After spending time at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, we headed the car north toward New York State, stopping to visit open antiquarian, used & rare book stores along the way.
We like to visit used book stores in out-of-the way places, and so we found Lucille Cherry running The Old Book Store in the little town of Madison, Florida. Madison has a population of about 3,000 people, is the county seat of Madison County, located in the Florida panhandle about 55 miles east of Tallahassee. It is home to North Florida Community College.
Lucille and her husband opened The Old Book Store about twenty-five years ago. Both had long careers as teachers, and shared a love of books. After Mark passed away fifteen years ago, Lucille continued running the store on her own.
With an inventory of about 30,000 books, there is a lot of browsing to do here…
The shop’s inventory includes nonfiction, Americana, Biography, Military, Fiction, mystery and natural science. Although we didn’t find many collectible items here in our particular areas of interest, there is plenty of reading material. And we did come away with three or four nice early Modern Library Editions in jackets.
It was obvious to us that the town loves Lucille and her book store. A local librarian stopped in while we were there and she told us that The Old Book Store is THE favorite shop in town! Here is a framed newspaper article about Lucille, her husband and the bookshop that we spotted in the store:
As you can see, Lucille has always been photogenic! And she really knew her inventory, guiding us around the store to find every kind of book we named. She is a charming woman, and it was a true pleasure to meet her.
I’m running a litle behind on my posts, as we have been spending our evenings enjoying the people we meet along the way! But I promise to update you soon on our book scouting stops in Atlanta and Acworth, Georgia.