I don’t know very much about Shelbyville except that it’s near Kentucky’s capital, Frankfort, and is home to one of our employer’s central offices.
We spent a couple of hours walking around and checking out the historic downtown. We always check out a city’s downtown to gauge how well local businesses are doing and to admire the architecture.
There were a few locally-owned business, including a coffee shop, gift shop, fabric and needlepoint stores, clothing store and, I think, a furniture store.
Here is some of what we saw:
|Shelbyville looks very busy for a Thursday afternoon, a couple days before Christmas.|
|This 1902 building is in great shape. Shelbyville appears to take very good care of its buildings. In fact, there were a couple buildings surrounded by scaffolding, so I assume those were getting a face lift too.|
|I’m trying to capture the whole feel of this building — from the stained glass windows to the columns and entryway. I don’t think this picture does this building justice.|
|I really liked this cute building. It sticks out among the brick buildings, but it has character and I’d love to live/work here.|
|Another shot of the house/office.|
|The building to the right is the visitor center and museum. The shopping directory is located in the front yard.|
|I’d love to know more about this historic building. It appears that not only was it a school, but at one time was or is an inn.|
|Here’s a shot of the inn’s sign. I love how the tree and vines frame the walkway.|
|This is some sort of jail. I wonder if it’s still used. I doubt it, but there was a cop car parked along the road beside it.|
|Even if it’s no longer used as a jail, it may still be used as an office, as indicated by this sign.|
|This is Shelbyville Fountain. You can read info about it in the photo above.|
The shopping signs outside the visitor’s center and museum was very helpful. Shops are listed by category and a map shows you want street and building to find them. I think every shopping district should have one.
I’ll write about Making Ends Meet, a shop I visited while we were in Shelbyville, in a few days.