Many small Southern town heydays were during the textile and manufacturing years of the past. When those days ended, their downtown core became vacant of small business and life. Leaving in the wake, the forgotten classic architecture and faded colors of the South.

Even in their waning state, they are often lovely places, ones that attract the curiosity and sometimes even movie sets. They surprise you with the depth of their beauty, making you want to take them in your arms and make things right.

Walking on Main Street in Chester SC, the sun hit a window in front of me just right reflecting the buildings across the street. The reflection showed that beauty of the past, but when I turned, only the empty store fronts greeted me. I turned again, looking at the reflection and hoped the glory I saw would return one day…