This is a recent shot of an old store down Onemo. To fully appreciate this
Next, you can study the eerie light shooting down the right side of the porch which of course can be attributed to a phantom. Yes, that's it--a ghost. Even though some might say Chesapeake Bay Woman's amateur photography skills are to blame, I'm going to stick with calling it a phantom because
Like most of the old country stores, which often housed a post office and the owner's family as well, this store is located at an intersection. I sure hope that intersection was busier back in the day because currently it's possible to stop the car in the middle of the road, roll down your window and take pictures at your leisure. It's so quiet you can practically hear
This excerpt from the book Images of America: Gloucester County, by Sara E. Lewis references neighboring Gloucester but easily applies to Mathews:
"...Water landings and crossroads became natural locations for the scattered residents of Gloucester to gather...The different sections of the county were customarily indicated, not by signposts, but by crossroads that had a general store or gristmill on a corner. By such landmarks one knows when he is passing from one neighborhood to another."
"...Motorized travel over land became more common, and services formerly provided at landings increased in importance at inland crossroads. As travel sped up, the need for as many stores and post offices decreased and many were abandoned."
Many of the old stores are disappearing into their surroundings. Some are being swallowed up by nature, others are falling in on themselves due to neglect. If you look hard enough, though, you can see something there. A glimmer of a life past. A phantom.
Do you have any memories of a country store? Have you seen these killer spider webs that are as thick as hammocks? Any thoughts on Phantom of the Camera, the phenomenon captured above? Have a great Friday, I'll stop