Recent temps have struggled to get out of the 50s during the daytime, yet just a couple of weeks ago it was a different story. For a brief time, temps soared to nearly 80 degrees on the VA eastern shore. As this bank time/temp sign shows, it was a warm evening when Grenville and I took a walk along Main Street.
Here’s a photo tour of some houses and buildings seen on our route.
The collage below shows some Main Street buildings. The brick one in the middle of the first row was the old Farmers and Merchants Bank and now serves as a church. In the 1900s, the row of stores on the bottom left housed several businesses, including a pharmacy, post office, Western Union, and movie theatre. The white building (second one down on the right) is a RR freight station, the only remaining one on the Eastern Shore that’s still in its original location. There was also a passenger station as well, but it was relocated years ago and is now a private residence. The bottom right photo shows a portion of Main Street – fairly quiet.
There are many diverse architectural styles in this small town (pop. just over 500) from four-squares to cottages. Most of these older homes are nicely maintained in comparison to a previous post that featured some abandoned homesteads.
It’s not uncommon to see many of the large older homes with turrets. This was a popular Victorian style and these homes are very striking.
Since the VA eastern shore is “the south,” there are many homes with front porches – open air or enclosed. Back “in the day” folks would “porch it” and spend warm evenings outdoors, more than is done today. Of course, TV was not as prominent, then.
A series of houses with red, including a barn that’s located just down the street. These homes differ from the “standard” house colors of white with black shutters that are all too common in these parts.
Our home, The Frog & PenguINN, once had a black and white color scheme and is now ivory and blue with a front porch and rockers too.
Let us know, anytime you want to come and “porch it” cause we do that often in warm weather.