The Stonewall Jackson School, Part 2 – We All Need Band-Aids

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In the middle of February after some work-related travel, I visited the grounds of the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Concord. A couple of weeks later, I used more work travel as an excuse to venture inside some of the buildings (yessssssss Mary, I was careful). However I’ve been so busy that it’s taken about a month and a half to post this blog. 🙂

Many think this place is haunted. I don’t believe in ghosts, so, yeah…no.

Have A Seat III (2012)

Given the notorious history of this school, I thought the aerosol letters on the decaying walls seemed eerily appropriate.

We All Need Band-Aids (2012)

Weight (2012)

Don’t get me wrong, while I don’t believe in things that go “Boo”, the entire campus has a haunted feel to it.

Phantom (2012)

Busted (2012)

Okay that’s it for now. There won’t be many “just for fun” blog posts this year, so hopefully you enjoy the few I get to share. 🙂



6 Comments on “The Stonewall Jackson School, Part 2 – We All Need Band-Aids”

  1. I was here in the early 70’s. Nothing to right home about that’s for sure. Beatings and rapes from the inmates not the counselors. Once saw about a 14 or 15 year old get raped by 8 guys in one night. Once got in a fight with one black guy but had to fight off three. Good to see it’s closed.

  2. Enjoyed your blog on the Stonewall Jackson School, pts. 1 & 2. After seeing your wonderful photographs, I am very interested in learning more about the school.

    In part 2, I liked the contrast of the B&W and color shots.

    I will look for more blogs from you…

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. I was there in 1967 at the age 13 for car theft. I was there for one year and one day, in cottage 9. Mr Eudy was there for his first year. When I left I had 37 or so writeups. One away from the record. I worked in the bakery for most of the time. Mrs Bost was in charge of the cafeteria. I was abused plenty and had to fight a lot. We had what was called the Bear, the toughest fighter. I saw boys coming from cottage 15 where detention was. This was the workers for the dairy. These boys entire back sides and legs were black from the beatings. Corporal punishment has since beed abolished, but not when I was there. At the rate North Carolina is going they will start putting pad-locked tops on cribs as they leave the nursery. The place turned out a first class hood. Since then I have done an additional 15 years. It all ended when I left N.C

  4. Stumbled upon this place over the weekend and just like you I was intrigued and had to go investigate some of the buildings as well. I took a few black and white pics with my iPhone. Decided to do some research on the place and found your blog. Your pics are really great. Thank you for sharing. I was pressed for time so didn’t really get to explore as much as I really wanted. Looking at your pics has sated some of my curiosity, although I may go back again and spend some more time there. Again thanks!

  5. I often heard of this school as a child. My mom used to threaten to send my brothers to “STONEWALL JACKSON REFORM SCHOOL” quite often. Just the sound of it made my brothers fly straighter. (One even became a Baptist Pastor) by the grace of God or mom’s threats! I ride through this area when I visit my mom in a nearby retirement home. I often wish the walls could talk. Loved your pictures!!! I love old historical buildings and could understand your investigative spirit. I also thought it was interesting that the large stones rising out of the ground were everywhere and wondered if it had anything to do with the name? Anyway thanks for the pictures. I wasn’t brave enough to go inside even though I wanted to. Wish more people would tell about their personal experiences there, maybe some of the counselors too. Or maybe it’s well enough left alone and silent……….

  6. I was in JTS in 1963 and 1964. I was from a broken home, no where to live and would not go to school. I was 14 years old. So, the state sent me to JTS for 12 months. Best thing that could have happened to me. I was in cottage 15 with Mr. & Mrs. Peck. Two of the best people I have ever known. I worked in the dairy half a day with Mr. Alton. Went to school half a day. Just so you folks that were there will know this is all true. A boy named Elgin was there at the time, he ran away & stole an airplane at a near by airport, crashed it and was brought back to JTS. They nicknamed him Sky King. You see, all the horror stories you read about JTS at that time were not true. I enjoyed the time I was there. Anyone who reads this comment, please read this part carefully!! Mr. & Mrs. Peck took their boys to Church every Sunday. We sat under God’s word being preached and taught to us. This had a big effect on my life. You see, God sent His Son to die on the Cross & shed His precious blood so that we could be saved by simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We all can repent of our sins and become a child of God through Christ Jesus. Without Him we have no hope. So you see, if I had not been at JTS and the influence it had on my life, I may not have learned about Jesus Christ. Now since then I have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul.

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