Our town gets a face-lift !
Up until the 1950’s Route #1 was the fastest and most direct route from Maine to Florida and our little town of Vass, North Carolina, flourished since we sat smack dab in the center. Even when Interstate 95 diverted most of the long distance travelers we still remained a thriving little community.
Well, that all changed a few years back when the State built an express section of Rt. 1 that by-passed our center completely. Many of the Vass citizens thought that would be the death of our town but we’ve managed to hang on.
But the saddest thing, to me anyway, has been watching the old buildings sit idle. Many of them date back to the late 1900’s and I can remember (when we moved here in 1978) that they would be filled with happy crowds and all sorts of fun enterprises … flea markets, hardware goods, farmer’s produce stands… and it was a wonderful way to meet and get to know your neighbors.
So…you can just imagine how pleased I was this week when I drove by these buildings and saw an artist painting this delightful scene. Of course I had to stop and congratulate him (not to mention the fact that I wanted the inside dope) ! And, yes, it’s as good as it looks. A wholesale company called “Carolina Seed & Feed” has already moved in and they commissioned the mural.
Hurray for them and I wish them all the luck in the world.