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01/28/10 — Plaque will mark house as site of first nursing home

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Plaque will mark house as site of first nursing home

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on January 28, 2010 1:46 PM

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From left, relatives Tommy Powell, Jim Barden, Rachel Frederick Baars and Elizabeth Rudd stand with the plaque honoring the late Mary L. Casey of Goldsboro. Mrs. Casey was a nurse who founded Whispering Cedars Nursing Home on Mulberry Street, which her family believes is the first nursing home in the state.

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Rachel Frederick Baars, left, stands with her aunt, Mary L. Casey, in this 1940s-era photograph of the home at 1113 Mulberry St. Mrs. Baars and her family say the property was the first nursing home in North Carolina.

The house at 1113 Mulberry St. in downtown Goldsboro looks a lot different from the way Rachel Frederick Baars remembers that it looked shortly after it was constructed in 1933. But even more than 70 years later, her memories of...

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