Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Founding Settlement



Last night we took a drive to the founding settlement of my husband's family.  The community bears his German last name and, seriously speaking, it is out in the middle of nowheresville.  

Settling as early as 1773, it makes one wonder what made this area look so inviting.  I have to say it sits on a ridge with a fantastic view.  

The teenage girl was a bit unimpressed and asked, "Is this it?"  

Today I am linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveler, as he has taken over the Barn Collective.  It opens up at 6pm central tonight.

  Pay him a visit!  



41 comments:

  1. how neat to have family history within driving distance. :)

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  2. Your area may have originally have been part of Augusta Co. Va which covered most of the area west of VA in colonial times. A lot of the people arrived in PA and then came down the valley of VA, many of my German relatives settled in the northern area toward Winchester and later came further south and some on out into your area.

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  3. Fun to find some family home places. Great memories for your husband for sure.

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  4. That's cool that your husband's family place is close enough to visit. We're driving from Oregon down through CA, over to Vegas and the Grand Canyon, then through NM and the top of Texas to get to our family home in Oklahoma.. in a few weeks! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. The teenage girls comment made me laugh. Classic!

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  6. Hi Michelle, so very cool, love finding out about history.Blessings Francine.

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  7. How very cool to see your husband's ancestor's homes. Oh to be a fly on the wall of any of my ancestors..I have a few in mind I would love to know more about.

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  8. "Is that all there is?" Ah, those teen years!

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  9. Michelle,
    What a gorgeous photo, I love it! It is interesting to have the ability to visit one's heritage, gives the family a sense of grounding and it is always nice to reflect on those who have traveled the path before us.
    Have a Lovely Sunday,
    Jemma

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  10. Teenaged girls are like that.

    Nice photo. I like the vignetting. Sometime I need to experiment with that.

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  11. I cannot imagine what any area in the country looked like in 1773. Sometimes I think settlers just got tired or broke down...and wherever that happened is where they ended up permanently. Very neat SAM knows that family history and is now sharing it with your kids.

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  12. Pretty view...tell me, Michelle...how long have you lived in the small town and out in the country ?

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    1. BJ, we moved back to our small hometown 17 years ago. It turned out to be the best change for us. We had been living in the D.C. suburbs. Quite a change!

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  13. How cool is that to have family history close by.

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  14. Hi Michelle, That is neat that you left the Small Town to go to a place that is near the Middle of Nowhere. :-) I thought the Middle of Nowhere was next door to my cabin in Montana but I guess the Middle moves around from time to time. Anyway, no worries about the teenage girl being not too impressed. I remember thinking things like that when I was a kid. Getting a few years under the belt can make a difference. Maybe she will give us another assessment in a decade or two. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. John, I think the middle of nowhere can be found most anywhere! Glad you found it in Montana!

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  15. You're lucky to find an ancestral spot so easily--and even luckier to find one so beautiful!

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  16. Such a nice drive . . . family history place close by . . . very nice picture . . .
    As a teen , I too may have said, "is this it!"

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  17. How cool to have such a great family history!!

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  18. must be a new link up ... i will have to check it out. i will ... have a nice week. ( ;

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  19. Someday your daughter will appreciate having seen this place. ;)

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  20. Our family 'home place' in Iowa was lived on by family members and farmed by them for a very long time. I have not been back in a long time so no idea if it is still in the family. I know my father sold his share of the family farm acres.... 80 acres total... decades ago. Big white farm house with front porch and a fenced in yard. Barn, silos, machine shed. A typical Iowa farm. Would love to see the inside of the house once again. I have a photo of we four siblings sitting on the stairway up to the bedrooms... very cool house.

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  21. Don't forget to link! I would enjoy taking a drive to see this.

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  22. Wow, such history! That's really neat.

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  23. hehehe, teenagers, what do they know. it sounds like a wonderful road trip!!!!

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  24. That looks lovely. I think I probably wasn't too impressed with my dad's homestead back in the day. I'd be impressed now though.

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  25. I like being in the middle of of nowheresville, but it still is somewhere. Thanks for linking up this week. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  26. Wow! That's some great history. Lovely photo!

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  27. No surprise to me why they settled here...it's absolutely lovely and so peaceful! I guess we need to keep it in perspective though...back in those days, the simple life is all they knew. How wonderful that you have this lovely piece of history in your family!

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  28. Aw, well, the older teenage daughter gets the better she will appreciate her heritage.

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  29. Hello Michelle, I am so very happy to meet you and to find your gorgeous blog. I think it would be absolutely wonderful to be able to not only trace your family roots back so far, but to be able to drive to the places they lived and farmed. Your photography is charming. There is so much warmth and character in your photos, they tell a story without needed words. I Love, love, love you blog banner.
    I am your newest follower. I do hope that you will come visit my blog, too.
    Connie:)

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  30. I would have loved it. I just finished a book called Hannah Coulter by Wendall Barry. You might enjoy reading it,

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  31. As a stressed city dweller, it looks like paradise to me!

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