Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rogersville - A Great Place Visit

Here is a short story about what a small rural town can do.

We came to Rogersville, Al in 1999 and settled in after a 24 year military career to finish raising out kids.  At the time we arrived the town's population as just over 1100 and there was few business operating.  Except for a lawyer office and a single antique store the old downtown was boarded up and empty.

Today the town's population is approaching 1500 and the old downtown store fronts are adorn with new business signs of all kinds.  New business have come to town in surprising numbers as auto parts stores, a dry cleaners, a hardware store, fast food establishments, and banks invest millions in the Rogersville community.

Rogersville is now a "happening place."  With annual events that include: 

First Saturday Music in Old Downtown,
Hickory In the Park (20-21 April),
Heritage Days (1-2 June),
Fall Festival (20 October,
Monthly first Saturdays (April - October) and 
Three WC Handy Festival events
   Rogersville Bluegrass Festival (19-21 July),
   Longing For Home's Dinner on the Grounds Blues & Jazz Wounded Warrior Project Benefite (24 July)
   Joe Wheeler State Park's Rolling on the River  (27 July)

Rogersville also had a big heart!!  During a recent "Girls Night Out," held to benefit the American Cancer Society, $1,100 was collected and hand delivered to a Society representative during a recent Town Council meeting.

Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

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