When my family is traveling, we’re always in a rush. The more time we spend driving, the quicker we can arrive at our destination. We fill up our gas tank and drive as long as it will take us to the next gas station. Within the same stop we stretch our legs, take a bathroom break, and gather our snacks for the next 400 miles. This last road trip, we made the spontaneous decision to explore an exit, “Historic Durham.” I wanted to see more of the places I was traveling through and not just passing by their signs on the interstate. We discovered an abandoned building next to a baseball field. We parked our car and enjoyed our almond butter and jelly sandwiches. Come to find out, there was a little history behind that old abandoned building.
Catsburg Country Store July 17, 2014
Catsburg Country Store April 7, 1987
Built in the 1920′s, still functioning in the late 80′s.  This part of town is called Catsburg as a tribute to the late Sheriff Belvin, whose nickname was “Cat.” Belvin was an extremely popular sheriff in Durham County who earned his nickname through his ability to sneak up on bootleggers and moonshiners in the 1920s. Little to nothing is known of “Cat” but some say that his knack for finding local stills had much to do with him being a Distiller and wiping out the competition.