The land at this particular crossroads in southern Randolph County has a storied history. It once belonged to Miles and Healy Lassiter, and some of it still belongs to their descendants, including Jerry Laughlin.
Miles was born into slavery circa 1777, but apparently this status wasn’t fully enforced. At the time of their marriage circa 1810, Healy was a free woman of color who already owned land in the area. Together, they eventually held 400 acres, a vast estate in a mountainous area inhabited by small-scale subsistence farmers.