My travels last week took me to two small towns with great main streets. I have seen rejuvenated downtown areas of small towns before, in fact they are quite common. But these two small towns had wonderful main streets, which defined each city.
Hendersonville NC Main Street
Greenville SC Main Street
Both of the outstanding Main Streets had plenty in common. They are historical, have unique architecture, are very walkable. They are the center of downtowns, good places to stroll, esthetically appealing, have plenty of activities weekly and fairs and festivals often. Just make you feel good to visit. These Main Streets are a major reason why both Greenville and Hendersonville have so many visitors.
Main Streets have a history and a personality. They are each different. They are more like walking in a park rather than a shopping mall. Much more interesting.
Big wide sidewalks, brick accents, statues, interesting lamps and of course benches, flowers and plenty of things to see and do.
Nothing shows the great community spirit of small town America more than a parade. Small towns love a parade. People come to town to see floats, bands and drill teams, military flag team, antique cars, trucks and tractors, and clowns, Shriners, politicians in old cars, grand marshals, beauty queens, flatbeds, boats, maybe a fire truck with Santa Claus aboard at the end of the parade. The crowd at parades are festive and everyone is having fun. Small towns have parades for Fourth of July, Old Soldiers Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Founders Day and other occasions.
These photos were taken in Richmond Hill Ga by Mathew Rodocker and Robert Fowler in Johns Creek GA.
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Listen to Johns Creek GA band in this small town parade.