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A visit to the tiny town of Viola, Tenn.

In April, in the early days of social distancing, Sweetums and I took a drive to the Victorian village of Rugby, Tenn., and we drove through the tiny town of Viola, Tenn. I know very little about it but wanted to share the photos because the town hall was so picturesque.

Here’s what I learned online:

  • Population is about 133.
  • Initially called Blue Springs until first post office was built in 1858 and the town was named Viola.
  • The name reportedly comes from the character in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
  • A brand of flour called Viola’s Best was made at the local Viola Mill until it closed in 1973.

We only took a few photos because it was a tiny town and we were on our way to Rugby. Here they are:

Viola Town Hall. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Viola Post Office. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
A pizzeria in downtown Viola. (Photo by Wil Elrick)
Downtown Viola, town hall and gazebo. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
Abandoned gas station in Viola. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
A photo I found on Wikimedia Commons by formulaone.

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