The beauty in the remaining New Era houses lies in their abandonment and their quiet surrender to the elements. I can only imagine the hard-working souls who once labored here.
I’m so grateful to Beverly Burk for identifying this store. She writes that it was owned and operated by Bryant Bradley until 1926 and by his son Berry A. Bradley until 1946.
This is the view that will always come to my mind when I think of New Era. New Era Road, looking west, reveals the hip-roof tenant houses that most characterize the agricultural history of the place. I presume there were more here at one time, but they’ve been lost to time. These will probably be gone before long.
The houses were very basic. One of the surviving pair has a pyramidal roof and the other a hip roof.
Chinaberry seedlings stand guard, likely descendants of a larger tree that once provided valuable shade.
Kyle Crew wrote that this store was owned by his great-great grandparents. James Poole replied: ..I knew them (The Bradleys) well. There were two stores within 1000 yards of each other. Summers & McGlamery stores, then Mr Bernard Bradley moved his store (this picture) to be in same area. All thrived and were good friends for many years. My grandfather (Summers) owned one an it was run by Brooks Hardin and Alva Grant. It’s now been moved and located behind the family dwelling in New Era. Our family farm is still going at New Era…
The (barely-discernible) sign above the RC sign reads: Bartow Cafe. I don’t know the connection.