Another week begins here in Gibson… ushered in under the umbrella of sunshine. The weather here today is expected to be sunny and slightly breezy with light winds of 10-15 mph and temps in the low to mid 80’s. Rain is forecasted for later in the day and into the night.
If you find yourself coming down this way, please take a moment to drive slowly through the village as you will find yourself transported to another time. Here you will find serenity, peace, and a much less hectic pace. There will be no loud horns honking, no buzzing of traffic lights, no hustle and bustle – just a warm, welcoming feeling, and genuine Southern hospitality.
Though Gibson was incorporated in 1899, the history is much older and steeped in anecdotes. Way back in the late 1700’s a widow known as Mrs. Ziba Gibson and her two sons came to the area. It is believed that it was her grandson, Noah, is the one that the town was actually named after. He built and operated a store on the present town site. His brother, Thomas Gibson, who was a Methodist minister, organized a church in the community, and in 1835 it was moved to the site of where the present-day St. John’s Church sits. Records indicate that there was also a school in Gibson as early as 1858.
During the late part of the 19th century, Gibson was a prosperous, thriving town with businesses, stores, and even a newspaper.
Sadly, now however, most of the town has been all but deserted. There is very little commerce here. When the government put up I-95 most of the traffic was diverted from Main St. (AKA: NC HWY 79) and once the flow of traffic left, so did most of the businesses as there was no longer enough people coming through to support them.
These days most of the local folks shopping is done in nearby Laurinburg, also the county seat, and just a few short miles from the town of Gibson. So there is no need to travel a great distance to get whatever one may need for their home.
Come, visit, stay awhile. Enjoy the pleasant hospitality of the locals. We welcome all.
Keep in touch as I will posting more information on this wonderful place. Watch for regular updates. Coming soon: An inside look at some of the “Lost Era” homes in the region. Also, a birdseye view of many of the abandoned places nearby.
I hope to see you all again soon, tell your friends and family to come visit too. I look forward to your comments.