(22) Automobile Era

1910 to Present

The personal automobile allowed even greater mobility and personal travel for Albemarle residents, bringing with it improved highways and modern bridges across waters that were now viewed as barriers rather than transportation routes. Maritime activities eventually became primarily recreational and the railroad ceased as well. Everything seemed to be bigger or faster or better, seemingly hindered only---and then just temporarily---by major disruptions caused by the Great Depression and World War II. After the war, the “Baby Boom,” the Civil Rights campaign, and space and computer ages shaped and defined Our Story as we entered a new century in this wonderful region of half water and half land. Throughout this portion of the exhibit, you will see items and hear stories that relate to the impact of roads.