I have been here since 1938. The old town square was mostly residents some had business' on the lower level. The owners rented rooms and some rented the entire building. If they still existed it would take more to bring them up to the building code than a new one cost.
There has been three major fires on the square, including two courthouses burned. Yes we could bring the old ice plant back where you could get ice for your ice box and sometimes a pint of shine
The Brannon/Heard house is an example of what was around the square. The voters made the choice. Rupert Sexton