Even with all the development of recent years in Crabapple, there are, thank goodness, some structures of historical significance that remain. Downtown Crabapple remains. The old white house next to the gas station remains and has been re-purposed. This was formerly the home of Euell Everett Broadwell? Or was it someone in the Cantrell Reece family? I need someone to tell me.
Anyway, right about where Sip, etc. currently is, across the street from Olde Blind Dog, was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, who once told me some history of the two-story, brick building that sits at the point of the "V" at Broadwell and Mid-Broadwell.
I will forever call this old brick beauty "where Murf's Apple Cart once was" because when I moved here in 1997 that store took up the ground floor. I miss Murf's. There have been a lot of retail businesses on the ground floor of this building, going all the way back into its history. But, I'll bet you didn't know that the upstairs used to be a dance hall. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman told me that the upstairs was once the place to go to square dance. I also heard that long, long ago Miss Jennie Rucker was thrown out of the local church for square dancing so I'm not quite sure how the community looked upon this square dancing business.
Another notable thing about the 2 story brick building in Crabapple is that it housed Crabapple's first telephone - a crank telephone. And the brackets for part of this contraption are still visible on the outside of the building today. The community could use this phone if needed.
Hope those brackets stay there forever.