Small Town Snapshots

The small county in which I reside didn't become official until 1793, though the longhunters were here way before any organized government took place.  

The county seat is a very small town and retains its original courthouse, from way back in the day, as well as historic buildings on the town square.  This hardware store is for sale.  Sad, but its proprietor has been in business for a long time and is, no doubt, ready for a break.  Being an old house owner I have taken him the odd nail, screw, or hardware piece asking for a match.  He rummages around in his back room and brings me what I need and charges a few cents.  Men continue to gather here for daily conversation (gossip), and have for an untold amount of years.  




This church congregation has been going since 1830, the current building was erected in 1938.  Designed in the Neo-Gothic style, its current congregation is a strong one.  



These steps lead to a building that used to house a corner drug store.  You know the kind with the jukebox in the booth, a lunch counter, ice-cold soda in bottle, and a friendly pharmacist.  Great memories of having lunch there, as a kid.  




The window on the left is the building for our local newspaper.  When I step into their office they know me, where I live, and what I bought at the grocery yesterday.  

It's how we roll around here.  



"A small town is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone, but they still buy a local newspaper to see what the editor dared to publish."  

Danny Kaye  




Comments

  1. Hello, I love these hometown photos. I have great memories of the old corner drugstore. Great post and photos. I love the quote too. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your small town. It was a delight. Our retirees tend to gather at McDonald's, sigh.

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  3. Nothing like a small town, rich in history, no doubt. Looks like a great place to call home :)

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  4. Oh my gosh, I cannot think of a more perfect quote for a small town! LOL! Thanks for the tour, very similar to mine.

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  5. Reminds me a lot our life here! Wouldn't change it :)

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  6. Love that quote - so true! Beautiful old buildings and history. Sad about the hardware store - I hope someone buys it and keeps it going! x K

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  7. What a wonderful old feeling to the place. We had an old hardware store like that around the corner but sadly it is now a yoga studio!

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  8. That hardware store bench
    demands oldtimer conversations.
    Great small town captures.

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  9. Oh, that hardware store sounds just like the one we utilized while I was growing up (and well into my adult years, too). What memories...uneven wood floors that creaked, the smell of oil and iron shavings...thanks for the sentimental journey. Love that Danny Kaye quote, too. That's about right :)

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  10. I love your town. We live in a rural community, but we're only 21 miles from Portland, Oregon.. so most people commute to their jobs. We're also in a National Scenic Area which shut down new businesses in our little town, so all that's left is the schools which are big and one grocery store, the post office, water district and phone company. Our only hardware store is falling in as you can't start a new business. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. This is a true small town and I love it.

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  12. Very similar to my home town. Drug store with ice cream bar, museum, down to earth hardware store. If we don't have it, you don't need it"

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  13. you know that you are in a small town when Second Street is on the edge of town

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  14. My county wasn't platted until 1858.I love a good soda fountain, and often drive just to visit different ones that have still survived.

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  15. I love it! Not too many small towns like that left anymore.

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  16. Delightful post! And I like the quote.

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  17. Lovely glimpses of life in your town. The stairs caught my eye - they are beautiful too.

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  18. A small town rich with lots of history

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  19. Hello Michelle!:) Lovely pictures of your home town. I hope the Hardware store continues on under different management. It's an essential part of the history of your town. I actually love a good old rumage in ours!:))

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  20. My very early growing up was in a small town like this.
    In fact . . . my "birth and baby years" we lived over the local hardware store . . ,
    (I've been told . . .)
    Great post Michelle . . . perfect Danny Kaye quote!

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  21. Hi Michelle, A post like this makes me miss the smaller towns I've lived in. You did an excellent job here of sharing some of the enchatment of a small town. Great post!

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  22. omgoodness, awesome images!! now i understand the title of your blog, and wow, it really applies!!!!

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  23. Small town history is so fascinating to me.

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  24. Such a lovely little town!
    All I keep hearing is My Cousin Vinny in my head whenever I see a small town, "Yeah, you blend."

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  25. Looks a lot like the town where I was born. I really miss having a true corner drug store!

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  26. I love this series of photos. America used to be all about small towns. I miss that. A lot. We are looking into changing that for our golden years. Hugs.

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  27. It's nice Michelle, a bit like the small town I grew up in in Central Africa!

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  28. Love small towns...so much history and character. Sure hope the hardware store finds a wonderful new owner!

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  29. Awesome! What a gorgeous town you live in!

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  30. Hi, little small town girl...this is the kind of town i grew up in...so so many memories and when i go back, parts of it have changed..others, not so much. Every child would be better off if they could be raised in a small, country town...but then again, maybe not. xoxo

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  31. my daughter just moved from a small country town however it was a not so nice small town, she and her husband adopted a biracial child when he was 1 day old however this red neck small country prejudice town was not nice to this situation. My grandson was bullied in school his entire 7 years.
    They have finally moved and hoping larger school district will not be prejudice

    I would love to live in a small country town again if I had friends to run around with. I would want an old country house with a screened in side porch off my kitchen haha

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