The ancient sprawling oak tree shades this example of Gullah architecture, once the home of Moses Ficklin, church deacon and undertaker on Daufuskie Island, SC.
“ In 1830, just after sunset on Daufusky Island, South Carolina, a slender black soul would light a fire outside the door of the weathered clapboard ‘Praise House.’ They came quietly to this only gathering place they knew, to sit on the backless half-log benches outside and inside along the wall. At first there wasContinue reading “The Praise House”
The Battle Home was constructed in 1835 by Benjamin D. Battle, a son of Joel Battle, founder of Rocky Mount Mills. Rocky Mount Mills was a major supply of material for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1863 Federal cavalry burned the mill but the officer in charge spared the home because heContinue reading “The Battle House, Rocky Mount, NC”
This past summer we were delighted with our weekend visit to Chester, an estate located in Scottsville,Va. Chester dates to 1847 and the grounds are a delight to explore. Located on this estate is a beautiful little cottage called The Butler’s Cottage. We will long remember our visit to this enchanting property.
He grew up next door to the church. The congregation encouraged him through his life. People in town would listen to Gerry’s piano as the melodic tones of church hymns, inspiring passers by, arose from the upstairs window. Life was simple then; love and encouragement flowed from the small town.
Can you see it? The old mill village? About one hundred years ago a little girl and her family lived in the house. Look on the front porch and see she and her brother playing while their father worked in the mill. Mother shews the cat on to the porch and begins to sweep theContinue reading “A Lifetime Ago”
This cabin was built in 1934 It was constructed by the WPA for the mayor of Rocky Mount, NC, J.Q. Robinson. It was used as a quiet retreat. Mr. Robinson had a pet black snake. Apparently this snake liked to shed her skin on the mantle of the fireplace. This routine of the snake continuedContinue reading “Watch Out For Snakes”
She grew up in a house like this. The last of seven children and the only girl in the family. He passed away when she was still young and all she had were her memories. Her parents were educated at Harvard and her father a professor of English. Both parents were committed to education, loveContinue reading “Rustic”
Growing up in Savannah, Georgia holds many memories of being in nature. Weekends afforded me the luxury of boating on the Wilmington River sailing with a friend; fishing for shark; and attempting to water ski ( I never mastered that). Last year we had a delightful ride with old friends on that river. While enjoyingContinue reading “Lunchtime”
I enjoy old cars. It reminds me of my youth and the hours I spent helping my dad, in the driveway, on most Saturday mornings do routine maintenance on the family car. Back then it was easier to do service and repair small things gone wrong than it is today. Old cars also remind meContinue reading “Old Cars”