Sunday, July 7, 2013

Recharging




Sampler From Arrow Rock Visitor's Center
We are fortunate to live in an area with many charming small towns nearby. I think my love for small towns goes back to when I was growing up. We didn't go on big vacations, but my parents liked doing little day trips around Iowa. I still have wonderful memories of our visits to small town attractions such as Spook Cave in McGregor, Iowa, the Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville or the Nordic Fest in Decorah. So maybe that's why I still love the unique shops, museums, historic houses and festivals that give each town its flavor.

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of visiting Arrow Rock, Missouri. First stop was their excellent visitor center which explains the history of this one time bustling river town. The size of the town waned when it was bypassed by the railroad and it might have disappeared off the map. But through the dedication of its residents the entire town was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and it is a treasure!
The Academy Boarding House
Artist George Caleb Bingham's House
Private Home
Best Lily Border Ever!
Even the Post Office was charming
1800's Security Doors
Love Old Wavy Glass
The uneven brick path really helps carry you back in time and you can imagine horses clip-clopping along on the road as you head downtown to do your daily shopping.
Well sandals kind of spoil the effect but I was glad to be wearing them instead of tight, button-up boots.
Tomorrow I'll show photos from my stop in Lexington.





4 comments:

Raggedy Creations said...

What a neat little town. Thanks for sharing pictures Roberta.

Felicia

Holly Hills Primitives said...

What a quaint, beautiful little town! Can't wait to see more pictures.

Raymond Homestead said...

Enjoyed the pictures! Lots of neat things to see!

annie said...

I agree, looking forward to seeing more. I love day trips too! I enjoyed your post!