Hobgood is one of the many North Carolina towns that popped up when the railroad came through.  In the late 1880s, the Atlantic Coastline Railroad constructed a depot between Scotland Neck and Oak City.  And with the depot came businesses and a town.  Nearby, there was a gentleman named Hobgood, who owned a store and tavern.  Hobgood would be named after Mr. Hobgood, and the community incorporated in 1891.

Today, Hobgood is a small town of under 300 residents.  It is the quintessential one-stop light (a flasher) town in Eastern North Carolina - a small business district, a restored rail station, and a central common area/park. Hobgood hosts the Hobgood Cotton Festival every October, celebrating the area's predominant cash crop.

Most of the festival activities are held at Friendship Park.  The centerpiece of the park is a fully restored country Methodist Church.  The church moved to Friendship Park in 2003 and is home to the Hobgood Country Church Museum.  The historic church can also be used for weddings and other events.

All photos taken by post author - February 2011.

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