|Ridgeway's main street|
We headed there for lunch at Laura's Tea Room and the Thomas Store Deli and were soon charmed by the tiny town.
The one-block downtown, three-block residential town sits smack in the middle of what once was the Catawba people's hunting grounds. Much of the surrounding land is still used for hunting only now it is in the hands of private hunting clubs. The population of the whole county is a mere 26,500.
|Small town, small police station.|
|Miss Laura's is in the Thomas Building.|
|Samples of Grama's expertise.|
|The library ladder of the old mercantile store is still used.|
|A little "Downton Abbey" tea?|
Upstairs is the dedicated tea room which, if you didn't wear your own chapeau, comes with a large selection of loaners.
|The Good girls in their "loaners".|
|Mrs. O'Brien's Quiche|
We took a quick, post-lunch ramble down Palmer Street, ducking into the cute accessories shop next door. Alas, not time for retail therapy.
We could have spent even more time at the antiques shop across the street and especially Ruff & Company Hardware.
|The old wooden hardware store is adjacent to its new - 1901 - replacement.|
|Judy covets this cabinet.|
|Dan Ruff and his mule shoe filing system.|