mix named "Bubba." "irty-something years. I migrated from Pinetops to here," he said, smiling, of his ar- rival in this place about 60 miles southeast of the Triangle. Turns out he's also a town commissioner and father of one of Macclesfield's favorite daughters, Tynesha Lewis, a one-time wom- en's basketball standout at NC State who was the 21st overall pick of the Houston Comets in the 2001 WNBA draft and who today is a coach at Carolina Central University. It's at this point that Trey Lewis, no rela- tion and Macclesfield's second-term mayor, interjects. "As you can see, everybody's nice," he said. In fact, Mayor Lewis has been responsible for getting little Macclesfield in the headlines of late. In 2015, he was elected — at the age of 23 — in an upset purportedly making him one of the youngest mayors in the country. Yet, this native — himself baptized at the Macclesfield Presbyterian Church — has the air of a family dynasty. His grandfather and uncle once served as mayors here. "I'm hanging on to the legacy," he said on what turned out to be a moving day for town hall, a two-room "little can" of an office where the last circa 2010 "Macclesfield Police" Impala sits, a reminder of the days before policing was turned over to Edge- combe County officers. e new governmental digs are a much- roomier 1960s era bank, drive-up window and walk-in vault included. "ey donated it to us," he said, adding a lament about the departure. "Nobody wants to be a part of a small town anymore." Curiously, the new seat of government is right by the old free-standing two-room lockup, abandoned long ago. "I have the key to it," Lewis said nonetheless. is being the smallest of small towns, Lewis is, of course, a part-time mayor, work- ing other times as a veterinary assistant and pursing his master's in public administration at Eastern Carolina University. He met his wife, Danielle, when they were in AP English Continued on Next Page ❱❱ PHILIP M. READ The July 1949 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, on the opposite page and at right, proclaimed the "Miracle of Macclesfield," noting that before the makeover engineered by the little town's nascent Women's Club, even the locals called it "the worst place in North Carolina." On the town green, above, is this bronze plaque — dulled by time and weather — commemorating the honor. MREDITH CORPORATION BRIDGERS FAMILY COLLECTION / EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Henry Clark Bridgers, who as founder of the East Carolina Railroad named Macclesfield after his family's ancestral home in England and became its first mayor with its formation in 1901.

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