The Greeneville of Yesteryear

The Greeneville of Yesteryear

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Newbie

Johnson City, TN

#1 Oct 7, 2013
As a relative newcomer to Greeneville I am curious to hear about the Greeneville I missed. People here seem to idealize the town and it does not match up to what I see when I drive down the street or read the newspaper. I would appreciate hearing the about the Greeneville of yesteryear, the events that were popular, the restaurants that were favorites, the businesses that have gone by the wayside, etc. Perhaps it would give me and others new perspective and appreciation of the town...and it would just be fun for those of you who have fond memories.
Memories

United States

#3 Oct 7, 2013
Burley Tobacco and The Austin Company?
Newbie

Johnson City, TN

#4 Oct 7, 2013
Memories wrote:
Burley Tobacco and The Austin Company?
Well thanks for the post, but paint the picture....those words mean nothing to newcomers. Was it a warehouse, a storefront? What took place there and how often? Did locals grow the product?
ott

Elizabethton, TN

#5 Oct 7, 2013
There was once a time when there were folks around here that you could believe and trust in. That day is long gone. I miss that
Cat turd

Loudon, TN

#6 Oct 7, 2013
ott wrote:
There was once a time when there were folks around here that you could believe and trust in. That day is long gone. I miss that
unlike you.

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Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#7 Oct 7, 2013
Once there was a time that people could drive but that ship has long sailed.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#8 Oct 7, 2013
Newbie wrote:
As a relative newcomer to Greeneville I am curious to hear about the Greeneville I missed. People here seem to idealize the town and it does not match up to what I see when I drive down the street or read the newspaper. I would appreciate hearing the about the Greeneville of yesteryear, the events that were popular, the restaurants that were favorites, the businesses that have gone by the wayside, etc. Perhaps it would give me and others new perspective and appreciation of the town...and it would just be fun for those of you who have fond memories.
Testing. I tried a long post and it would not go through. Before I type it all again, I want to see if this will print.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#9 Oct 7, 2013
Newbie wrote:
As a relative newcomer to Greeneville I am curious to hear about the Greeneville I missed. People here seem to idealize the town and it does not match up to what I see when I drive down the street or read the newspaper. I would appreciate hearing the about the Greeneville of yesteryear, the events that were popular, the restaurants that were favorites, the businesses that have gone by the wayside, etc. Perhaps it would give me and others new perspective and appreciation of the town...and it would just be fun for those of you who have fond memories.
Main Street had Greeneville Downtown Motel, Trailways Bus Station, Peggy Ann Restaurant, Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Doughty-Stevens Furniture and Hardware, Rhea Food Market, all on the lower part of Main, not too far from Cumberland Pres. Church( the one with the cannon ball. More if this one prints.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#10 Oct 7, 2013
Next block up on Main Street had Arnott Pharmacy above Doughty-Stevens Furniture, another store(can't remember), First Pres. Church, a barber shop and Greene Co. Bank. Across the street at the bottom of the hill was Corner Drug Store, a Chev. dealership, Brumley Hotel, C.C. Roach Men's Store, Moore's Shoe Shop, a barber shop(Broyles), and the Transit Grille.
In the know

Charlotte, NC

#11 Oct 7, 2013
Would have loved to see downtown during the Victorian era
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#12 Oct 7, 2013
The next block had Waddell Hardware, Boyd Drugstore, Capitol Theater, a jewelry store, F&P Drugstore, Powell & Sandel 5&10, and I can't remember, maybe another furniture store.
The other side of the street had the Courthouse, First National Bank, Lancaster Jewelers, Dodd's Jewelers, Brown's Furniture and Jewelry, and another store or two.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#13 Oct 7, 2013
Turning south (at the Greene Co. Bank) onto Depot St, there was Knox Williams, Royal Café, a pool room, Moore's Insurance Agency. Across the street below the jail was Percy Wilhoit's Sinclair Service Station. That is all that I can recall down that way.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#14 Oct 7, 2013
The other direction or north on Depot was Howard's Jeweler's, Style Center Ladies' Wear, Palace Theater, George R. Lane Men's Store, Western Auto, Star Store, Cobble Collins Furniture. Next block Ricker, Brooks, Broyles Milling, Paxton Jewelers.

