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Time Stands Still on Dancyville Rd

I used to go to the Birchmere quite often.  It's a "music club" on Mount Vernon Street in Arlington, Virginia.  It's a place where "music lover's" can go to relax and enjoy various performing acts.  Two things I enjoy very much about The Birchmere are the fact that it is a very "intimate" setting... it only seats about 400 people.  And when the acts perform, it is more than customary that it be so quiet you could hear the proverbial pin drop while the musicians are performing. 

Years ago, probably in the early 90's, I made it a point to go there when the Smith Sisters performed.  I think they actually WERE sisters, and their voices were absolutely angelic.  One of the songs they sang was titled "Dancyville Road."

The lyrics began... "Somewhere between Jackson and Memphis, there's a sign, stuck between the fences... Dancyville Road... Dancyville Road.  Time Stands Still on Dancyville Road."

I've made the drive between Northern Virginia and Fort Worth, Texas many times over the years.  After hearing the Smith Sisters sing "Dancyville Road"..., the next time I made the drive, just as the song recites, I saw the now-famous, at least to me, sign on the side of I-40.  It was right where it was supposed to be... "stuck between the fences."  Over the years, over many, many trips, I occasionally saw the sign, and thought about stopping.  But no, I was "always in a hurry to get somewhere else."  Silly me.

Recently, on the way home from the By Referral Only Main Event seminar in Reston, VA in mid-August, as I passed Jackson heading to Memphis, I promised myself I would finally stop and explore.  What I found was delightful.  Simple and Peaceful Americana.

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Dancyville Rd is a quiet two-lane road that leads south off I-40.  As I drove south, my mind and my memories drew me into the past... to the back roads of my childhood growing up in the heavily-treed country-side of Northern Ohio. 

Gradually Dancyville Rd brought me to a stop.  There is was... Beautiful Downtown Dancyville.  A small church on one corner, and across the street a small store with a single gas pump outside.  Leaning up against the gas pump was an older gentleman, and sitting on the front porch in her rocking chair was an older woman, perhaps his wife.  She was slowly rocking... to and fro... smiling as the two of them talked, perhaps sharing their own memories of growing up in this idyllic setting.

I rolled down my windows, rolled back the sunroof, and parked my Honda CR-V.   As I sat there... taking in the quiet country afternoon... I knew it was a special place.  The Smith Sisters were right... Time Stands Still on Dancyville Road.

Comment balloon 9 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 06 2007 11:34PM


Dancyville Road sounds asa heavenly as the voices of the Smith Sisters!  Great story...  THANKS for sharing with us Karen Anne!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 13 years ago
Karen, great story, nice to have fond memories of areas. That is a long drive from Virginia to Texas! I drive from Virginia to Louisiana 1 or 2 times a year....
Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Solutions) over 13 years ago
Gosh that sounds delightful.  My life is so busy and there is so much "busy"ness around me...freeways galore, constant phone calls. 
Posted by Don Diltz, DRE:01204965 (Coldwell Banker) over 13 years ago

Susie:  Yes, it was heavenly in its simplicity.  And, have you REALLY heard of the Smith Sisters ??  Their singing is so very pretty.  Angelic is the most correct word to describe their sound.

Charles:  Thanks for commenting.  Yes, fond memories of very peaceful scenery.

Don:  Thanks for the comment.  Yes, it was pretty.  Quiet, peaceful, and remindful of time gone by.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago
I think that's so cool that you took the time to stop in Dancyville on your recent trip. That is what life is all about. When I moved back to Oregon from North Carolina, we drove across the country in 3 days. We drove through southern Illinois and there was a town that I really wanted to stop in and take a look at that was only 20 miles off of the freeway. Even though I was not in real estate at that time, I had wanted to look at that town because of the real estate that I had seen there in a national magazine. My (now ex) husband made the executive decision that we would not stop, we had to hurry across the country (only staying in a motel 1 night the whole way!) I will always wish that I could have just stopped and smelled the roses in southern Illinois! I'm glad that you took the time to do that in Dancyville :)
Posted by . . (no thanks) over 13 years ago

Bridget:  Thanks for your story.  Yes, over the years... I had driven past Dancyville Rd many times, always thinking... "Gee, I need to stop there next time."  But, until three weeks ago, that "next time" never came.

You know, you just might want to expand on your story, add some more thoughts to how you found meaning and motivation from how your ex and his "executive decision" later affected you.  See... there are some times you can go back.    Take care...   Karen Anne  

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago

Karen Anne - That sounds like a great place to visit.  I love the charm of an old town.  It has that nostalgic feel even though you've never been there, and for me, I've never lived in a small town, so my only connection is what I've seen in movies and on TV and read in books.  If I'm ever in that area, I'll detour off of the road to check it out.

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 13 years ago
Adam:  It is part of my personality to simply pick a road I have not driven, and just take some time to see where it goes.  It must be left over from my former Girl Scout days.  Thanks for commenting.     Karen Anne
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago

Just dropping by to let you know that I am thinking about you and sending you some love!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago