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Roadside Paradise (review)

Roadside Paradise (review) Indeed, a melancholy paragraph near the end of the preface warns that the "landmarks that have been destroyed or otherwise have suffered loss of historic or architectural integrity, and thus have been officially removed from the Virginia Landmarks Register, are illustrated and briefly described in Appendix I." There are thirty-two such landmarks; many have burned, but progress has also been at work. The Morrison House in Harrisonburg, constructed 1820­1824, "stood in an excellent state of preservation until 1982 when the Wetsel Seed Company demolished the house for a parking lot." The sentence almost trembles with the desire to preserve the name of the Wetsel Seed Company. We can't save everything, lest we end up in some firetrap, sidling down corridors between floor-to-ceiling stacks of old newspapers. Things fall away, and others take their place, or fail to. The "touch of time," Wordsworth said, is "unimaginable." This compendium and the work it represents are cause for joy, regret, and gratitude. ........................................................................................................................ Roadside Paradise By Ken Breslauer RetroFlorida, Incorporated, 2000 96 pp. Paper $21.95 Reviewed by Robert E. Snyder, professor of American studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he teaches courses on popular culture. He is author http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Roadside Paradise (review)

Southern Cultures , Volume 7 (2) – Jan 5, 2001

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Copyright © 2001 Center for the Study of the American South.
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Abstract

Indeed, a melancholy paragraph near the end of the preface warns that the "landmarks that have been destroyed or otherwise have suffered loss of historic or architectural integrity, and thus have been officially removed from the Virginia Landmarks Register, are illustrated and briefly described in Appendix I." There are thirty-two such landmarks; many have burned, but progress has also been at work. The Morrison House in Harrisonburg, constructed 1820­1824, "stood in an excellent state of preservation until 1982 when the Wetsel Seed Company demolished the house for a parking lot." The sentence almost trembles with the desire to preserve the name of the Wetsel Seed Company. We can't save everything, lest we end up in some firetrap, sidling down corridors between floor-to-ceiling stacks of old newspapers. Things fall away, and others take their place, or fail to. The "touch of time," Wordsworth said, is "unimaginable." This compendium and the work it represents are cause for joy, regret, and gratitude. ........................................................................................................................ Roadside Paradise By Ken Breslauer RetroFlorida, Incorporated, 2000 96 pp. Paper $21.95 Reviewed by Robert E. Snyder, professor of American studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he teaches courses on popular culture. He is author

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 5, 2001

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