It was Labor Day weekend, 2011, 90 degrees and heading for 100. Steamy and sticky, we were sent back to the 1920s, on the front porch of the house on Jefferson Street. Old friends gathered to fill the idle time.The spirit of the rustic souls who lived here before came alive in us. So we spun the stories and jokes and memories. Somehow, those moments set our hearts at ease, and we were at home and a part of this lovely place of childhood and past lives — an opening of a door to another time.A stranger walked by and heard us laughing and looked at us and smiled. She could see we were happy to be where we wanted to be. Where we should be. Where we have to be. And like the spirits from before, where we will always be.

— Robbie Bowden, Brown County

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