Graham’s lighthouses were severely damaged
in a hailstorm. He wanted to replace them
with something that would stand up to the
weather. He found Sharpe, who not only made
him a couple of fiberglass lighthouses but
taught Graham how to do it himself.
“I started making them,” Graham says.
“Then Bill said, ‘Listen I’m planning on going
out of business. I’ve got all these molds here.’
So I started buying molds a few at a time.”
He cleared some trees from the front of
the property and began to populate the field
with his creations — lighthouses, animals,
the Uniroyal Gals. Gradually the vision for
Grahamland began to take shape.
“Albert Einstein said knowledge doesn’t
come from learning things,” he says.
“Knowledge comes from imagination. I’ve had
this in my mind, and now I’m making it hap-pen
with my own hands. A lot of people can
dream. But when you can do it with your
own hands and mind, then you
can make it happen.”
Hubert Graham, right, top
left, has big dreams. He plans
to turn his Columbus County
property into an amusement park
called Grahamland, featuring his
fiberglass creations as the main
attraction. His first fiberglass
pieces were replicas of
North Carolina’s famous
lighthouses. He soon