Wayne Hinshaw explores the Sugar Shack
he little frame building sits some 150 yards from the backwaters of the Yadkin River near the parking lot of T.J. High Rock Lake Restaurant and Lounge off Providence Church Road.
The little building is like a magnet for a photographer looking for something a little different that has its own character and personality. A building with character and personality?
This building appears to be built of white weatherboarding or clapboard, but someone has added strips of logs, deceiving you into thinking it is a log house. Most of the roof is red, rusting tin with the porch hanging at a dangerously low angle. There is a string of Christmas lights from the past hanging from the roof over the porch.
One side of the building, which is all white clapboard, seems to be dipping its foundation into the brown, muddy waters of a small pond. Maybe the pond has grown larger and is invading the sovereignty of the building. A dinner-plate-sized terrapin, sunning on a log, slides into the water, out of sight of the approaching photographer.
The grounds surrounding the building are well maintained, showing a love from someone for the little building. There is an aging, old-fashioned “outhouse” sitting in back of the building, thus earning the title of the “little house out back.” Someone must have spent a good deal of time in the big house and “the little house out back.” The outhouse, too, is unpainted and needing some repairs. Well, a lot of repairs to bring it up to code.
As the spring sunshine filters through the tall pine trees that edge the pond, they make crisscrossing patterns on the water. The building makes an unclear, blurry reflection in the reddish brown waters. You wonder, why a boat house on a pond so small?
Jack Phillips, one of the owners of T.J. High Rock Lake Restaurant and Lounge, provides the information.
At one time, the little house was the meeting place for a small group of men who came up with the idea to start the first High Rock Boat and Ski Club. They constructed the first phase of the current building that has had many additions and add-ons. There have been even more renovations recently.
The little building was the original High Rock Boat and Ski Club. Jack says that little building was nicknamed “The Sugar Shack” by the men who gathered there. Now this little building has a lot of character and personality and it has its own stories to tell.