The Dying Town Thanks You

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 –
The Wishing Well Boutique –
Glover Station Antique Mall –
Longhunters Coffee and Tea –
Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant –
Dumas Walkers Burger Restaurant –

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5 thoughts on “The Dying Town Thanks You

  1. Mary Ross

    I grew up in Green County and remember all these places. It is a quiet little town in Summersville. Have not been back in several years because my children live in Louisville and Bowling Green Ky .

  2. Mary Jane Wilson

    we don’t have a walmart or a Krogers or any of the big stores, but we have wonderful friends and neighbors. People will help you if you are in need. Our schools are helping feed the kids while they are out of school because of the virus. All of our healthcare workers and Doctors are working day and night to help the sick.

    1. Ms. Write Life

      The people are great. The community is top notch in my opinion. I want the small businesses that were opened up by people in our community to succeed, and I hope eventually there is some economical growth in these towns that will provide additional jobs.

  3. Tim Davis

    I visited greensburg often as a child because two of my grandparents lived here. This was in the early 60,s and 70,s and you didn’t have to go anywhere else to get most things that you needed from automobiles to groceries. I say this as an outsider being from Louisville.As time went on one by one these small stores were closing and I guess no one saw fit to keep these place open.I moved here in 1985 and started a business 10 miles from greensburg and these places just kept on closing and now we have no formal grocery other than the dollar store and we only have one gas station the five star. This is my opinion only and I may not know all of the facts for this but I think that it is sad that you have to go to another county to buy groceries or purchase a car from a name dealer such as a Chevrolet to a ford. Again this is my opinion but it is sad that our economy is dying. I say this as an citizen of green county now please someone needs to take interest of our community and let’s bring back our dying town. I know with growth of our community it brings problems such as crime and drugs but we have more than enough law enforcement with our city and county law enforcement to control this problem. So to our future for our children let’s bring back our economy and get greensburg up and going again. Again this is only my opinion and thanks for reading this, I have talked to numerous citizens about this problem.

    1. Ms. Write Life

      Hi Tim! You don’t need to apologize for your opinions on my site. You have a right to state how you think and feel. There will always be people that disagree and that’s okay. The community is wonderful, but part of the truth is that most businesses that have opened their doors have eventually closed their doors, and I hope that changes with the community coming together to support them.

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