Thursday, July 29, 2010

Persimmon Hollow

I recently found out about a hidden gem right here in Tulsa (well, technically it's in Broken Arrow but it's pretty much all the same). I would have never known this place existed if it weren't for an article I read in a local newspaper, and I knew I had to check it out. Here is an excerpt from the article to give a bit of background on this charming place.

“Persimmon Hollow started out in the mid-1960s as Persimmon Hollow Antique Village,” said Darnell, who purchased the three-acre property and has made significant progress redeveloping and revitalizing the area over the past four years.

“It was originally going to be a museum,” he said.

Now, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., visitors can experience nostalgia, artistry in its several buildings and purchase concessions from vendors along a Main Street set in an old western-type of environment.

“It’s like walking back in time along the Main Street of an old western village,” Darnell said.
-Broken Arrow Ledger, July 2010

Last weekend, I headed over to see for myself what this little village was all about. I was surprised to discover that the location was actually right in the middle of a very busy part of town (for the locals, you know how crazy the 71st and Garnett area can be). At first, I thought I had mistaken the address, because I didn't think there was any way that such a park-like setting could be hidden among strip malls and gigantic movie theaters. But as I turned down a quiet street, I discovered that the little jewel I was looking for was indeed waiting for me, tucked behind a housing addition. Here are some photos from my outing.

That last photo is of The Peach House, known for their amazing peach tea. If you look closely, you can see a jug of it for sampling on the front porch. I can personally attest to how wonderful their tea tastes when it hits your throat on a hot day.

You may be wondering if I bought anything while I was there. Of course I did! It's almost impossible for a lover of all things vintage to enter a place like this and NOT buy something. I came home with a set of two daisy glasses to remember this pleasant summer day by. I immediately washed them and filled them with ice water for me, and iced tea for the hubby (he's a Southern boy who likes his tea extra sweet).

I'm so glad I photographed these together, because that Southern boy of mine proceeded to break one of them later that night. I couldn't be mad at him though, because he was actually in the process of refilling my glass for me when he broke it. He's just as sweet as the tea he drinks.

If you live in the Tulsa area and would like to visit Persimmon Hollow, the address is 6927 S 115th East Ave (the turn-in is just East of Garnett on 71st street, right next to the Salvation Army Thrift Store). You may even spot a certain little blogger named Holly while you're there, because I get the feeling this is a place I'll be returning to in the very near future.


Pili said...

That's such a lovely place to take a stroll around!
And peach iced tea sounds awesome!

Megan said...

That place is pretty neat. I had never heard of it either until my mother in law told me about it awhile back. Now they have a little store there :) hehe. So next time you go you should definitely visit the "general store" and see them! It's in the very back far left corner :)

Diana said...

Oh wow. What a little gem of a place! I love that sign on one of the stores that says "we buy junk and sell antiques".

Also, your little creations are very cute! I'd love for you to post some on my new website for vintage & handmade: - no fees or commissions!

Holly Hall said...

How did I not know about this place? How great!

Christie Cottage said...

I'll have to remember it whenever I go to Tulsa again. Thanks!


icandy... said...

i wonder how much real estate there is...i want to move in!!! LOL ;)
what a cute place, indeed!
you are the sweetest eva! thank you for being such an inspiration!
love you lots and big hugs!
it's almost FRIDAY! yay!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Holly, that little place looks like the Coolest Hollow Ever!! I would *so* have a little shop there, wow, fun! :)

sorry to hear about the broken glass though... now you'll just have to keep your eye out for others.

jamie-lee said...

Wow it looks so cool, I love the idea of old villages, they have such a great energy x

babalisme said...

WOW! Those pictures looks as if it were taken in a movie set. I wouldn't believe if it wasn't propped! Was it?

alexkeller said...

it looks absolutely wonderful! next time, i'll drop the little guy at a babysitters (need one!) and i'll go with you :)

devonrose said...

WoW! What an awesome little place! I'd love to shoot Devon there:)

Ink Obsession Designs said...

How fun! That is EXACTLY the type of place I would totally love! :)

Margaret said...

Wow! I wouldn't have thought anything like this would be in this location either. I will defiantly have to put it on our agenda for the near future.

apparentlyjessy said...

Persimmon Hollow sure looks like a nice place to visit! I love finding places like that on travels. Love the vintage daisy glasses, I think I'm going to have to give peach iced tea a try when summer comes around!

Anonymous said...

Pretty! This place reminds me of a few spots in MD : )

babalisme said...

This isn't propped after all! The fact just made the place a whole lot lovelier.

ArtistGirl said...

Hi Holly, I enjoyed meeting you at the post office the other day. I'm definitely going to have to check this little main street area in BA! It looks fantstic!!