One could find this sign, and similar building facade color just about anywhere in the USA. Says…Mexican food inside!
In 1917, Marshall Field (Chicago department store) established the town of Fieldale in SW Virginia, near the hub of a thriving textile manufacturing region. Here, he made various textile products, such as his iconic brand of towels and other items which he sold in the Chicago store and elsewhere. Today, the town remains, but it’s a far cry from how it was when it was a thriving center of manufacturing. The textile mills are long closed and today it’s mostly, a nice place to take photographs showing how small towns in America used to look.
Stuart, Virginia is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is, fortunately for me, a short drive from home. One Sunday afternoon recently I drove to the small town to see what sorts of subjects I might photograph. This Confederate Memorial in front of the Patrick County Courthouse caught my eye…with flags waving in the breeze and clear blue sky behind. The town is near the birthplace of J.E.B. (Jeb) Stuart, and if you are a student of the Civil War, his name will be well known to you. In fact, the town originally incorporated as Taylorsville was renamed in his honor.