Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Organ - Brownwood, The Villages
As most of you know, The Villages has grown into a huge metropolitan area over the past 30 years or so. There are now about 80,000 residents and at least that many golf cars, who live and park in a wide variety of housing. Some Villagers live in small villas, or town homes. Some live in large, elegant villas or town homes, Some live in more modest single-family dwellings. And then there are those who live in large, very expensive single-family dwellings.
The first part of The Villages, called Spanish Springs, has its own downtown, shops, and restaurants. The second phase, known as Lake Sumter Landing, also has its own downtown, which is located on a small lake, Lake Sumter. You will find many nice shops and restaurants in Lake Sumter Landing. The latest phase, still under construction, is known as Brownwood. Brownwood's downtown is built around an old country theme.
Each of these downtowns has a town square where live music, dancing and drinking are available every evening of the year (weather permitting).
Brownwood is just now coming into its own. More and more shops and restaurants have opened up and more and more people are visiting the Brownwood downtown.
The Brownwood sales office is a beautiful 1800s building with an elegant and delightful interior carefully calculated to make you drool and immediately ask if you can buy a house in The Villages. This sales office carries out the country theme. It offers potential buyers various drinks, and plush couches, chair and settees upon which to relax. There is also a gift shop in the sales office where you may buy shirts and glassware and other gifts with the Brownwood logo on them.
In the hall leading to the gift shop you will find this gorgeous old organ. It's a magnificent instrument. I wanted to try it out but didn't dare. I was fearful some old coot may have come around the corner with a revolver in hand!
The second photo is an attempt to show what it would have looked like with an old-timey camera.