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High Five For Memories!

Happy Friday! Today’s post is a little different than the usual weekly overview. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to travel with my dad back to the city where I grew up. Although I like to claim the South as home, I lived in rural Indiana until the middle of my junior year of high school. None of my family lives in Indiana, so I hadn’t been back since the day we moved away in 2000. Here’s a peek at the highlights of my trip down memory lane!

welcome to indiana

Most of these pictures were taken from the car, with my phone. Bear with the blurriness!

The drive from the interstate into my old hometown of Connersville is filled with these sights – old farmhouses, barns, silos, soybeans and corn!

soybean field farmland

The hills fade away, giving travelers views like this. Fences, fields, and more corn!

indiana roads

One of our first stops was Brian’s Bookstore & Coffee Bar – where I held my very first job. As far as I could tell, it’s still the only place in town where you can get a latte. Brian remembered me from 15 years ago! It was great to catch up with him. If you’re ever in Connersville, stop in and tell them I sent you!

Brians Coffee Bar

I always liked the covered bridge at Roberts Park. You can almost imagine a horse and buggy clopping through the bridge, all those years ago!

Covered Bridge Roberts Park

Kunkels Drive-In Restaurant – the site of our very first family Pajama Run!

Kunkels Drive In

This school is across the street from the first house we lived in, down the road in Cambridge City. It stood empty for many years, but has been renovated for business use.

Central School Cambridge City Indiana

More food related memories! This place has the BEST chocolate covered cherry flurries! I ate my first one as a little girl and have never found anyone who makes it like they do at Hilltop. As a little girl, my favorite hymn was “Mansion Over the Hilltop.” Not making that up!

Hilltop Drive In Cambridge City

This place has not changed one bit.

Menu Hilltop Drive In

The happiest moment of the day…eating my long-loved flurry! 🙂

Chocolate Covered Cherry Heaven

More corn!

Theres more than corn in Indiana

There are no pictures of the house that we lived in. The economy has not been good to my old hometown, and our house had suffered serious neglect. Being the homebody that I am, it was very sad to see the place that held such sweet memories fall to such disrepair. My mom wrote a really sweet post about the memories we have from our years there. Those memories will last long after the house has fallen down!

Thanks for coming on this trip down memory lane with me!

Have a lovely weekend!

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21 thoughts on “High Five For Memories!

  1. This was so much fun to read, Whitney! I think I must not have discovered your blog yet back in 2014, or I missed this somehow. I was glad you had the link in today’s post! Those flurries sound amazing. I got a chuckle out of “Mansion Over the Hilltop” and the reason it was your favorite as a child!


  2. Whitney, you did a great job with the photos and memories. Just those memories are enough to realize you had a great time growing up


  3. We lived in Louisville Ky for several years when my children were young. We loved going across the river to Indiana. One of our favorite places was Starlight Orchards and who can forget our day at Santa Claus Land. So glad you had a chance to walk down memory lane.


  4. I really enjoyed seeing the cornfields, barns and tiny town charm. I definitely was smiling at my computer seeing your tour of Indiana. Another things these Whitney’s have in common 🙂


  5. Would love to have seen since you were so close. Hope you got to make some additional memories while you were here. Those years you all were here had some sweet memories in spite of some of the trials. Love you.


    1. It would have been great to see you and others of our friends, but it was a super fast trip! Dad and I only spent 2 hours doing the connersville-Cambridge city tour, then after the funeral (the reason for the trip), we grabbed dinner at Hilltop and then headed for Tennessee. We did have some great times, didn’t we? Love to you!


  6. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures and memories! It looks like a great home town.. I Love visiting these small towns!


  7. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your trip down memory lane in Indiana. It brought back special memories for me as well!


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