Listen...This Town's Heart Still Beats

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
All over America there are vestiges of factories that were the lifeblood of communities of all sizes. One of the most striking to me was the factory in Tallassee, Alabama. I believe it was textiles of some sort. The buildings take up the better part of the town situated by the river.
It is so easy to feel and hear the thrum that must have happened not only daily but around the clock when this factory was producing at its highest rate. Since it had been around since the early 1900s, generations must have worked there. More than likely whatever the product was, some bureaucrat somewhere decided the bottom line would be enhanced if these jobs were shipped overseas someplace. The devastation this little town must have felt as the breath was sucked out of the buildings is unimagineable and the level of despair was shared by all as the doors were locked for the last time. Shared by all except the person making the decision to move the jobs elsewhere.
Tallassee Heartbeat copyright 2013 Mona Gersky
It's a testament to this little town of Tallassee, Alabama however that they must have picked themselves up and determined another path to follow. Sadly, I'm sure much of the population moved away to find work but those who remained turned the town into another direction. With the exception of the derelict buildings, Tallassee, AL is one of the prettiest little riverside southern towns I've ever seen and I look forward to returning next year to explore it further.
Posted by

 Working With Real Estate Agents Disclosure | www.MoonDancerRealty.comQ and A Home Inspections



Subscribe via email



MoonDancer Realty |     

MoonDancer Realty Team Photo Collage copyright 2012 Mona Gersky



Unless noted otherwise, all photographs & content are my own and will only be shared with the courtesy of a written request for permission. 




Tree Dude Border 1 copyright 2012 Mona Gersky

Tree Dude Border 2 copyright 2012 Mona Gersky


Comments (7)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Mona, sad these little towns had to endure the loss!  Enjoy your day!

Jun 12, 2013 09:58 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mona..... we have many small mill towns in my area....Franklin MA was a mill town and now only one mill continues to operate.... the others have been converted to business and/or residential condos that sell for several hundred thousand each.... total revitalization of our community.

Jun 12, 2013 10:15 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sad to see buildings like that vacant.....too bad it wasn't turned into something useful again.

Jun 12, 2013 10:34 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mona,

I think these buildings can be saved and then re purposed.

Then the city would not have to have the building torn down when it could be saved.

Have a great day in Dillsboro.

Best, Clint McKie

Jun 12, 2013 11:13 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Mona, These wonderful old buildings stand a monument to the lives dedicated to the community. From the sweat and toil, wages were earned and provided employment for other aspects of the community. Sad to see these monuments of this amazing past left to rot away. I hope the visionaries in the community will do the right thing and preserve it.
Jun 13, 2013 12:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is always fascinating when we come upon little towns which have fallen into abandonment and disrepair.  Yet, with little imagination you can conjure images of how they must have been in days past.

Jun 13, 2013 01:48 PM
Allen Lomax
Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in th... - Sylva, NC
WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists

Looks like some very interesting old buildings.  They should make some excellent artist studios or they could probably even be made over into condos.  I'd hate to see them destroyed.  It is almost always more environmentally friendly to renovate rather than build new from scratch. 

Jun 13, 2013 11:42 PM