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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ABC Wednesday: B is for Beckley

I posted mostly hiking shots from my spring vacation in Beckley, West Virginia so for B day I thought I'd show you something of the town of Beckley.

Beckley reminds me a lot of small towns in North Carolina.
The quality of these shots isn't great as they were taken from the car when it was overcast.
We actually lucked out with the weather. There were some pretty days, or parts of days, for hiking; and plenty to do when it was too rainy for a hike.
I find it interesting how small towns often have large old bank buildings that are grander than ones in larger cities where I live.
I think part of the reason for that is the old banks in some larger cities have been converted to other uses and the new banks are modern. In small towns they often seem to keep using their old banks as banks and don't spend money on new ones. At least that's how it seems to me in terms of towns and cities I'm familiar with.
One thing I've found in most of the mountain towns I've been in is that there is a lot more stone used in building than in some places. That makes sense because of all the stone that has been excavated out of the mountain when roads were put in.
There is something appealing to me about the house below.
I'm not sure if I was trying for a house in the next shot and missed it due to the movement of the car but I kind of like the old tree and stone wall.
I'm not positive if the last shot is Beckley or not because we missed the Inn we were staying at and had to turn around when we realized we were in another small town a few miles a way. I have a feeling the shot below is from that other town whose name escapes me so it could start with a B.
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Judy said...

What a quaint town that is...I think I remember that name while driving though West Virginia.

mrsnesbitt said...

I LOVE looking round villages and towns - get a real "feel" for where people are.
Thanks so much, and for the lovely comment you left on the ABC Blog.
ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

lovely shots, especially the park.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Karen said...

There is always so much to discover in small towns.

Jane and Chris said...

I love small towns, the houses are usually very individual. Whrn you said 'Inn' my heart flipped, it is such a romantic phrase....Country Inn. Haaaa.
Jane x

Leslie: said...

LOVE the architecture here. Out in the west, you never see that sort of thing. We're too "young" I guess.

abcw team

Sylvia K said...

What a quaint, lovely town! I love the older buildings! There is so much more individual personality to the older towns/villages! Delightful post and photos as always, Carver!!


jane said...

Thankyou for the tour of Beckley - loved your shots of the town - have a good week - Jane

Kay L. Davies said...

Took me four tries to be able to comment here, but I really wanted to say I love these photos. I've always dreamed of living in a pretty town like that, but few towns in western Canada have those magnificent old buildings.
Thanks for showing us around on B day, Carver.

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

Gigi Ann said...

Love the tour of the town of Beckley. Thanks for sharing it with us on B Day today.

Kathy said...

I love old towns. This one seems to be awfully neat and clean!

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful! I'd love to have that stone fence! It's overwhelmingly fine...

Shooting Parrots said...

I'm with you -- the old bank buildings in the UK are more impressive and "solid" than the glass and steel replacements.

Kim, USA said...

Thanks for the tour. At least I see a bit of Beckley and have an idea of the town itself. And yes that bank is huge compare to the new bank building built.


photowannabe said...

I love the small town feel and all the stone buildings. Thanks for the tour.

ChrisJ said...

Some grand old buildings! I have traveled next to nowhere in the South so these photos inspire me to take a trip East one day.

Hildred said...

I think the stories connected with small towns are very romantic, - there is usually such a wonderful connection between people. Love the stately buildings of this small town.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

interesting, I went to Berkley in California.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

interesting, I went to Berkley in California.

Hazel said...

Thanks for the tour of Beckley. Small quaint towns are what I always prefer so I especially enjoyed viewing this. Happy Wednesday.

Kate said...

A very good tour that gives us an idea of the town. Your comments re. the banks are interesting. Never thought of that before.

Meryl said...

Great shots but I find it somewhat eerie that you have taken beautiful day shots in a lovely small town and there are no people, pedestrians or other vehicles in the shot! (Can you tell I'm a city girl?)

Indrani said...

I didn't know of this place. Nice views of the modern buildings.

Chronicles of Illusions said...

What great shots - wonderful place

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

I loved seeing all the photos of West Virginia "B" for Beckley.

You are right, the last photo is the next town to the north, Bradley. Still a "B."

Did you get to stop at Tamarack,?


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