A Quiet And Quaint Little Town
Welcome to the quaint and lovely town of Burnsville, North Carolina. This is where we took our Sunday drive today and enjoyed snapping some photos on the village green. The Christmas decorations were still up and I'm so glad as it added to the photos and also our enjoyment.
I'm always reminded of the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green whenever I visit little towns like this. Dora Saint (Miss Read) structured those villages around a green area in the middle of town and all of the houses and businesses fanned out in every direction just like they do here in Burnsville. You can see the Nu-Wray Inn in this picture which is an historic inn that I would love to go into some day. I have read that Thomas Wolfe, Christopher Reeves and Elvis Presley all stayed at this inn.
Like many towns of similar size, this one is filled with beautiful old buildings which are no longer used for their original intent. This is the old Yancey County Public Library building. It reminds me of the old Carnegie Library in my hometown which now sits unused. These buildings are so historic and beautiful and I wish they could still be used as libraries. I guess that I am not of the opinion that newer is better!
I really like the wreaths and red ribbon on the lamp posts on the green. If it hadn't been so cold today, I wouldn't have minded just sitting on the green and taking it all in. But, it was bitter today and after snapping several photos I headed back to the warmth of the car while The Mr. continued his photography without me. Guess I'm a wimp!
This is a statue of Otway Burns for whom the town of Burnsville is named. He was a soldier in the War of 1812.
A view of the main street of downtown. Several years ago I would travel here every week to play in a local orchestra. It was a long drive to make in all types of weather and I was still teaching school at the time, as well, so I eventually gave up the orchestra. It was always fun to come to this little town, though.
I'll close this post with a final picture of the pretty lights on this tree on the green facing The Nu-Wray Inn. We didn't get to see the lights at night but I'm sure they are beautiful! It was a lovely Sunday drive and I enjoyed getting to see the sights of Burnsville once again.