Shelbyville square: New efforts, same peaceful, easy feeling

Saturday, August 1, 2020
T-G Photos by Dawn Hankins

This is an ongoing photo series on the local business district. “Now there are some things we all know, but we don't take'm out and look at'm very often. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even the stars… everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you'd be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being.” ― Thornton Wilder, “Our Town.” Just as famous playwright Thornton Wilder said in “Our Town” so many years ago, it’s the people who count in a town. After hundreds of years, Shelbyville and Bedford County people continue to keep the city business district full of energy and reminiscent of days gone by. This week, there was almost too much to take in on one afternoon stroll. Decorating the square was everything from a Raggedy Ann in the windows to decorative planters in front of businesses sure to greet upcoming Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration guests. Cool summer clothing still dresses up storefronts as well as tuxedos in the window of a men’s shop. Perhaps the town square has been a little quieter thus far in 2020, but hope does spring eternal. May we continue to support those local businesses-the ones who weekly make our lives a little more colorful and through their antiques and decorative signage remind us history is a continual process.