My family Weldon Garrison and our children Glenn Jr., Gray, and Nancy moved to Yadkinville in 1968. We were very happy to be locating here because we had built our dream house and the town offered most goods and services that the family needed and wanted.
The Town had furniture stores, appliance stores, lumber companies, department stores, five and dime stores, grocery stores, dry cleaners and laundry, attorneys offices, doctors offices, dentist offices, restaurants, insurance companies, hardware stores, cloth shops, men's and women's clothing, children's clothing, service stations, automobile dealerships, drug stores, barber shops, beauty shops, carpet and tile stores, florists, funeral homes, schools, churches and one bank, the Bank of Yadkin, under the direction of Mr. E. H. Barnard, and a wonderful hospital under the leadership of Dr. CB Hughes.
We could find about anything we wanted on weekdays before 6 p.m., but not on Sundays. Life was good in Yadkinville.
Slowly things began to change proprietors passed away or retired, a trip to Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro or Statesville became much easier as better roads were built and more cars put into service. Farming remained a stable way of life, but many small farms were sold or leased to larger farmers. Yadkinville as well as the other towns in the county and big towns outside the county began to loose downtown business.
Now with gas prices escalating, it is time for residents to start looking back to the local area to receive the goods and services required for a quality standard of living.
Yadkinville is sitting in a fantastic place by the simple fact of its geography. We have the Yadkin River on two sides. We have Hwy 67, Hwy 421, and Interstate 77 running through the heart of our county. The many vineyards and wineries in the area are going to attract more visitors. There is money here. In Yadkinville alone, there are now seven banks or branches of banks in a town with a population of slightly more than 3,500 people.
It's time for our town and county governments to quit playing power games and start working together for the benefit of all the people. After all, that is their purpose for existing.
Downtown Yadkinville is at the doorstep of becoming a booming town for the arts and cultural development. Every town needs its niche, we have found ours. Let's get to work and support the fantastic arts center and theater proposed for downtown. The outdoor terrace with stage and fountains in memory of Doris Anderson will be absolutely beautiful. Eugene and Pam Renegar are building a winery downtown. They are to be congratulated for the efforts they are making to create this beautiful structure and their contribution to the redevelopment of downtown.
We need more shops here so that we and our visitors can purchase needed supplies. We as residents need to support our local merchants and you may be a resident who needs to create your own niche by starting a business downtown or putting a smile on the face of the business you now have.
Many of us were born here and many more have relocated here. Yadkin County is a great place to raise a family. Most of us call Yadkin County home because we choose to live here not because we have to. Let's all join together educators, physicians, politicians to make our home the best it can be.
By: Floy Nell Garrison
Special to the Ripple