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Maryville, Pt. 2

Yes, the houses are wonderful in Maryville—and I'm sure I only scratched the surface of what's there. In fact, I saw a neighborhood while I was driving around downtown that looked fantastic, but I never seemed to get there from here and then all of a sudden it was time to go home.

I love the old downtown areas of small towns, don't you? The buildings are, well, so sweet I just want to pop them in my mouth like candy. I really need to find out more of the history of Maryville, but there just doesn't seem to be time. It doesn't matter—I got some great photos.

It hasn't even been a year since I got my first DSLR and I'm loving it. The only thing that makes me happier than relaxing with my family is relaxing with my family with some good natural light and my camera around my neck. So far, I have two lenses. The kit lens that I almost never use and an inexpensive 50mm lens that I'm in love with. This is not the kind of lens to take photos of houses and buildings with, but I love how it gives me these great detail shots and I feel like I get more of the essence of the building than just a pictoral representation.

Case in point:

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The turquoise! The white! The brick! Red, white and blue, baby—I'm in heaven. On the building it says WATCHES AND JEWELRY. Exactly.

Here's a mural depicting "Smoky Mountain Music History" and a detail shot. The only person in the detail shot that I recognize is Minnie Pearl (because we used to watch Hee Haw when I was a kid). You can also see Dolly (adore!) on the right in the orange dress. Can't miss her!

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Then there's the Palace Theater, which has been restored and is in use. Wonderful!

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My real find was the AK Harper Memorial Library building. It's not a library anymore, but a shop called Dandy Lions. It's a tiny jewel of a building. The brick is amazing. I'm glad a shop like Dandy Lions is using it because I'm sure they're taking good care of it.

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Then there's my latest obsession; I had to put this photo in. I hadn't thought about Family Inns in forever, but I've seen four so far here in East Tennessee. For some reason, those signs just make my heart happy.

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I have these photos and a few more uploaded to the new Springtree Road flickr account. If you're interested, check them out—and leave me a comment if you like something you see!


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Yes, I LOVE the downtown of little towns. "Pop them in my mouth like candy" - that's perfect! Maryville looks like such a treasure! Your picture-taking just gets better & better. Thanks for sharing these.

I have never seen the Family Inns, and I've traveled so much. But you can't get more American than that, can you?

Hooked on Houses

I haven't seen a Family Inn since I was a kid! I remember staying at one in Tennessee on a family vacation years and years ago. Seeing the sign instantly brought back memories I forgot I had. How fun!


What a charming town. I love towns with history. I don't know if you have ever heard of Galveston. You would be in heaven with your camera there. It dates back to the 1800's and everywhere you look is an architectural feast.


I'd love to shop at Dandy Lions just to see inside that building.


Thanks so much for visiting Maryville! A friend forwarded me your link, and as the owner of Dandy Lions - I was so touched to see your kind words. Please do come back and see the beautiful inside of the building too - the architecture and charm just keeps going!

I would love to meet you and thank you in person for loving a true American town!


I just happened across a comment you made on Soulemama's and was wonderfully surprised to see that you've fallen in love with half my family's hometown! My father and on back to his great-great grandparents have lived in and around Maryville for a long time. I'm searching to send you a picture of my grandparents old smokehouse that is white with a deep green door, paint chips falling away. This area is so green - my childhood memories of playing on large limestones, creek wading, and berry picking on their acreage in the summer time have always been such mental respite. Thanks for posting! Come to Chattanooga! We're only an hour and a half away - and very beautiful as well.

Carrie Harvey

Beautiful post of my now hometown! I've only lived here for 8 years, but I feel like I'm finally "home"!

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