April 20, 2007

Smoke stack

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 1:29 pm

Again, I wonder about the technical aspects of this photo. But I like it. There’s something arresting about this smoke stack. Orrville Mill, highway 28. I have a few other pics of the mill here.


April 19, 2007

Apply at office

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 2:25 pm

A remnant from what must have been a bustling mill, directing job seekers to the office. Some melancholy in that. Orrville Mill, off highway 28.

April 18, 2007


Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 2:15 am

This sign, just off highway 28, caught my eye. I looked more than twice, and realized I should take a photograph.

April 16, 2007

Light shining through

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 2:24 am

I like the sun shining through the door and windows of this abandoned, roofless building, located on highway 28.

April 14, 2007

Water tower

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 12:58 pm

Water tower located adjacent to the slowly disappearing Orrville Mill — which is probably what the “crafted with pride” refers to. I like this tower so much, I took views from the other side too.

April 13, 2007

Orrville Mill

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 3:13 pm

The light shining through the roof of this mill caught my eye. It is slowly being demolished. Seeing it is like watching the end of an epic movie — that era, when the Orrville Mill thrived on the edge of Anderson (the difference now indistinct) is gone. The houses around the mill still stand though — the majority well kept and maintained, no longer linked to the mill, but still a community. (A larger picture of the demolition is here.)

March 23, 2007

Church Sign

Filed under: Churches, Schools, & Nonprofits, Highway 28 — lessie @ 2:18 pm

Another angled shot. I’m incorrigible. I know it’s not the best, but I couldn’t resist. I wanted both the sign and the glorious steeple (which may have housed a church bell at one time).

This sweet church is located on Highway 28. Technically, like the sign alludes to, it is located in Orrville. But Orrville is such a small community and so seamlessly blended with Anderson that I drove this street for ages without realizing Orrville existed. I believe Orrville is a former mill community, named after the founder of the local textile mill.

Why did I want the sign in the picture? Nostaglic and perverse reasons, I guess. Church signs with similar motivational sayings are located all over rural (and even metropolitan) South Carolina. Perhaps other areas as well? I dislike their trite truisms. Christianity for me can’t be summed up into a sentence. (“Turn or burn” is one that makes me laugh — and shake my head equally.) Unlike my feelings though, many South Carolinians LOVE this custom. So I try to be respectful of others’ feelings and not make fun. I take Christ seriously afterall — just not these little sayings. Guess what my mom gave me for Christmas? It was a desk daily calendar — of church sign sayings! I smiled and thanked her. Emily Dickinson rolled over in her grave with its printing. But my mom loves them. And I love my mom. So I kept my trap shut for once. 🙂

March 22, 2007

Please use side entrance

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 1:51 pm

I took this picture because I was struck by the neon sign — lit up, inviting people in, contrary to the bars and burn marks. Then I noticed the “Please Use Side Entrance” sign. That must be the ticket. Located along Highway 28, heading into Anderson.

March 20, 2007

El Padrino

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 4:03 pm

One of the many mom and pop stores along Highway 28, heading into downtown Anderson. 🙂

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