History & Sites of Interest

History of Cameron
Born of a plank road and a railroad and spurred on by the turpentine and dewberry industries, Cameron, North Carolina, prospered in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Fayettville plank road arrived in the area in the 1850’s, and with the arrival of the railroad in 1875, a town was planned and built by people taking advantage of the opportunities the railroad offered.

Cameron was the end of the run for the Raleigh and Augusta Railroad. Entrepreneurs settled here and made a substantial living in various businesses, notably turpentine distilleries, the mercantile and hotel trades, and especially dewberry farming and consignment. The dewberry business became so successful that for many years Cameron was considered the dewberry capital of the world. Surrounded by the farmland of Moore County, the planned town developed along the main thoroughfare, Carthage Street, radiating from the railroad around which its major activities centered.

Along Carthage Street, Cameron’s railroad men, merchants, and farmers built a compact community consisting of one and two story frame and brick houses, stores, and churches displaying elements of the styles popular in the era of 1875 to 1925. Though the trains no longer stop in the town and dewberries are not grown on a large scale anymore, Cameron still retains its turn of the century character and its feeling of a modest, isolated, concentrated village.

Points of Interest

The Foust House
The Foust House was originally built in 1878 by Mr. John M. Foust. He was a local merchant who operated a general store just below the Muse Bros. Store which still exists in Cameron. Mr. Foust's store burned around 1885 and was removed many years ago. The Foust homeplace continues to be owned and maintained by the Thomas family heirs, for over 100 years. Today the property houses a shop.

Turner McPherson House, 1867
Built by Dr. Hector Turner, confederate surgeonand legistlator, for his wife, Kate. Later the home of H.P. McPherson, Moore County Commissioner.

Parker House, 1918
Built by W.G. Parker, who was a telegraph operator witht he SAL Railroad and the son-in-law of Everette Borst.

Cameron Presbyterian Church 1879
Formed by members of Union and Buffalo Presbyterian Churches, this church was also associated with the education of Cameron’s children through Daniel McIntyre’s Classical School. The town cemetery is located behind the church. The church is still active with regular Sunday Services.

Borst House, 1883
Everette Borst was an employee of the railroad. His wife, Elizabeth Blue, was a descendent of Dougald McDougald, who was instrumental in the construstion of the Plank Road.

L.B. McKeithen House, 1923
L.B. McKeithen was the son of Murdock McKeithen and a partner in the family's general store and continued the business until his death in 1963.

Rodwell House, 1890
Moses Britton, local hotel owner, built this fine Queen Anne House for his daughter, whose husband, Ed Rodwell, was an agent of the railroad.

Cameron Methodist Church 1886
Built by Duncan and Allen Campbell. It is noted for its New England style architecture and its little-altered interior. The church is still active with regular Sunday Services.

The Greenwood Inn
Built in 1874 to accommodate railroad men and drummers (traveling salesmen). Once a boarding house and tavern and recently an Antique Shop. Now available.

McFayden House, 1878
Neil A. McFayden was a prosperous Cameron merchant before the turn of the century and a seller of saddles and harnesses, later the home of J.A. Philips.

McLean House, 1920
J.D. McLean was a banker with the Bank of Cameron and later a Moore County tax collector.

John C. Muse House, 1878
John Muse, with his brother, Andrew, established Muse Brotheres Merchantile in the 1870's.

Old Cameron Jail - Built in the 1880's and used until the early 1920's.  This building was recently restored.  Click here for larger versions of these pictures.

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