William Ivey can tell you most anything you’d want to know about longrifles, or pottery in the Seagrove tradition, or antique furniture crafted in Randolph County. What he values most about the individual pieces he’s collected over the years, however, are the personal histories they carry.
Coolmore Plantation is both a mansion and a museum. But to Joe Spiers, who lives here with his wife, Janet, it is both a connection to his family’s history and a structure that symbolizes his own endurance and strength.
If you’re talking about the people who keep the eggs and biscuits coming, you would call the Old Richmond Grill Eddie and Hazel’s place. If you’re talking about the people who feel at home here, you’d call it everybody’s place.