Over the years, I kept hearing about this place in Supply, NC. I was told it'd be a fun spot to get some weird photos so, of course, I had to check it out.
It's called Fort Apache- started by a guy named Dale Varnam - you can read more about him here.
The drive took about 45 minutes from Wilmington. There's no formality to the place - it's just a hunk of 30-acres, surrounded by pine trees, out in the country. Just round the bend on Stone Chimney Road and pull over when you start seeing the quirky signs and rusted vehicles in the grass. When I asked the two ladies sitting out front if I was in the right place, they nodded, and pointed to the front door and gave me some convoluted instructions about going through the tunnel and hanging a left.
The best way I can describe this "museum" is this: I felt like I had wandered into a thrift store that turned into a horror movie filmed in a junk yard. Even in the broad daylight of a spring afternoon it gave me the heebie-jeebies. I enjoyed being able to wander freely and gape at all the crazy stuff he had stashed around but I was partly relieved when I ran into a few women who were there for a photography group field trip. In the last ten minutes of my visit, I stumbled into an animal pen of sorts with about four or five turkeys. I nearly stepped on a litter of skinny, sickly-looking kittens and that just kind of burst my bubble. I'd seen all I needed to see.
One visit was enough but I did get some interesting photos from that day.