Thanks to Craig Skinner for showing me this property, between Mansfield and Newborn.
What was once the main house of a large working farm was later used as a tenant residence.
I believe it was occupied until the 1980s.
It’s not very often that I find a place like this. Blackwell Grocery, though, is the real deal. It’s a grocery store located in a hundred-year-old building in a small downtown, and it’s without pretense. Today, most places like this are made to look old and sell specialty items that are more geared to tourists than normal folk. Not so Blackwell Grocery. For over thirty years they’ve been a staple in Mansfield but they plan on building in a new location soon.
I don’t know when I’ve seen hand-written signs in a grocery store. And there were just four aisles, if I recall correctly.
They don’t have as much as the big box stores, but they probably have anything you might need.
I’m not sure what this structure originally served as, but it’s now occupied by Air Power, Inc., a leading distributor of specialized industrial equipment. The building has been nicely restored.
Ava Campbell writes: [It was the] Pacific Uniform plant in the 50’s and 60’s if I’m remembering correctly. It employed many women from the area inc. Newborn, Shady Dale and Covington.