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The History Of Lake Todd

The Catfish Kings
Harold Lee Freeze and his brothers, F.H.(Red), Frank & Scott Freeze fished the Southern Piedmont lakes and streams in rural North Carolina their whole lives. The Freeze brothers were textile workers in various positions with cotton textile company Cannon Mills which employed many people in the Cabarrus County area. Harold Lee was a self-taught weaving machine mechanic, Frank and Red worked at the Kannapolis plant, and Scott operated a textile bus to transport mill workers.

But they all shared one love - fishing...
Each weekend the brothers would head to local waterways to go fishing as they had since they were young boys and decided to make a go at doing it for a vocation. They crafted catfish baskets out of wire and hauled in catches to feed their families and friends. Soon it became known that anyone wanting some catfish could always find some in the ice boxes of the Freeze brothers.

The brothers took their trucks with fishing boats attached to different locations and hauled in their tremendous catches. Not long after, they quit their jobs with the Mill and began fishing full time. Harold, Frank, Red, & Scott Freeze became the biggest fishing fleet of the Piedmont and were dubbed as the "Catfish Kings". They sold their catfish to local eateries known in the South as "Fish Camps" where people would eat fried fish, hushpuppies, french fries, and slaw in plates laced with tartar sauce.

In 1962, Harold Lee and his family opened their own Fish Camp in an old abandoned Masonic Lodge in the rural outskirts of Kannapolis. He ran an advertisement in the Kannapolis paper on their opening weekend for unbeatably priced catfish. This was the one and only time Harold Lee ever ran an advertisement for his business in the half of a century that it has been owned. People came from near and far to taste this Southern fried delicacy. Unfortunately, the original Fish Camp burned to the ground one night after a grease fire.

In true American style, Harold Lee and Norene Freeze re-opened the restaurant and named it Lake Todd Fish Camp after their first born grandson. They found an old abandoned building on Alexander Rd., Concord, N.C., upfitted it for a restaurant where it still stands today.

But that's not where the story ends...


The Red Barn
The building which Harold found was an old gambling and dance hall of the 1950's & 60's . This dance hall was notorious for illegal activities like prostitution, gambling, white lightning and legend has it...murders. The owner was known across several counties as being someone you did not run across and unfortunately some say at least 3 people who did were killed on that land or in the building itself. 


One was a gambler who lost his temper one night after losing his shirt and was shot and killed in the dining room area. One person thought to have been killed was a woman and details are unknown except that she was said to be a prostitute that the owner had taken as a mistress. But strangely enough, these among many spirits linger at the old restaurant even today.


Employees and patrons of the eatery have all experienced paranormal phenomenon and encounters. Multiple paranormal investigations have taken place in the cozy but creepy building late at night. However, they say that the spirits have no certain time that they are more active and have been known to visit during the daytime hours also. 


So, if you are a skeptic it won't matter either way and if you are a believer then you may have a little trouble swallowing your dinner. But it won't be because the food isn't tasty.





2 comments:

  1. I grew up on Unity Church Road, and since there were no restaurants nearby, going to Lake Todd was always a treat. I had always heard it was haunted by two ghosts, an Asian woman who was thrown in the pond, and a man who was shot because he cheated at cards. I've also seen the gun in the case that is supposed to be the murder weapon. Does anybody have any ghost stories they'd like to share? I have not had the fortune to see anything on any my many visits.

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