Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nashville, NC - The original Nashville

I now live in Halifax, NC which is a half hour away from the area I spent the first 56 years of my life known as Nashville county seat of Nash County. Also found here is the site of Nashville Elementary but back in the 60's it was also the school you could spend the full 12 years studying. I graduated in 1965 and that was the next to last graduating class of Nashville High School with Northern Nash Senior High School starting in 1967. That was the year that started integration with blacks & whites in the same schools

When I was growing up I lived about 1 1/2 miles from the town limits of Nashville but during my daughters lives I lived 1 1/2 blocks from the school which made it very convenient for them to walk to and from school. We were half a block from the Harold Cooley Library named after Congressman Harold Cooley. Also about the same distance was Joyner's Supermarket operated by Cliff Joyner, one of the hardest working men I ever knew. He had some of the best food in his deli department such as pimento cheese and slices of chocolate and lemon merange pie. I miss that store which was sold some time ago and is now the new home of the library.

Down town you would find the Nashville Graphic, Nashville's hometown newpaper that only come out on Wednesdays. Across the street was Joyner's Pool Hall where I visited often but not to play pool. Mr. Joyner had the best hamburgers and hot dogs in the county. Across the street from the supermarket is Ward Drug Co. operated by Gary Glisson the Pharmacist. Gary is unique in that he compounds drugs making distasteful drugs palatable for both children & pets. This was not the cookie cutter type of drug store like Walgreens, Rite Aid & CVS.

Nashville is a growing town that now has, and this is hard to believe, a Walmart. I can spend time there now and not see a single person I know after spending half a century there. That part still amazes me. The video is of someone driving down highway 58 which runs right through Nashville so you can get a feel for what the area looks like.


  1. That was a great little piece of your past Odie. I enjoyed reading that. Things have changed so rapidly in our lifetime haven't they? The nice thing about the south is that it's at a slower pace than things were up in the northeast.

  2. Thanks for telling us what made the other Nashville such a great place to live, Odie. That video looked like an episode of Storm Chasers because the sky kept getting darker and more threatening!

  3. I like seeing new places. It was a lovely drive and I liked the porches on the houses. Sounds like you live in a great part of the country.

  4. great to know the piece of your life...I would love to stay in your place:)

  5. Some changes are good but others, well, they leave us feeling nostalgic. I remember when Point of the Mountain was actually a mountain. But the rock and gravel companies have worn it down to barely a hill. Used to love watching for hang-gliders over there.

  6. Thanks for the tour. It looks so lovely there til the clouds started moving in. *s*

  7. Lovely reflections on your old stomping grounds. Thanks for sharing (an making my tummy grumble. I want so pimento cheese now!)
    I often feel this way about my old hometown too. I'm thinking of starting another blog (because I have time for that? ***eyeroll***) about all the places from my childhood that have been paved over or replaced by a big box store. If I don't write about them, I am afraid I'll forget them entirely. The change happens so subtly that at first you don't notice....then all of a sudden you're standing on the sidewalk thinking, "Wasn't there an old movie house here once?"
    Have a great weekend! - G

  8. What a delightful peek into your past, Odie! Such a nostalgic telling.

    I do hope Linda is recovering well after her knee op...having been away for a few days, I've fallen behind with everyone's news but I'm determined to play 'catch-up' when I have time over the next few days :)

    Big hug for you both! XOXO