Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

I just returned from my year­ly vis­it to Buck­han­non, WV with mom and dad. I always love dri­ving them up to see fam­i­ly. We have the best time togeth­er sit­ting in the car for 19 plus hours and lit­er­al­ly laugh until we cry. It’s always a won­der­ful adven­ture with these two. But once home I miss see­ing them every day and miss enjoy­ing the quiet­ness of sit­ting on my aunt and uncle’s porch lis­ten­ing to birds as they fly by, lis­ten­ing to a turkey or two and watch­ing the deer eat pears and apples from trees plant­ed by my great great aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m tru­ly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the mid­dle of the burbs.

Family Homestead

Since fam­i­ly his­to­ry is so impor­tant to me I thought I would share with you a lit­tle bit of mine. The front por­tion of the cen­ter house with the chim­ney was orig­i­nal­ly across the street. My great great grand­fa­ther Enoch Childers pur­chased this one room log cab­in and moved it up the hill and across the street to the spot it’s sat now for over 100 years. If you look under the wood boards he and his sons lat­er attached to the house, you can see the orig­i­nal wood­en logs. His wife Rebekah Hin­kle had already passed away so it was just Enoch and his sons and daugh­ters liv­ing in the house.

My aunt still has the old wag­on Enoch and his kids road on while trav­el­ing over Buck­han­non Moun­tain. I’ve dri­ven that moun­tain and can­not even imag­ine going over it in the ear­ly 1900’s in a wag­on. As they estab­lished the home­stead they added a kitchen, bed­room, smoke­house, wash house, out­house, rooms for the boys and more. They plant­ed a small orchard of apple, pear, cher­ry and plum trees, had a gar­den and built a barn for their live­stock. They lead a sim­ple life and were very self suf­fi­cient.

Selfie with the Old Homestead

You know I could­n’t pass up the chance to take a home­stead self­ie.

5th Generation

I’m the 5th gen­er­a­tion to walk through this door.

Albert's Swing

I call this Albert’s swing since I have a pho­to of him sit­ting in it. I cre­at­ed a mini album for Delight in The Details using fam­i­ly pho­tos tak­en of the Childers fam­i­ly and it’s my favorite of all mini albums I’ve cre­at­ed. You can see a blog post about this album HERE.

Maple Tree

Maple Tree

The ear­li­est rec­ol­lec­tion I have of look­ing up into this maple tree is around 8 years old. I’ve always loved how the sun shines through the leaves. When a breeze blows through the leaves it’s tru­ly mag­i­cal.

Deer

Watch­ing these evening vis­i­tors eat fall­en apples and pears was such a treat each evening. The lit­tle fawn on the right still had it’s spots and I have no idea how the deer actu­al­ly ate the pears as they were hard as rocks.

Old Homestead

The old home­stead will always hold a spe­cial place in my heart. It’s filled with so many fam­i­ly mem­o­ries and fun times. I could pho­to­graph this very spot every sin­gle day and I’m count­ing down the days until I get to go back next year.

Lisa

 

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