While I spent the first 10 years of my life in Ahoskie, NC, I was actually born in Elizabeth City. I was born in 1959 in the old hospital / community college / condo. I don’t know the history of the facility but I can tell you that shortly after I was born a new hospital was built… and is still in use with several additions since. The old hospital sits in an area called Riverside and has a great view of the river.
During my high school days, the parking lots around this facility were a wonderful place to come and sit and visit with the river. There were many a day that I sat there and just looked out and wondered just what the in the heck I was going to do with my life. And then again at night…. on Saturday nights because that was date night, it was a great place to come “park”… and as we liked to say….”watch the submarine races”. On the nights of a full moon, there wasn’t a more beautiful place in the world.
Then in 1979 or 1980 I ended up right back in that same facility attending college classes because the College of the Albemarle was using that facility for a class room building. Many of my classmates and I would meet every morning in a ground floor room that looked almost like a dungeon to have a cup of coffee before journeying upstairs to classes. It seemed like every class I had was on the side of the building facing away from the river. This was a good thing because I struggled enough to pay attention as it was. God knows I probably wouldn’t have gotten a thing out of those classes if I could have looked out the window and gotten lost on the river.
Some time shortly after this, the college moved to a new facility… ironically next to the hospital. Whomever purchased the old building converted it to condos… private residences. They put up a private gate and blocked off the parking lot from the general public. I haven’t been by there is quite some time… and not sure I want to either…. it’s hard when the views you had of your youth are just in your mind. But at the same time… it is still one heck of a view from where I’m seeing it.