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Posted: March 26, 2013 1:10 p.m.

A stroll back in time

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Joan Rarraiton and Ann Rhodes of Church Street Antique Market

I really enjoy looking back at yesteryear. This is the reason you will find me poking around at various antique stores on the weekends. 

 Today I visit Church Street Antique Market located at 1115 Elm St SE Covington, GA. That's where I met Joan and Ann "the ladies of the market" that's what their customers and vendors refer to them as. 

 This place is a treasure trove of rare almost forgotten items from our past. Housed in a building built in 1886, when Covington was the hub of the cotton-growing economy in this part of Georgia. At one time, the building was a bowling alley if you look close enough there are still remnants of the narrow-planked wood floors where the pins were set. More recently, it was the long-time home of the Covington Furniture Co., 

 Today the building is filled with keepsakes which includes a museum. Yes a museum! Nestled in the back of the market you can get a rare glimpse of items used in "The Dukes of Hazard" and "In the Heat of the Night" both major television series that used Newton County as their backdrop. 

 I never grow tired of looking through items from a time long ago from old metal lunch boxes of the 70's to a great grandmother's pie safe built in the 1950's. If you're looking to spend a little time in town this week come out to Church Street Antique Market say hello to Joan and Ann and take a stroll back in time.

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