The sun rises over the hills and falls on the community, accompanying the sound of barking dogs, to denote the start of a new day.
Shyann Seymour, 9, playfully kicks while walking along main street, also called Haydenville Road, with her siblings.
(Right to left) Jacob Seymour and Colin Culbertson watch as Jacob's mother, Christina Nyren, tattoos her partner David Knipe at their kitchen table. Christina only recently started shooting tattoos and since they are being done in her home, she does not charge for her services.
Nyla Vullmer, a self-proclaimed Haydenville historian, reaches for a portrait of Peter Hayden inside a room dedicated to the history of the town in her home. When the Haydenville museum closed in 2012, Nyla safe kept any materials that weren’t collected by the Historical Society, including Peter Hayden’s original bank ledger and the Haydenville High School yearbooks, among other artifacts.
(Left to right) Catherine Shannon, Bill Evans, Graham Swaim, and Margaret Wolfe attend the Haydenville Community Lunch that is hosted every Wednesday by the church group. The lunch was started over two decades ago to provide meals for the factory workers and has continued into present day. However, today it provides more than a hot meal; it also provides a rare gathering place for community members to spend time with each other.
(Left to right) Jay Lambert, 17, Grover Browns, Kim Myers, and Lawrence Dotson, 17, hang out and chat in front of Mel and Kim’s Carryout store. As one of only two locally owned businesses in Haydenville, Mel and Kim’s also serves as a community gathering place for some residents.
Delbert Smith, 80, a retired factory worker and avid fisherman, heads into his shed that houses all of his fishing equipment — a hobby that keeps him active in his retirement. Del has lived in Haydenville his entire life and recalls, “It ain’t like it used to be. Every place changes, but you got your memories of it; you can remember what it was.”
Grover Browns, 68, repeatedly rides his bike every day between Logan and Nelsonville, often stopping at Mel and Kim’s carryout for food and water breaks.
(Left to right) Austin Gray, 11, prepares to throw the football to his friends Colin Culbertson, 11, Ethan Simpson, 11, Kevin Nyren Jr., 12, and Caleb Thompson, 8, in the backyard of the old Haydenville Museum building. Once the weather warms up, the younger kids in town are out playing football together almost every day after school.
(Left to right) John Miller, his dad Gregg Miller and his uncle Bill Miller drink and relax at the end of a day in Gregg’s garage. When they aren’t spending time with family, most of whom also live in Haydenville, brothers Gregg and Bill work on cars, boats and tractors that they ride around town.
Barb Harkless, far right, leads children in prayer during Sunday school at The Haydenville United Methodist Church. Built in 1893 as an advertisement for the bricks made by the company, it serves as the only church in town and is one of the longest standing buildings in Haydenville.
Jacob Seymour, 14, and Michael Ambler, 14, jump and roll down one of the sand dunes in the sand and gravel yard located in town. Since Haydenville doesn’t offer many options for places to go, teenagers often roam town in search of things to do.
Glen Burchfield works with his parlor roller pigeons in his backyard, which he purchased to expand the services offered by his Nelsonville Flower Shop business. Parlor rollers are known for their unique performance of turning somersaults on the ground.
Tony Beverly, 60, covers freshly planted marigold seeds in his homemade, backyard greenhouse. He built the greenhouse five years ago so he would have something to do in his retirement and now sells his produce to anyone that wants to buy it.
Colson Mender, 3, watches TV snuggled in his grandmother, Christy Mender’s, lap. Christy grew up in Haydenville and ran a beauty salon in her home up until 8 years ago when her and her husband Scott started watching their grandchildren 5 days a week.
Twins Lydia and Lucas Swart chase each other around the house on a Sunday afternoon. Although the Swarts live outside of town, they adopted four children from families involved in drug-related incidents that lived in Haydenville.