It's only after our River Road trip happened that I'm becoming more aware of how rich it is in historic sites and plantations. Without that previous knowledge, this next stop, J.N. Barthel General Merchandise store, was so perfectly Olde Tyme America, I kind of doubted its authenticity.
Why is the lettering on the sign such a crisp, bright
white? Has this been restored, and/or is this part of a movie set? If this
is a real site, you'll see below that we can date it to 1880. (But then
why is that lettering in such fresh black paint?)
Here's one benefit of having a tall fiance: he was able to reach up and take this shot through a high window.
See the brand-new wood in the right foreground--? Movie set?
Clearly, this Jersey girl by-way-of Brooklyn is not accustomed to having such quaint antique buildings just casually hanging out unattended at the side of the road.