Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Fine, Old Face



Would you believe me if I told you that it has been warm enough to have the top off of the Jeep?  Sure enough and a drive through hills and hollers was the perfect activity for one of those days.  We drove through a part of our county that goes deep into the land, with no way out, except to turn around and go back the way you came - hence it is called a holler.  

Several of the roads I remember, but a few did not ring any bells.  We made a left turn down a small, residential/farming road and here sat this beauty.  A spot of gingerbread trim remains at the top of the roof line, obscured by some tree limbs.  The original tin roof tiles also remain.  The front porch has fallen down, but you can see its tin tiles in the front door heap.  Here we have those mysterious, two front doors and slight askew, I think.  



You can see a small bit of a red barn on the right of this photo.  A farming operation was in full swing when we passed by, with plenty of farmers and tractors in action.  



If you were to sit on that old front porch, this would be your view.  Even in the dreariest of seasons, this is a beautiful scene.  


"The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe."  

Masanobu Fukuoka


Linking up with Mersad today.





41 comments:

  1. Love these old farms.
    In the 70s again today.
    Crazy.

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  2. It appears the gable window is intact. I think the two doors were common back than but I forget the reason. Maybe one for entering the formal parlor and was only opened on special occasions? I can just imagine the younger generations visited grandma and grandpa there in the past. Can you tell your photo spoke to me today?

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  3. Beautiful view, beautiful quote. Sad the old house is a wreck :-/.

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  4. It would have taken many loads of wood to keep that one warm a hundred years ago. Most got upgraded to cheap oil when that became available as was our old house. Almost like heating a barn even after some insulation was added. We are back to using wood with backup propane but so many other things need to be fixed and upgraded. It is no wonder that so many are left to fall down.

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    1. We have two wood stoves in our renovated farmhouse and that is a lot of work. I cannot imagine trying to heat the old house in my photo.

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  5. A gem . . . of a find, photo, view, all . . .

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  6. Hello, the house must have been beautiful in its day. I love the view. Enjoy and have a happy day!

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  7. maybe an apartment was added to this home for a parent

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  8. I like your header collage very much. And I didn't know what "holler" meant until now even thought I've heard the word many times over the years. I would love to dig under that old house...I'll be you'd find all kinds of wonderful things!

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    1. Lowell, I think you are right! I wonder where the privy was.......always a fine spot for a dig with so much trash/treasure being thrown into it.

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  9. Oh how I wish that old house could tell us its stories...

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  10. How beautiful! Makes one imagine the family that perhaps once lived there. Almost like The Waltons - if it had dormer windows and a porch. Still, whatt a treasure. If only someone could love it and restore it back to it's glory days! If only Chip & Joanna could use it as a Fixer Upper!

    Thank you for sharing your adventure! It's been unseasonably warm for us, too!
    Blessings!!! Net :)

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  11. What a lovely old place and that view is stunning - have to wonder how a place like that did not find someone to keep her up at the very least.

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  12. The Victorian house I owned, a few years back, had two front doors on the wrap a round porch. The second door led directly into the dining room. That was a mystery to me, too...Maybe guests entered the main living room, and family used the dining room door ??

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  13. That was a grand old farmstead. Glad to know what a holler is.

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  14. As we would say out west, Flaming arrow needs to visit. Okay I am joking.

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  15. Oh, if only houses could talk! Someone, once upon a time, had a very lovely view. Hey, I live in a holler! Lol! x Karen

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  16. Wow...enjoy that wind in your hair! Sounds fun! What a great way to go exploring!

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  17. Great view ~ would be nice to renovate that building . . . :)

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    1. Eddie, it would be wonderful to see this home brought back to its original glory, with some modern heating! lol

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  18. I love driving back into the hollers. You never know what treasures you will find. xo Laura

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  19. What a view. Too bad the house will be falling down soon.
    So that's why its called a holler.

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  20. Sad old house! I didn't know that was what holler meant!

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  21. Who lived there, I woonder and how were their lives. Happy? Busy? did they love sitting on their front porch, enjoying the peaceful view? I'm sure they must have. Thanks for sharing a part of your back country. I should go out and find some more of mine.

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    1. Inger, I always wonder the same things when I happen upon an old home. They can really make the imagination run wild.

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  22. Oh the stories that wonderful house could tell.. and if the hearth of a small farm is the center of the universe.. I'm there right now. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. This falling-down house sure brought back memories of the trips we often took on the back roads of the VA eastern shore when we were living there. It was not unusual to find once large and most-likely bustling farmhouses just left to the elements. We used to fantasize about the folks who formerly lived in these places.

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  24. If it only was easy to restore a home this would be perfect. Love the old house. Love the view.

    Velva

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  25. That place was a beauty in it's day! It's always sad to me to see a house like that falling down.

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  26. Fine, indeed! My imagination goes wild when I come upon a place like this.

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  27. Hi Michelle, You are so right about the scene from the front porch. I would love sitting out there and just enjoying the serenity! I am curious about the two front doors. Wonder what that was about?

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  28. Yes, I would definitely believe your temps because ours have been like that too...it is 80 today and severe thunder storms are in the forecast. A tornado touched down about 1/4 mile where my son works in Franklin, TN this morning! No one hurt, thank goodness. Oh what a glorious old place! Coming across a gem like this is one of my favorite things. Now, if it could only talk.....:)

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    1. Debby, I am glad to hear that your son, and everyone else, was okay. It was a scary weather time, yesterday!

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  29. beautiful views, that first one looks like a strong wind could take it!!!

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  30. Gorgeous! Both the house and the view. It just screams history!

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  31. Beautiful view. It's sad that it is decayed. xoxo Su

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  32. Oh My! So charming ! Gorgeous views! Oh! What stories could this beautiful farmhouse tell !!love it !

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  33. I love the view from that house. I would have been sitting on the porch as often as I could just taking in the scene. When I see these old homes, I always wonder what the people's lives were like that lived there. Enjoy the remainder of your week!

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  34. "This old house... is ready to meet the saints!"

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  35. You find the most intriguing old and deserted house, Michelle! This old house did n=have a lovely view.

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  36. I adore the old homes you share with us!

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