Franklin Street

Just back from last night’s opening of the “History of Franklin Street” at the Chapel Hill Museum. It’s well-worth stopping by the Museum, itself on Franklin Street in the old (but not oldest) Chapel Hill Library. The show contrasts the current shops on Franklin with pictures of the street in the 1940s and visits each of the older shops as you stroll through the exhibit.

One pleasure in attending the opening was that many of the folks there had been in the shops in the 50s if not the 40s. The side stories, the old rumours whispered as if they were still fresh, the sudden look on peoples’ faces as they remembered businesses long gone made the exhibit all the more live.