Minnesott Beach Back in the Day
Arlington Place is located in Minnesott Beach, a small, riverfront town rich in history. We love talking to the locals that have lived here all of their lives that tell tales of the dance pavilion built over the Neuse River in the early 40s.
Back in the heyday, dances were held on Saturday nights and the jukebox had folks dancing the ‘Minnesott Beach Bop’ and Shag’n to pop music that at that time was considered risque. Oldies but goodies such as “Sixty Minute Man”, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, “Rocket 88” and “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box” just to name a few.
The Pavilion was owned by the Hardison family along with a restaurant, small motel and a 10-pin bowling alley up until the 60s when it was destroyed by a fire.
And then there are the ‘Fish Tales’. Fortunately, we found some pictures to back up these stories. Looks like life here on the river has always been pretty sweet.