Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Old Buildings Tell Stories

It was a great Memorial Day. Got to visit my husband's grave at A. G. Horton Veterans cemetery. It was so heartwarming to see so many people there honoring their loved ones. As always every grave (and there are so many) had a flag on it. Such an humbling sight.

So, I move on from my vacation at the Beach. I am sure you all are tired of looking at pictures of that!

I have had these pictures in my archives for a little while. D Shirley and GS Chris and I were on a back country road near where I used to live in Sussex County when we drove upon this. I just couldn't resist stopping to take some photos of this interesting place. I figured it had some stories to tell, that is, if it could talk.

It had once been a store that had been operated by a man and his wife.

I love the peeling paint and bars on the windows.

A peek inside a broken window pane revealed some treasures left behind.

Broken panes in a tightly secured window. It allowed us a glimpse inside. I couldn't help but think that this is how we are as humans...holding ourselves in a very private abode (our bodies) but sometimes the broken spirit we endure allows people to see inside our souls.
A smoke house (or store house, I am not sure of it's use) and a covered well sit beyond the yard of the store. I understand that the store owners put the well there so that passersby could stop and get a cool drink of water on a hot summer's day. I wonder if owners of stores still do things like that... think of passersby. I know of a whole town where the shop owners have doggie dishes out front so that dogs can get a drink of water. That would be Smithfield, Va. But, that's another post, I am thinking.
                                                                                                 Have a great week.


  1. Have you come back down to earth after that wonderful beach trip? Glad you had a good Memorial Day. Love these pictures today. I saw a cute and functional vanity table made out of an old sewing machine like you pictured.

  2. What neat photos. I too wonder about some of the ramshackle places I see. I think that what would the people who grew up in those old house think of them now and how they are left to rot?

    Was that an old sewing machine in the one photo?

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! It enabled me to find yours, which I have enjoyed perusing. Your photos are beautiful, too! It's nice to meet a fellow Virginia blogger : )

  4. I love old buildings too. I can imagine how that little store was. Maybe like a little general store like the one on "The Walton's". Thank you so much for following my blog.

  5. I too wonder about run down places when we come across them on back road drives and in these parts there are quite a few and usually old homes that once housed a family. That o,d store apparently still had some treasures of days gone by. How thoughtful to have a well with fresh water

  6. Yes, Latane, far too many people hide behind broken glass and shattered windows, never letting anyone see the real them. Sad...as my life is an open book...:)JP

  7. What great shots of this abandoned place. I loved the shot of the peeling paint on the door. So interesting that items are still inside like that.

  8. Hi Latane, I have been leaving messages on your last few blogs but they keep coming back to me and saying your server will not accept them. Let's see what happens this time. I am glad you went to the cemetery where Elbert is buried. So many flags!

    Thank you for the gorgeous pictures,

  9. I like the peeling paint, too. Great analogy of the broken window. The owners must have been kind-hearted people to put in a well for passers-by.

  10. I just LOVE these wonderful old buildings, Mom! I love the way they link us to a past that holds its secrets but only gives us little glimpses of what was. Your comment about people's broken spirits was wonderfully profound!


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