Ted and I enjoyed taking the scenic route on our vacation down to Brown County, Indiana. But we didn’t bargain for it being twenty-five miles off the beaten path when I made a navigational error! Oops.
While winding down a hilly, twisting, narrow back road thinking we were nearing our destination, starving for supper and longing to get out and stretch, the road basically just ended and we sat staring at a quaint little forgotten town, Story, Indiana.
I did the proverbial asking of directions while Ted tried not to steam and sputter his frustration at having this detour. But I can’t deny that my delight at finding this sleepy little town far outweighed any irritation. On the right were horse stables, ahead was an old general store, and across the street sat several turn of the century town houses. Eeeee!
I stepped inside the general store but no one was around. Inside the tables were set with linen table clothes and crystal, while the walls were lined with an eclectic collection of old merchandize. At the check out counter was an ancient cash register American Pickers would have loved. I loved it.
I quickly asked directions, grabbed a free menu, and went back to the truck grinning from ear to ear despite Ted’s obvious annoyance and fatigue. “Oh sweetie, I’ve never been so happy to be lost. I love this place!” Even though he can appreciate my glee and love of everything vintage, he couldn’t share my joy but still promised to bring me back.
We did manage to make a return visit for sandwiches and live music in the gardens behind the old general store. This little sleepy town died out after the Great Depression. Though it was established in 1841 after the land was opened for settlement in 1809 by the Ten O'clock Treaty, when hard times struck, it became deserted and preserved in time. Today it's been restored and makes a nice day trip from Brown County State Park, near Nashville, Indiana. Getting lost in Story turned out to make a great story!
What's your favorite American "hole-in-the-wall" kind of place?
Do you like to take the scenic route?
Planned ahead? Or stumbled upon?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.