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The Book House

By the time you read this, the Book House will be dead. The Civil War-era building will be emptied of books, and the bulldozers will be growling in anticipation of tearing down another irreplaceable piece of Rock Hill's history. In its stead will soon be some sort of storage-for-hire facility, which is ironic — the Book House always wanted more space. But like any great story, the tale of the Book House has a twist: a new location just down the road in Maplewood, slated to open in mid-October. The future is unknown territory — much like the mazed confines of the old building's upper floors — but hopefully this new locale will allow the business to flourish. But it won't be the same. What can replace a building constructed when Abraham Lincoln was president, with three floors of shelves and a grim basement (the staff called it the "discount dungeon") so stuffed with bargain books that they stood in stacks on the floor? Will the new space have a cramped garret jammed with volumes of poetry? What will happen to the ghost who lurked in the building? The only certainties are that the store is moving, and that the cats — fickle and independent as ever — will also make the trip. The Book House as we knew it and loved it is history; we'll have to turn the page to see what happens next.

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