In twenty-four hours, over 2,500 people read the post The Dying Town. The hits ranged from all over the United States, including Alaska, but also there were people reading it from Canada, Jamaica, Aruba, Spain, Vietnam, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. That’s pretty cool and it shows the power of social media and the internet. So, to anyone that shared the post, talked about it, and helped feed the buzz, The Dying Town thanks you.
I know the story resonated with people because Summersville, KY isn’t the only town where businesses open, then the doors locked, the windows shuttered and the buildings sat there, looming over the city, decaying. Those old buildings tell a story. A story that once held hope, dreams and hard work, but changed to broken dreams and sadness. The neighboring town of Greensburg, Kentucky has seen the same thing happen.
Green County, Kentucky is a beautiful place with some really great people. It’s a county where people come together and rebuild homes for those who lost their home in a fire or are old and unable to afford to fix their home that is now in shambles. This is a community that waves at people as they drive by, not because they know each other, but because that is the culture and norm of these nice folks. If you’re stuck on the side of the road, someone is going to stop to help you. Those are things sometimes lost in the bigger cities.
The only intent I have in my posts is to shine a light on these small towns that deserve to be recognized. Maybe some people want to point out flaws, but everything in this world is flawed. I have lived in so many different places – Germany, Arizona, North Dakota, Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia, and I have visited even more places – Turkey, England, Ireland, Scotland, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and the list goes on and on, my friends, but Kentucky stole my heart. There have been some cool places I want to go back to because I loved them – Scotland is on my list and so is St. Johns, USVI, and I would recommend anyone that could go, to take a chance on visiting both places, but I found peace, beauty and genuinely nice people in this state.
When I first visited Green County, I felt like I had stepped back in time. I wasn’t surrounded by a sea of concrete with horns honking every few seconds, but instead, I was surrounded by trees, fields filled with cows, corn, soy beans, or rolls of hay, and I could hear the birds singing, bugs buzzing, cows mooing, and my heart softened. I might have grown up around major cities, but they were never my home. I never really felt like I had a home – until Kentucky. This is home, and I will continue to shine a light on the beauty that surrounds this state.
If you have something you want to share about Kentucky, whether it’s historical, current or pictures, let me know and feel free to post it to the comments.
Here are a couple of places to checkout if you visit Greensburg:
Rock Bottom Wholesale – https://www.facebook.com/pg/ROCK-Bottom-Wholesale-710472932423797/posts/
The Wishing Well Boutique – https://www.facebook.com/groups/112753632684497/
Glover Station Antique Mall – https://www.facebook.com/Glover-Station-Antique-Mall-338090756804074/?rf=166335783392093
Longhunters Coffee and Tea – http://www.longhunterscoffeeandtea.com/
Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Agaves/123667444355911
Dumas Walkers Burger Restaurant – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dumas-Walkers/375856829141443