Old Dora Library Today
by Rick Watson
Someone asked me the other day about the
old Dora Library and if I had seen it in my trips down memory lane. I
had to admit that I had completely forgotten about the library. So on
my Saturday excursion, Buddy the Wonder Dog and I went down and weaved
our way through the maze of underbrush and to my amazement, the library
is still standing. Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, the roof and
floor and some of the back wall is gone, but much of the structure is
intact. The old rock fireplace looked as if it was ready to be fired up.
I began to wonder, just who owns that old building? I called George Sides,
the Mayor of Dora and he was not sure.
|I called the
Walker County Courthouse and they said I'd have to come out there and show
them where the place was located. So one of my next excursions will be there.
I might have to carry Buddy inside my backpack because they probably take
a dim view of canines in the courthouse.
You all might think I'm crazy, but I was wondering if we could save the
old Library? What would it take? What if the old building is available and
could be purchased for a song? Do we know anyone with the skills that help
revive that old building? What could we do with it once it was restored?
It's too small and isolated to be of much use as a library, but it struck
me as Buddy and I were sitting on the hearth that it was really peaceful
|Maybe it could
be turned into a meditation room or a reading room. Maybe we could turn
it into the World's smallest museum. In the
winter we could build a fire on cold days and listen to the crackle of burning
I then got to thinking about the rest of Old Dora. I know that it is isolated
and could probably never thrive like it once did, but maybe people could
buy up what's left and rebuild what has since fallen in and turn it into
an area where artists paint and musicians practice....a place that comes
alive once a month with a Trade Day that has main street filled with multi-colored
tents, with street vendors selling arts, crafts, antiques and flea market
stuff......with music that fills the air and street performers, kids with
balloons, and face painters, and people who do card tricks. And the people
who have long since moved away, will plan their vacations around one of
the Trade Days and come home to see us all.
|The little walk through
tunnel would be spick and span and we could all walk through it and scream
our heads off just to here the echo. Who was it that once said "if
you're going to dream, dream big"?