Smithfield, North Carolina: Shadowhawk - Backyard Western Town (Closed)

A replica Wild West town was built in 1997 by former Hollywood actor Bill Drake in his large back yard. Bill passed away in 2017.

I-95 exit 93 onto Brodgen Rd. Eight miles east to Brogden School Rd. 0.3 miles to Bonnie Ave. Private residence.
June 2022: Reported closed.

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Shadowhawk - Backyard Western Town

I didn't know if this site was closed, so I called the listed number and left a message on an answering machine. Got no return call. Possibly defunct.

[Kristopher Yoder, 06/21/2022]
Shadowhawk - Backyard Western Town

Shadowhawk closed for mourning in late November. Wild Bill recently passed away.

[caitlin, 11/29/2017]


Shadowhawk - Backyard Western Town

Bill and his wife were very friendly. Bill gave us a tour of the town, showed us magic tricks, and made lots of jokes. There are two saloons, a jail, a chapel with a bell, and more!

[caitlin, 06/14/2017]
Shadowhawk - Western Town

My family and I went this weekend, completely by accident. Maybe it's just because it was wintertime, but the Western Town is starting to look a bit run down -- to the point that I had to convince my husband we were not going to end up in a real life "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" situation. I hope that the new owners are not letting it go. You can tell how much love and dedication went into to the original construction and upkeep of this North Carolina "Western Town."

[KJ, 03/25/2016]


Shadow Hawk - Backyard Western Town

We started thinking the GPS had the wrong information after we started driving through a neighborhood. But what awaited us was well worth the confusion. The guy that owns it and maintains this backyard western world was in the saloon, where he talked to us about his books and precious acting career. Very cool place.

[Amanda Godwin, 06/22/2014]

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