Town of Stoneville, NC

Friendship Park

Friendship Park is located at the intersection of North Henry Street and Main Street. The park is dedicated to the memory of Beth Mitchell and Powell Hickman. Both were lost during a category F3 tornado that struck Stoneville on March 20, 1998. The tornado leveled many buildings in town, including the site of Friendship Park. The park property was donated by Elizabeth and Randall Shively.

In 2018 the Town commissioned a postcard style mural to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tornado. The mural was designed and painted by Brandon Hardison, an artist and downtown business owner. Each letter of STONEVILLE represents a special aspect of the community.

S          Family walking on a nature trail. This represents our “Welcome Home” branding and our close proximity to trails, Mayo State Park and river adventures.

T         Depicts the town clock stopped at the time the F3 tornado struck the town on March 20, 1998

O&N      The old train depot destroyed in the tornado and representative of all the historic buildings lost that day.

E&V    Tobacco field represents the old agrarian economy so important to the development of our  community.

I&L     The Golden Eagle, mascot of Stoneville High School.

L&E    Locomotive in the snow. The railroad’s importance to our past and future.

Take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the peaceful sound of water flowing through the bronze sculpture of a carefree child and into a shallow pool. The classic design of the town clock, seasonal flowers and masonry seating completes this idyllic scene.

Friendship Park

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