I've been dreaming this dream for years. It's a dream I'm guessing some of you may share.
Ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? The oldest part of the city looks much like it did in the 1700s; reenactors populate shops, homes, and the streets, and when you engage them in conversation, they speak in the vernacular of that time, talk about current events of that time, and generally make you feel as if you are temporarily living in that time.
It's a great way to learn about history, with all of your senses.
See where I'm going with this?
I'd like to find a town that looks like it's stuck in time - specifically stuck in the late 1950s to early 1960s. I'd like that town to have everything period-correct. Cars, bicycles, Five and Dime store, furniture store, diner, movie theaters, drive-in theater, bowling alley, arcade, record store, newspaper, radio station, drugstore, fix-it shop, barber shop, beauty salon, appliance store, hardware store, car dealerships, gas stations, carnival...everything. Sort of a super Mayberry. This town would be populated by reenactors, dressed and coiffed appropriately, and well versed in current events.
If this was my town, I would mix things up to keep people coming back for more. One day it would be the spring of 1957, and every kid would be tossing around one of those new Frisbee toys. On another day, it would be October 1962 - the Cuban Missile Crisis. Christmas 1960. Fall 1958 and the release of the new car lines for 1959. Other days it would be a tragic Thanksgiving weekend, 1963; the first week of February 1960, a milestone for Dr. King's dream; or February 21, 1962; or February 10, 1964. (You'll have to look up those last two.)
What an attraction this would be. Is there a town that wants to volunteer to get this dream moving? I'd be happy to map out my dream down to the smallest detail if you'll let me be a part of it.