Greeneville, TN, Pt. 1
13 November 2008
Kind of a rainy, gray day, so what better way to pass the afternoon than to drive to a lovely little Southern town and take pictures?
Ok, so that first picture might not strike you as lovely, but I have a thing for neglected buildings.
There, that's better.
Oops, here comes another down-on-her-luck building. Sorry, I can't help it. I love buildings that make you wonder what possibly could've happened to them. This one is an old tobacco warehouse that was being renovated to be used as an antique car museum when there was a fire this past July. Heartbreaking. There were piles of bricks inside, and I hope that they can afford to rebuild what is left.
There's a ton of history in and around Greeneville, a town of about 16,000 people (more or less). It was founded in 1783.
Davy Crockett was born in the area.
And President Andrew Johnson began his political career here.
I loved this particular building lots and lots. I wish I could take pictures inside.
The sign above says, "FEDERAL AND INSURANCE REGULATIONS PROHIBIT CUSTOMERS IN SHOP AREA." Technically I'm not a customer, but I don't think that'd make a difference to the federal and insurance regulators. Drat.
The one above is the second floor of a shop downtown. How much would I love to be able to go up there and take pictures? Very, very much. Once, when I was in college, the woman I worked for was looking to relocate her shop. She tried to rent one that used to be an old theater. She had me come with her to check out the space. It was awesome. Unfortunately, it didn't work out. The owner was an elderly woman who had a requirement that whoever rented it should be of a certain religion/ethnic heritage (I won't say which, but it might surprise you) and my boss didn't fit the bill. Weird.
Anyway. Speaking of old theaters, this is the Capitol Theatre. I'll have a photo of the marquee tomorrow. The website says that the theater is being forclosed (sigh), but from the sign below, it looks like they're trying to save it. I hope they're successful.
In part 2, I'll have some of the homes that surround the downtown Greeneville area. They're something else! And if you want to see more of the small towns I've been to in Tennessee, you can see my other small town excursions.
For more b&w photos, see Gayle's post-Halloween yuckiness and her heart for Love Thursday, Rachel's photo of a playground, Shelli's pic of V's favorite dog Banjo, Toni's bedding, Elizabeth's weimaraner (my favorite kind of dog), Kristen's fabulous holiday gift ideas for kids, Alexis' photos from around the house, and a fairy tale from Monkey's Momma.
And remember, there's still plenty of time to join us if you'd like!
I have a thing about decaying old buildings too! It's like they seek me out and scream "SAVE ME!" I see the details that someone put so much time and effort into, and it just breaks my heart.
Loving the photos!
Posted by: Kim Payne | 13 November 2008 at 08:13 PM
I love old buildings too. So much history and often, so much neglect. Each one tells a story, don't you think?
Thanks for the linky love! I am really enjoying this!
Posted by: Monkey's Momma | 13 November 2008 at 08:14 PM
great old buildings. I really like the H. Thanks for the tour!
here's today's shot, I remembered the Shutter Sister post on self-portraits and thought I'd play around:
Posted by: elizabeth | 13 November 2008 at 08:42 PM
Nice! I love old buildings too as they have so much character in them. I really appriciate the write up you have done for each location as it really brings out the charm of the area. :)
Posted by: Howard | 13 November 2008 at 09:20 PM
Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of the old buildings. hope they save the old theatre.
my daughter LOVEs to photograph the abandoned. so much so that I'm afraid she's going to get arrested for trespassing. I'll have to share some stories with you sometime. I'll try to write a blog on it after this festival is over.
Posted by: spread your wings | 13 November 2008 at 09:39 PM
these are so lovely. I want to drive through a small southern town so bad right now. Missing the east:) lovely pics! loving b/w november:)
Posted by: sarah jane | 13 November 2008 at 09:44 PM
It’s sad to see out building in a state of neglected but they do make a lovely photo subject and have heaps of character.
I have some new BW shots on my blog too.
Posted by: Liss | 14 November 2008 at 06:39 AM
oh the bricks and I relish your shots of the windows ~just the side "trip" I needed! I am listing my "to-do" list in black and white friday @ redorgray.com
Posted by: ELK | 14 November 2008 at 06:39 AM
I love small town trips! All that brick in black and white is beautiful. I have another black and white up today http://turkeycookies.blogspot.com/2008/11/2-4.html
Have a great Friday!
Posted by: jessica | 14 November 2008 at 06:41 AM
I was just in Greeneville the other day. I've lived here my whole life and had never really experienced it until then. It's a neat town. And I couldn't help but think that I wouldn't mind living there, not at all. Nice pictures, Maya!
Posted by: Heather | 14 November 2008 at 08:14 AM
I like old buildings, too. The buildings with the letters are interesting and I like the brickwork over the windows.
Here's my b&w with a tint of green for today. If it is too green, you don't have to include it. =)
Posted by: Toni | 14 November 2008 at 09:22 AM
maya, I love your photos of the old buildings. They are so interesting and it's so sad when get torn down for something new. Can't wait to see tomorrow's photos!
Posted by: Gayle | 14 November 2008 at 09:31 AM
I too love old building. Today I posted my favorite, old barn silos! You can see my post at
Posted by: Jean M Fogle | 14 November 2008 at 09:34 AM
Oh, and here's my try at b&w today:
Posted by: Gayle | 14 November 2008 at 11:04 AM
Oh Maya, those photos are spectacular. I love old mill and factory buildings. These may be my favorites of your photos to date. I've scrolled back up like 14 times to look at them again.
Posted by: Amy | 14 November 2008 at 11:22 AM
I love them all! Oh I wish I had had my camera when I lived on Chattooga Avenue!
Posted by: shelli | 14 November 2008 at 04:25 PM
I love the tone of these-more on the brown side.
Posted by: kristen | 14 November 2008 at 09:52 PM
Here's my Sunday b&w with a touch of sepia. http://dailyvignette.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/ignore-the-dust-please/
Still loving your buildings. I miss old buildings.
Posted by: Toni | 16 November 2008 at 09:31 AM