Thursday, October 11, 2007

our town

Ellijay Street Scene

Historic Downtown Ellijay - the signs say, pointing to what used to be the only 'town' we knew when moving here 1973.

There was the town square with everything you needed - Logan's Hardware Store, Watkin's Department Store, the barbershop, Starne's Drugs, NAPA auto parts, a bank, and of course the courthouse.

Just off the square were the Baptist and Methodist churches, Thriftown grocery store, Lay's 5 & 10, the post office, doctors and lawyers.

About a block down River Street was the newspaper office, a dress shop, the Pool Hall, and Penland's.

Now the entire downtown area is geared for tourists, with antiques, coffee shops, caf├ęs.

Penlands (pictured) was a country store that sold just about anything you needed, from groceries to feed and seed. The store still has the signature red and white checkerboard paint scheme from when they sold Purina products.

Ellijay Street Scene photo found on Webshots.


Motherkitty said...

Beautiful. Sounds and looks just like our two-horse town. All the streetscapes and stores reflect an atmosphere to attract tourists -- farmers' market, antique shops, restored cafes and ice cream shop, Cherokee Indian center, gazebo in front of the courthouse, newly built city hall and tourism center. It's all cute and invites all the tourists and bikers to stop and spend their money. Added attraction, lots of Amish. I think there's a festival of some kind just about every other week or so. Small town, but we love it. Been here since 1969 and probably will be buried here come judgment day.

June said...

Your town sounds & looks charming, and I'm sure it is even with the new overtaking the old. It is sad though, to know that towns are losing what gives them their unique sense of place. As you know, Floyd too is having to face the economic reality of shifting toward tourism. We've all got our fingers crossed that the transition is made wisely. As evidenced by Hotel far, so good. But your post is good notice to be ever diligent.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ah yes, the good ol' days when you could ride your bike in to town for everything you needed. I wonder and hope that with gas prices going higher, we'll see a resurgence of small town shopping.

Finn said...

Hi Susan, just popping in to say hello and thank you for the lovely birthday wishes *VBS*
Good to have you home again!
Love the pictures...the whole 'my home town' idea...great little checkerboard shop! Love red and white *S*
And I have to say "happy trails to you", one of my favorite lines from a favorite song *VBS*, and next how about "don't fence me in"?? Hugs, Finn
Any quilts happening lately???

colleen said...

It looks very homey and inviting. Most towns have been deserted for malls and have stayed alive by being historic. I'll take the old towns any day over the malls any day!

bluemountainmama said...

looks quite charming! how you describe it reminds me of downtown Waynesville, NC... where i used to live. it is all for tourists now, but its been well-done, not commercialized.

i loved the little town that we just moved from... it still had all your basic necessities downtown, too....and i could walk everywhere... a little grocery, pharmacy, auto parts store, library, etc. plus a little corner coffee shop where you could sit in the rocking chairs and watch the traffic go by....

the town we live near now doesn't quite have the same charm, but i think it has potential...