Category Archives: Old home

Nov.2… The lovely Davenport home

Savannah has some beautiful old homes, hubby and I stopped to visit one. Bless his heart he was rather bored through the tour,while I was totally delighted.

Mr. Davenport was a builder from the north,but he moved to Ga for he believed that he had more of a chance to build a business in a growing city. He put a lot of hard work and money into his house so that when the wealthy came to his place they would be impressed. Mr. Davenport did well with his business,until his untimely death at 44,due to yellow fever. His wife a resourceful lady,took on a boarder to bring in an income for her and the seven children,(6 boys and one girl). That was the town gossip ,of course for she was a widow,and the boarder a man.

Now the tour…

Floor vinyl in entry way..

The entry, then to the left was the office,and to the right,ballroom and parlor.

The fireplace in the office was impressive , also the floor boards were the full length of the room except one place where he joined the boards.

The parlor

Chairs were pushed back to the sides of the room when it was to be the ballroom. The wallpaper was hand painted. It was so cheerful,and elegant.

The ceiling motif

At the end of the parlor was Mrs. Davenport’s sitting room that would open up to the ballroom if more room was needed.

A cute cradle was in her room..

This was her sewing table,the glass piece with the doll was used as a model,when she went north she would put a model dress on the doll then come home to make herself one like it. The belt like piece is what she would put her needles, thread, and scissors in to roll up to put in her packet when she went visiting to sew with other ladies.

Then up the beautiful stairs…

When coming up the stairs to right the boarders room still under reconstruction,to the left was the little girls room,and she had a feather bed with netting. There was also a very cute tea set.

From the little girls room right into the parents room where a lot of family time was spent on winter evenings. As you walked through the door to your left was the potty. Must say it was a creative one.😀

It would hold a bowl in the bottom for removal for dumping.

Their feather bed,and baby cradle, and the the sitting chair

In her wardrobe,she had only four dresses… imagine that….

then into the boys room . You walked crossed a little hall to enter their room. All the boys slept in this room when Mrs. Davenport had to take on a boarder. There were no feather beds as they were to be boys growing into men. They slept on a canvas with a straw or Spanish moss mattress

And the pot under the bed.🙊 their tub that was used every Saturday night

No stuff chairs here..

Then down the stairs and out the back door to the garden only where the fountain is today was garden and pens for pigs,horse and chickens. There was also an outhouse included but no longer there. The kitchen area and slave rooms were still under construction. She had four slaves that helped her with the household chores,I believe they were all ladies.

we walked along the river front early in the morning other wise you have a hard time seeing because of all the people.

Like here,but there are cute things to notice with people too.

One day doesn’t give you much time to enjoy a beautiful place,but we made the most of it. Hubby did too as he enjoyed the food.

Deb

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June 6, Charleston,South Carolina 

My brother ,his wife and another couple, who were friends ,invited hubby and I to go to Charleston for a short visit! We had the most enjoyable time. The weather was alittle warm but there was a nice wind which made the warm day pleasant.


This is the Calhoun Manison built in 1876 by George Williams at the cost of $200,000. Today it is private owned but you can pay for a schedule tour. To see beautiful photos of the inside go to ..http://www.calhounmansion.net. 


Another beautiful home.. It is for sale,so if you wanted to move where the weather is warm with a wind that’s often blowing also you have a wallet that’s” really full “and you wish to unload some $. This maybe the home for you. 


A side entrance to the home above.


Beautiful gardens



Old paths between homes..


Grave yard with many old headstones. 

And we enjoy a boat ride..



Shrimp boats pulling up nets to head towards shore.

The Laffey was known as the “ship that wouldn’t die.” Off Okinawa in 1945, no less than five kamikaze planes hit her, as well as three bombs. And she lives today. The Yorktown was our 10th aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1943 and named after the aircraft carrier Yorktown that went down in the Battle of Midway. Its service was legendary, including the Vietnam War and the recovery of the Apollo 8 astronauts and their capsule in 1968. 


Tried to take a close up, but my little iPhone 4s doesn’t do this very good. 


More next post… 

Oct 2nd, Appalachia Museum

On our way home from the school reunion, Monday morning, hubby gave me the option of stopping wherever I got the notion to stop along the way home. That wasn’t gonna be hard I thought for there’s always a quilt shop to be found. And sure enough I spotted a billboard that read the best prices around… We turned off the exit that was given on the sign,then took up the hunt for the store. I got sidetracked when I saw this beautiful place with a wonderful sign that read ” The Museum of the Appalachia” let the past touch your soul. All thoughts of bargain fabric flew out the window, and I promptly said let’s stop right now to see this place. Hubby ,I believe must of been praying that something other then a fabric store would appear. 😉 He was very willing to turn around to pursue that fancy of mine.

And OH the fun we had!!!!!!

 

Clay county,Kentucky, was a leading salt producer in the state during the 19th century. Goose creek met the red bird river to form the South Fork in Kentucky, where there were salt works.

 

Talk about small houses, I think this one takes the prize for being the smallest! One room , that wasn’t much longer than his bed,and the width about the same as the length. In the one room there was a bed ( along the left wall) a small stove across from the bed to your right with a small stand / table. He had a few other possessions in there a bean pot , frying pan and a fiddle.there was a sign saying he made the statement that,that’s all a man needed.

In the above photo,hubby sitting like the old man in the picture that’s hanging on the outside wall.

 
   
 

This is a little playhouse that a father made for his only daughter. The little quilt was lovely in the doll cradle. 

  
This was the home of Daniel Boone. As I stood inside of this cabin I try to imagine how it would feel to sweep the dirt floor, to stand over the fireplace to cook,to wash clothes with a scrub board and tub,and to mend clothes,knit by the dim candle light and how cold the winters must have been . It boggled my brain!!

  
  
All I can say is the strength of these dear ladies was amazing!!

  
Inside the church. Do you think one could fall asleep on those benches?!

  
Ever read the book Christy? Benches and desk from her schoolroom. 

If you have never read the book ,it is a wonderful book to read.

  
Wonderful old looms, cotton gins, and spinning wheels.

  
  
  
This loom was in the little loom house. Hard to get a good picture for it was darker in there with no lights.

  
  
A two seater privy. 

There was so much more to see, barns ,more houses,workshops and a whiskey still. Pictures just can’t tell it all. 

 
A doctors office 

  
And bits of wisdom for all!

Coming up next … The wonderful quilts that were there!! 

Oct. 1 st,a cute two room house

Hubby and I went to Ohio for a 70th school reunion that he attended as a child in 3rd and 4th grade.

We were put up in this little house that was owned and lived in by the aunt of the older couple ,who so kindly invited us to stay there. 

 The kitchen was on the left side as you walk in the door . The microwave was the most modern item in the house. 🙂 There was just a few electrical outlets,but no running water. One needed to get water at the hand pump just outside the door.

 This bed was on the right side as one walk though the door.  

The little living room across from the bed.

  
At the end of the kitchen and across from the living room was this cute little high hair.

 
This the main bedroom. The quilt was made out of polyester knit fabric,the quilting done by hand was lovely.

  
This little room was at the end of the bedroom. I know that come winter it was much nicer to use this little room then to have to go out to the out house!!!

Hubby and I enjoyed our stay,also made me appreciate running water that one doesn’t have heat by stove or microwave to have hot water, and the potty pail…well let’s just say that it wouldn’t have been fun to be the chore that Mom left you in charge of!!!!

Some more of our trip coming up in the next post….until then I’m back to the quilting frame. 😄