The remnants of history around us are disappearing every day!

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Old Fayette County GA SchoolhouseThe squeaks of chalk on slate now still
Gone is the clamor of the children’s trill
No more ink or leaf or dog-eared tome
The old schoolhouse has gone on home!

                        (R Weisser 2011)

Like the old schoolhouse in Fayette County Georgia, many old buildings that have outlived their usefulness are just fading away.

Perhaps I am overly sentimental. After all, progress is usually considered to be a good thing, especially in the world of real estate.

Historic preservation is costly and most of these sites are located on private property, but there is something about these place that have fallen out of their “time” that intrigues me and stirs up images of my own past.

And as we plunge deeper into the 21st century, the term “20th century” will gain more and more historical significance.

Time moves on. People come and go and places change.

But it doesn’t hurt to look back every now and then.

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Rainmaker
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Cindy Edwards
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What would we be if we didn't look back?  Memories help form us and in the end, that's what we are left with. Great shot and sentiment.

November 27, 2011 09:29 AM
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Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
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In some ways it's quite sad the future generations won't get to experience the richness of our experiences such as those you mention but....... they will have experiences and sights and sounds that they will look back on and reminisence about just as we do.  But sometimes I wish for some of the "good old days!".... 

November 27, 2011 09:29 AM
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Michael Thornton
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Good morning, Richard. I know what you mean. It was sad to see Captain Samuel Ryman's (he built the Ryman Auditorium) house torn down to make way for commercial development...

November 27, 2011 09:33 AM
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Jill Sackler
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I know exactly what you mean. Someday soon, I'll write a post about the same topic with regard to torn down historical sites in my own neighborhood. T-mobile stores and delis have replaced buildings with fascinating historical allure. I love your poem.

November 27, 2011 09:35 AM
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Richard Weisser
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Cindy...

I probably look back a little too much! Thanks for being the first to jump in this morning!

J & R...

But I often wonder is their looking back will be the same, as their life is filled with more electronic illusion than deep rooted reality. Thanks so much.

Michael...

And once it's gone, it's gone for good. There is no going back. Thanks my friend.

Jill...

So sad to lose so much local character only to replace it with "everywhere America." Thanks for the nice comment.

November 27, 2011 09:45 AM
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I just love old homes. Like yourself I am handy with a camera so I always make a point of capturing the old homes that I see. Someday I'll figure a way to share those photos do that I can help those old homes live on. 

November 27, 2011 09:51 AM
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Loreena Yeo
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Like you, I have photos of my area that I'd never get again. We are developing so quickly. I guess we both will be busy capturing memories of our town.

November 27, 2011 09:53 AM
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It is more of a challange than ever nowdays with the 'New is better' attitudes of society.

November 27, 2011 10:02 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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My hubby would love this post as much as me...he is a history teacher :-)  Have a great day!

November 27, 2011 10:16 AM
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Mark...

It's important to catalog them so they can be properly identified! Thanks.

Loreena...

And I'll bet a website with old local photos would get a lot of visitors so these could be very useful for business THX.

Bill...

We do live in a throw away society. Thanks.

Kristin...

I love history! I'm glad that your husband lives it every day! Thanks.

November 27, 2011 10:35 AM
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John McCormack
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Richard very true post.  Looking back keeps us grounded.  I cringe with each historical building that is torn down in the Q.  They know not what they do!

November 27, 2011 10:52 AM
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Don MacLean
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Richard, There is a fine line between overly sentimental and an appreciation for a time when things were built, designed and stood for something different.........................and usually more.

Enjoy the day

November 27, 2011 10:56 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Richard,

One has to know their past to see how far they've come.  Wonderful blog, it's a shame that we don't preserve more of our history with our old buildings.  Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo and commentary.

November 27, 2011 11:44 AM
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Marge Piwowarski
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Richard,

Someone started a facebook page about "growing up in our town" for the small town where I grew up.  There are hundreds of members now, possibly more than the total population of the town ever was!  Old photos, memories of pranks, of school teachers, of little country schools, of the town physician and more.  While I can attest that lots of boomers are into nostalgia, a surprising number of other generations are fascinated by "how it was".

November 27, 2011 11:46 AM
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Richard Iarossi
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Richard,

Apparantly, society's values today place a low value on preserving the past. Once they're gone, there is no chance of getting them back.

Rich

November 27, 2011 12:00 PM
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Hi Richard!  I too, hate that preservation has lost it's value in our society.  As well, these old buildings do bring back memories and thoughts of our granparents and great-grandparents and how they lived and were educated.  MOST days I yearn for those simplistic times again!

November 27, 2011 01:54 PM
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