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Hometown USA

Recently another local family-owned business passed down through two generations, Davis-Merchant Equipment, was sold. We started thinking about the hometown businesses that are left in Powhatan. One by one they are quietly disappearing and in their place is Haley Chevolet, Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply, Food Lion, Advanced Auto, McDonalds, Wendys, Sheetz (Powhatan now seems to need 2 of them), Pizza Hut, Subway, C&F Bank, Essex Bank and the list goes on.  All the local gas stations have been sold to foreigners.

I remember when Al’s Market was owned by a real Powhatanian, Al, and Red Barn by Larry and Juanita Adams. There was May’s Hardware and May’s Grocery where they knew you by name and the meat was actually cut and packaged in the store. Remember…. The Bank of Powhatan, Yates Ford, Yates Oil, Maxey’s Store,  Brauer and then Adam’s Pontiac, Nichol’s Store, Powhatan Farm Supply, Dr. Bradley, Powhatan Locker Plant, Bloxton’s Pharmacy, Hatcher’s Restaurant, Gene’s Auto Parts, Goodwyn’s Lumber, and Browns Chevrolet. Did you notice how many of these business carried family names?

Bloxton’s Pharmacy was sold to another Powhatan Family, Jim and Carol Gregg, and morphed into Powhatan Pharmacy and Powhatan Plaza Pharmacy.  Yates Oil was sold to the Adams family-another Powhatan long-time name, but one by one, most have simply disappeared.

Have you ever stopped to count how many family-owned businesses are left?  Goodwyn’s Lumber was started in 1932 and is now managed by the third generation of Goodwyns.  Frisby’s Convenience Store was started by the Moore family in 1978 and about five years later their daughter opened the side-door restaurant. This is a favorite hangout of the locals. The chicken & dumplings and fried chicken can not be beat by Wendys or McDonalds. Hertzler Farm and Feed had it’s humble beginnings in an old dairy barn in 1983 and has grown into a full-fledged retail store.  Henry’s Market was started by Henry Ford Harris in the mid 80’s along with Powhatan Station Shopping Center which is filled with local-owned businesses: Sign Design, Country Food and Furniture and Flat Rock Glass.   The County Seat Restaurant, featuring southern style home cooking and hospitality, is run by 4 generations of family members and Dr. Spaur is still a small one-man dentistry in the village of Powhatan.  There are numerous other local-owned businesses but the well-known older businesses are quietly slipping away, replaced by box stores and national name brands.

Time moves on and change comes to every community but is sad to see the big, mega and national names replacing hometown.  Please remember to shop and support the local businesses and let them know you appreciate their contribution to the community.

Note: There are numerous other family-owned businesses that are making a significant impact on Powhatan community.  I can not list them all but if you send me names I will add them to this list.

  • Byerly’s Auto Mart (Went out of business in 2018)
  • Higley’s Chiropractic
  • Napa (owned by Rick Barden)

June on the Farm

I love June and especially this year. It has been absolutely gorgeous and the weather has been so refreshing and …well perfect.

I thought I would share some pictures I have taken around the farm this month. Some people call it the “dog-days of summer”.  I call it the “flower days”.  Come July-I may change my mind!!!  Enjoy!

Welcome to Hertzlers!

Bumblebees and honeybees love this tree.

Farm work…planting corn, making hay.

And well….maybe there is a dog!

Wildflowers abound…love thistle flowers-but not the thistle!

Hertzlers at the Powhatan Farmers Market.

My garden is doing so well this year.

Onions going to seed…as pretty as any flower.

Better Boy tomatoes.

Blue Lake Bush Beans (on left) and Fordhook Limas (on right)

Incredible sweet corn will soon be ready.

Corn Beans and Blue Lake Pole.

Asparagus is over and going to seed.

Farm critters!

Mama Cow and calf.

A mama and her twins.

Some of the beef herd.

The big bull-a contented sire!

Ducks

A tree full of nasty buzzards-there were several dozen!

Baby chicks hatching in the incubator.  I crossed Salmon Faverolles with a Delaware Rooster. Can’t wait to see what they are like. I love the Salmon Faverolles except that they lay a small egg. I want a big egg!! I am trying to see if I can keep their stunning appearance (muffs, feathers on feet and buff coloring) and improve the egg size.

These are the parents.

The horses at the stable.

June flowers.

Daylillies

Roses…. a blaze of glory and a touch of heaven.

Daisys

A summer faithful-Geraniums. They love the heat and dry weather.

I forget what these are called. (Someone can help me)

 Elegant, graceful Hostas.

Rose of Sharon Shrub. We used to make dolls out of these flowers.

And my absolute-top of the list-favorite….the stunning Evening Primrose.

Each evening at 8:30-8:45 they open before your amazed eyes. Yes, you can actually watch them unfold. The hummingbird moths love them. I have two kinds that come. One has a short beak and looks like a moth. The other looks like a moth but has a long dangling beak. He helicopters over the bud and inserts his beak deep into the flower. Never misses.

The moths with the short beak nuzzle their noses deep into the flower.

Supper

Barbecue chicken on the grill.

And recreation..Gene pitches for the church softball team.

Stunning sky and clouds.

Oh, Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c]

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalms 8 (NIV)

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