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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hometown

A few pictures from the little town where I was born.



Lonely railroad tracks.

Old ramshackle tobacco barns are everywhere. 

Small farms. It's a rural area.

Main street on Saturday afternoon--a ghost town.

About to cross the great Pee Dee river on my way back home. 

24 comments:

  1. Very American. So, is the Pee Dee River really great or only just OK?

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    1. Ha, just ok. Lol. There is the Big Pee Dee and the Little Pee Dee.

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  2. These photos are great, they give a real flavour of your home town.

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    1. They were just quick photos snapped with my phone from the car window. Thank you!

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  3. It is quite picturesque, but no place that a kid would want to go through adolescence in by the look of it.

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    1. That county is one of the poorest in the state. All the factories that used to provide jobs have closed long ago. Tobacco as an industry is all but done, too. That used to be a big part of the local economy. The poverty these days is shameful, the schools are substandard, and the opioid epidemic is raging. It wasn't a good place to grow up, but it was much better 30 years ago than it is today.

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    2. Interesting. You were born in the nick of time then.

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  4. Looks heavenly to me, our roads are so choked with cars now the traffic drives me insane!
    Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  5. I remember driving through South Carolina as a child, way in the days before interstates and big box stores. Your pictures could be from that time.

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    1. Not much has changed (at least, not for the better) in the part of South Carolina.

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  6. All that's missing are a few little pink houses.

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    1. Living in North Florida I'm sure you understand just what a small poor Southern town is like.

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  7. Reminds me of dreaming of Route 66 when listening to the Stones!

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    1. When I think of route 66 I think of the big, wide open West.

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  8. Oh My Goodness, lovely and for me very charming.
    Maybe not for some younger adults but if it is near a bigger town just perfect.
    Your photos are lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. There are very few young adults there anymore, and certainly none move there. It's a dying town. Woods and vegetation have taken over large chunks of it.

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  9. Reminds me a bit of our small town only warmer.

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  10. Being a small town girl, myself, I love small towns and open spaces (and goats!). Lovely pictures! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, this week!

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  11. I loved the picture of the old tobacco barn and if I ever visited your home area I would fill my digital camera's memory card with such pictures.

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  12. It all looks very peaceful. My native village is just south of London, and although it is very beautiful, it is very close to one the UK's busiest airports. The noise these days is continuous; it wasn't when I was a boy!

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  13. Like some of your other readers here have said, it looks peaceful and quiet. I understand it is not easy to live in what you describe as a dying town, but somehow I can't help but think it is good that woods and other vegetation is getting back some of what used to be theirs in the first place.
    People whose living depended on the tobacco industry are probably rather bitter about the whole war against smoking.

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  14. I remember driving through South Carolina as a child (well, riding -- my mom was driving!) and seeing those old tobacco barns standing out in the fields. I'm glad they're still around. They always looked so picturesque to me!

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  15. I would like to see the town where I was born once more before I die. Isn't likely that I'll get there.

    Love,
    Janie

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