Maybe a couple of times a year I have the opportunity to pass through the historic town of Perryville, Kentucky. It really sprang to life in the late 1830's when shops began to line the historic merchants row, which still stands today. It also saw the Battle of Perryville in October of 1862. This battle, which ended the Kentucky Campaign of two Confederate Generals, is still reenacted each year close to the town.
Harmonia College was one of a handful of women's institutions located in the area back in the day. One of its more famous graduates was Carrie Nation. Known nationally as a leader of the temperance movement, Ms. Nation left her mark in this area by initiating the beginnings of the local option.
Regional vernacular would refer to local option as a "wet" or "dry" county. Each county votes whether or not to sell alcohol. A charged issue in our area still today.
Merchant's Row is still available to browse with Itchy Dog Antiques being the best name ever for an antique shop. Just sayin'.
If the dear Ms. Carrie Nation were to visit this town today, I doubt she would find it much changed. Bricks still line the walkways and the pace is still slow. With a population hovering around the 800 mark, how could it be anything else?
This is one of the few places where I can snap a picture of wavy window pane, while really trying to capture the stuffed chicken sitting on the upper shelf.
History....it's all around us. Just make your husband stop the car so you can run around and take pictures of it.