Sunday, March 9, 2014

History Surrounds All of Us



In our neighboring town stands the Hiestand House.  Built in 1823, it remains a fine example of German influence in our region.  The house retains the trim colors of red, blue, and green, inside and outside the house.  


During the Civil War John Hunt Morgan, and his raiders, made their way to this farm.  In its history, it is stated, that the adult daughter of Hiestand himself, held off the soldiers at this back door.  She was determined she would not be, "hosting," any soldiers in her home.  


There is also a fine example of a Dog Trot Log Cabin on the property.  This type of structure is quite often found in the Appalachia region.  I will admit that I fancy having one of these.....one day.  




A spring house also remains on the property and even this tiny structure is trimmed out in the appropriate colors honoring the German family who founded this property.  



"History never looks like history when you are living through it."  

John W. Gardner 



38 comments:

  1. just a beautiful property! i like the trim colors, too. :)

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  2. I always say, "History is everywhere....sometimes you must look for it." Nice post and quote.

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  3. What a treat for me to see these lovely photos.

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  4. Absolutely lovely, and bless them for preserving such beauty and history!

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  5. I could live in a place like that. Everything about it is appealing, from the structure to the colors.

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  6. It's a beautiful house that I would have thought Scottish rather than German!

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  7. Beautiful property! I've never seen the cabins split like that. Warm Blessings! Amy

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  8. I love the buildings and they have been well taken care of too. We had a farm once and an old house on it, had a dog trot too. Like you, I would like to have a house like that.

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  9. It is a treasure that it stands for all to enjoy. Enjoyed seeing these. Is it a private home or a museum?

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    1. Daniel, it is a museum, though it wasn't open when I was there.

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  10. Wow Beautiful. I thought the same. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Lots of stone German houses in the upper valley of VA but in our county to the south the Germans used log and frame houses, it could be
    the stone is of such low quality.

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  12. I **LOOOOOVE** that house! And I LOVE the story of the daughter holding off the raiders.. woohoo girl! Thanks for showing this.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Those are beautiful structures and are so well kept up. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I LOVE that house!!! lot's of history there....

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  15. i love the blues. gorgeous property. ( :
    always a fan of history.

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  16. Hi Michelle, I love historic homes and the history behind them. I have always been intrigued about a Dog trot home. I have a very old decorator magazine that highlighted a dog trot home.....Thanks for sharing...it's beautiful!! p.s. I'm having a give-a-way, would love for you to sign up! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  17. I love the house and its history. How brave the daughter was to hold off the soldiers. I would also love that old barn. Great photos!

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  18. Michelle,
    Thank you for this lovely photographic tour through History, the colors are so rich. I just imagine you could almost visualize the inhabitants of years and years gone by. I hope that your dream comes true...
    Beautiful in every way~
    Jemma

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  19. Ilove the history in those structures, beautifuk buildings.

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  20. I try to write, but don`t manage to finish...... before it is gone. Delete if you have got to comments that are just half done.....

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  21. Boy, do I adore history. This place is wonderful!

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  22. Once again you had me at Log Cabin.
    Great photos.
    You can follow some of my many adventures on my log blog, and sometimes (like coming up latter today) I will have some leads on some available.
    Again, great photos.

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  23. oh i love these! they are beautifully preserved!

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  24. Gorgeous color combinations and I love the fact these are being preserved for posterity.

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  25. What a gorgeous property and the buildings are in amazing condition! Such a true words in that quote as well. Have a great day!

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  26. Some fine old buildings perfectly kept!

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  27. It's just wonderful that these old places are being preserved and are so well cared for!! Great colors, the log cabin is my favorite!!

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  28. Interesting history lesson. I wasn't familiar with a dog trot log cabin. Thanks for checking in at SDP. It's funny how bloggers come and go but a few stick with you. The other day, I heard the song 'Lovely Day' by Bill Withers and, believe it or not, thought of you. I know…how random! But, as I recall, you had that song playing on your blog awhile back. Anyway, it's good to make connections on the blogosphere and nice to know you're doing well and you're still sharing interesting pics from your life in a small town.

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  29. Michelle, the photos are wonderful!! I feel like I could reach out and touch those buildings. I loved the color they used. I also would love to have the dog trot log cabin....:) Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Wonderful photographs, Michelle! German influence is everywhere: in the reagion as well as on your blog.
    Regards from Germany, Uwe.

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  31. Beautiful -- thanks for taking us along. How good to see these buildings preserved. xx

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  32. I love old buildings and structures because it keeps us connected in a way with the historical past.The buildings themselves have such character too. Nice photos!

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  33. Four home runs today, Michelle. Each is beautiful.

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  34. Some fascinating stories. The blue and red certainly give the buildings some definition and character.

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