Have you made plans to play with a child this weekend? I’m excited about seeing my niece and nephew on Saturday. We won’t be at the Chris Taylor Park (above), but hope to have just as much fun. If you have never been to Chris Taylor — be sure to visit and bring a child. 🙂
I’ve heard from at least one Andersonian that a labyrinth of tunnels run under downtown. No idea if it’s true or not. The closest I’ve seen is the sole rail road tunnel crossing under Main Street. You can see it looking over the bridge on Main Street (if you can locate the bridge on Main — it’s barely perceptible), and you can glimpse it from the alley behind Main Street — as shown above. I was walking to a parking lot, curiously leaned over a railing and was shocked to see a “subterranean” world. A wider picture is here.
One of the cute bird feeders found at the Anderson County Recycling and Education Center.
My mom’s new favorite place to eat is Jake’s on [Hwy] 81. Monday through Friday (and probably on Sunday, though I haven’t been there then), they serve a lunch-time dinner. You choose your meat and veggies, of which she takes full advantage, eating greens, peas, cabbage or other vegetables, sometimes even eschewing the meat all together, always alongside a congealed salad, preferrably green. 🙂 My mom grew up on such food, served fresh at lunch time. It’s a tradition that I haven’t carried on — to my own detriment, as current nutritional thought concurs with this practice, advising us to eat light at night and eat plenty of vegetables.
Victor St. Clair Minor. Killed in action near St. Quentin, France, October 17, 1918. Silver Brook Cemetery.
Here are additional military markers from Silver Brook. The cemetery is immense.
Around the Anderson County Veterans Memorial is reserved parking, especially for the memorial. Each space has a sign topped with an eagle in flight.
Above is the covered picnic area at the Anderson County Recycling and Education Center, also known as the New County Home.
To the right of this photo is a cemetery where residents of the “Old County Home” were buried. The county has honored them with an enclosed fence and tombstones. A monument displays the names of those who were buried. Pictures are here.
In addition to the Old County Home, a detention center was in this area. Anderson County has preserved one of the “sweatboxes” used for discipline. A picture is here.
From what I understand (please correct me if I’m wrong!), the Anderson Recycling and Education Center is on the site of the “Old” County Home as well as a former Anderson County jail. When rennovating the area, Anderson County renamed it the “New County Home” and, well, the Anderson Recycling and Education Center. 🙂
I can’t help but think it’s a little known jewel. I have become familiar with it because of the recycling — which sits at the top of a hill surrounded by open fields, attractive to hot air balloons during the Southeastern Balloon Fest in August. Believe it or not, it’s feet from the Anderson Mall and our busy business district. An oasis of nature, which Anderson County has taken full advantage of for its citizens. It has a lovely covered picnic area in the shape of a barn (which I’ll show tomorrow), a volleyball area, labeled plantings, and even a stream and a swing at the bottom of the hill.
I’ve photographed this water tower before, but I couldn’t help doing it again. It’s just so dang CHARMING. Especially when framed in the pine trees. The base of the tower has an unusual door, I’ve captured here.
Like many Andersonians, I imagine, I drive by this sign everyday. It’s the back entrance to the Anderson Civic Center and Chris Taylor Park and fantastic baseball and soccer fields and tennis courts and walking tracks and a kite field and an amphitheater and two ponds and ducks and geese and an urban forest and blackberries! I played around with the sign a bit here.