On the left side was Holladay Watch Shop, Roses 5&10, Miller Dept. store, Gentry Café, Ross Furniture, J.C. Penney. Next block was Broyles Rubber Oil, Vogue Cleaners, Greene County Tire. Next block Doc and Zeke's Service Station, and Greeneville Laundry, just past the railroad underpass.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#16 Oct 7, 2013
I have left out a few buildings that I just can't remember what was located in them. Sorry, if I missed a few, but this is from memory of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. After that , downtown moved to the bypass. On Saturdays, most everyone from the county came into downtown to shop, and it was crowded.

I forgot Cole's Drugstore, Central Drugstore and Woolworth on the right side going north on Depot.

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Since: Jun 12

BUFFALO, NY

#17 Oct 7, 2013
Thank you, Ben Around. Interesting tour.
baby boomer

Greeneville, TN

#18 Oct 7, 2013
The Greeneville of my childhood was centered in the downtown area. On Saturday mornings it was so crowded on Depot street you could hardly pass on the sidewalks. Roses, J.C. Penney's, Parks Belk & Watsons
were some of the stores on that street. The Transit Grille had a wide selection of newspapers & magazines
and was where I would buy most of my comic books. The tobacco market was the driving economic force in Greene County and the Austin Tobacco Co. played a major role in it's development. I can remember when Eastgate Shopping Center was built and then all the development along the 11-E bypass which ultimately led to the demise of the downtown busineses.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#19 Oct 7, 2013
OUTLAW RACER wrote:
Thank you, Ben Around. Interesting tour.
I forgot Leader Ladies Clothing and Burkey Hardware just past Capitol Theater and Broadway Drugstore below it. I think that there were 4 or 5 drugstores downtown at one time. Central, Corner, Broadway, F&P, and Cole's. Cole's may have come after one or more had left, but I don't remember.
Also, there were 3 hardware stores on Main Street: Doughty-Stevens, Waddell, and Burkey.
tom tom

United States

#20 Oct 7, 2013
Ben Around wrote:
<quoted text>I forgot Leader Ladies Clothing and Burkey Hardware just past Capitol Theater and Broadway Drugstore below it. I think that there were 4 or 5 drugstores downtown at one time. Central, Corner, Broadway, F&P, and Cole's. Cole's may have come after one or more had left, but I don't remember.
Also, there were 3 hardware stores on Main Street: Doughty-Stevens, Waddell, and Burkey.


Any interesting anecdotes about any of the places on this tour?
Newbie

Johnson City, TN

#21 Oct 7, 2013
Ben Around thanks for the tour of old Greeneville. Any stories about how often you went downtown..the stores your liked the best or local events that were an annual thing for you? I know where I lived before there were parades, festivals and times to pick certain fruits and vegetables that come to mind when I think of home. It is sad that so much of the younger generation is missing out on tradition. It seems all our family is scattered to the winds and we rarely get together.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

#22 Oct 7, 2013
Newbie wrote:
Ben Around thanks for the tour of old Greeneville. Any stories about how often you went downtown..the stores your liked the best or local events that were an annual thing for you? I know where I lived before there were parades, festivals and times to pick certain fruits and vegetables that come to mind when I think of home. It is sad that so much of the younger generation is missing out on tradition. It seems all our family is scattered to the winds and we rarely get together.
I grew up less than a mile from the heart of downtown, so I would go there probably every week or 2 , either alone(with my dog), or with a friend( and my dog). The dog would stay outside the stores and wait on me.

There was always a Christmas parade with Santa(played by Clark Harrison-a local Chrysler Plymouth dealer) riding on a float or fire truck which came right by my house. He would toss candy which we ran to get. There would occasionally be entertainment at the old VFW on Main St, near where Greeneville Orthopaedic is now. As I recall, there was a gym at the back of the building, and the legendary wrestler Gorgeous George once came to town(look him up). Also, some country music stars played there.

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