Posts Tagged ‘Rocky Mount’

Visiting Kerouac 3.0

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Kerouac in Rocky Mount, Eight Years Later

It’s been almost a decade since I contributed to this blog. That happened for a number of reasons, primarily my divorce and the precarious situation I found myself in, at times, taking care of myself, my house, 6 to 8 animals at the time, and running marathons. I can’t say I’ve perfectly found my footing, but without question my life has exploded in all the best ways. I completed an advanced policy degree, the Master of Public Administration at East Carolina University; I have work that I love; and a home full of animals who give my life structure and fill it with joy.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about heading to Rocky Mount on a familiar pilgrimage to the house where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote during the years 1955-56. He finished On the Road in 1951, but it wasn’t published until 1957. He did most of his living and writing in those in-between years.

Kerouac in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

There’s still one detail regarding Jack Kerouac’s time in Rocky Mount to settle … and that’s the fate of the house on West Mount Drive where he lived in the mid-1950s with his sister, Nin. It’s referred to as “Big Easonburg Woods” in his work, as that was how the crossroads was known then.

Thanks to John J Dorfner, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., we know the whereabouts of the house. I’ve been speaking with him and we’re trying to now figure out what the future holds for this house.

He and I, and perhaps other Kerouac fans out there, would like to see this little farmhouse preserved and protected. There’s a risk, however, that it will change hands before that can be done.

In the development frenzy that sweeps like Sherman through eastern North Carolina, who knows how long a Depression-era farmhouse could hold out?

Meanwhile, in the next few days I’ll make some updates to the pages on this site about Jack Kerouac.

2008-06-04 12:17:01 GMT