The beginning of a new year is the time for resolutions, but it is also a time to reflect on things past, especially if a bit of nostalgia is involved. As downtown Appomattox begins its effort to revitalize, I gave some thought to how the downtown area existed when I was a child in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This week’s column is a bit of recollection of the businesses that existed at that time.
Years ago, Main Street allowed two-way traffic with angled parking on the business side and a few parallel spaces along the depot. The drugstore at the corner was the center of much activity as it contained a soda fountain and counter stools and booths where food and drink could be enjoyed. There were usually quite a few bicycles parked immediately in front as it was too close to the corner to park a car and children traveled around town using bikes much more so than the use of their parents’ taxi service employed today.
Once I started listing the businesses that were within two blocks of that drugstore corner, I was amazed at the level of economic activity that existed at the time. Although I am certain that I have omitted some establishments, here is what I remember.
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