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Empty houses and Mennonites

Posted Monday, March 1, 2010, at 8:38 AM

A couple of thoughts which popped into my mind Sunday:

* An area of U.S. 41-A from just before the west end of Shipman's Creek Road to Davis Hill seems sort of surreal these days.

You'll see several empty houses, which have been unoccupied for months, and empty lots where homes once were.

Eventually, if the state ever gets around to it, the landscape will change and a four-lane highway will fill those areas. For now, it looks as if a whole group of people had just picked up their stuff and walked away.

* Remember the Mennonites? Up to a couple of years ago or so, they'd stop by businesses across Shelbyville weekly with loads of fresh-baked bread and goodies. The Times-Gazette crew stayed well-fed on their products.

Their black cars, women in gingham dresses and men in black hats were familiar sights around town.

Good folks. Too bad they're gone.

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Actually, the Mennonites didn't live on 41-A, but south of Flat Creek on Chestnut Ridge around the Moore County line.

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 1:24 PM

Road TRip........ choc oatmeal cookies, banana nut bread .. salsa yum

-- Posted by angelseverywhere on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 12:35 PM

the family who sold baked goods on the square moved to lexington (TN). i sure do miss those cream cheese brownies!

-- Posted by lazarus on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 9:21 AM

This is only what I heard but it came from a menonite who was putting a new roof on for me. He said due to disagreement within the religion, they were separating into two groups and going in separate directions. Sad, because they are a good people.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 9:15 AM

I gather the two observations are related, so why did they not stay in the area?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 8:59 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.