Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stepping Back in Time

Ever wonder what life was like in the ante-bellum south?? We got a glimpse a couple weeks ago when we went on a field trip to Westville Village, which is an 1850's outdoor living history museum, featuring authentically restored and furnished buildings of the ante-bellum south.

I stopped my crew for a picture before they could even enter the gate! I just loved this quaint entrance into the village.

We walked down dirt roads, such as this one, and entered the various buildings that would have made up an 1850's southern town.

Here are scenes from a rich person's house. Since I have a serious pianist for a daughter, I took pictures of all the pianos I saw! I'm thinking that some of them may have been harpsichords - but I'm not sure. I keep forgetting to ask her!

This was a very comfortable and cozy-looking home. I thought I could live in it!

However, all of the beds were a little too short for my tall husband and sons!! :)

Then we entered a poor family's humble abode. Quite a contrast!

Here we learned about how they made lye soup and candles.

This was the village blacksmith.

Watching him work on his anvil, reminded me that my grandfather used to have an anvil on his back porch, so I'm assuming he must have done some of his own blacksmithing.

My children gave me a hard time for taking the picture of this chamber pot! As one who must get up a few times a night, I take note of chamber pots, outhouses, etc. and am prompted to be thankful for indoor plumbing! ;) I also remember my grandmother having chamber pots in her upstairs bedrooms, even after she had indoor plumbing installed downstairs!

I was especially interested in the trundle bed, because my girls used to have a trundle bed! It is a great arrangement, as it allows for more floor space during the day. The quilts were all beautiful, and only patterns created prior to 1850 were displayed.

This lonely butter churn captivated me, as I thought of my fore-mothers churning their butter every week. I just made some butter of my own -- but I used a Cuisinart food processor! (I will tell you about that in a future post!)

Since my husband works in local government, I was interested in the government offices.

This was the Apothecary's office. I was most interested in his fees!

These pictures are from the merchant's house, which is the house we all decided we wanted to live in! He was obviously wealthy, and it was a beautiful home!

I really loved this paint color! Aren't these beautiful rooms?

This was the kitchen, which was separate from the house, as a precaution in case of a fire.

The kitchen seemed to be well-stocked, and I bet produced heaps of delicious food in its time.

This woman was spinning wool into yarn and she also demonstrated spinning cotton, which is harder to do, because the fibers are shorter. She was very interesting to talk to and watch, and I couldn't help but think of the Proverbs 31 woman: "She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff." -- Proverbs 31:19.

Just some adorable little girls dressed in period dress.

This man told us about the cotton gin. The children picked some cotton, and he showed them how the seeds were removed. We all took some cotton home with us. I don't know why, but I'm intrigued with cotton! It is a fascinating plant. We are thinking of trying to plant our cotton seeds to see if they will grow.

I'm going to end this post with some pictures of what we saw on the way home. It was a beautiful drive throught rural southwest Georgia, and we felt like we were going back in time as we witnessed these simple country scenes!


Noel said...

Amazing pictures! By economic standards my family would be considered poor, but we live so much better than even the wealthy 100 years ago. We're so blessed!

Rebecca's Refining said...

What a neat field trip! You will have to take me there sometime! The merchant's home was beautiful, and I too loved the paint colors and decorating, but I actually was drawn to the "poor" home....maybe that is because I have always wanted to live in a rustic log cabin!!
I enjoyed the pictures and the pianos...I have always wondered about the different pianos...like the piano forte on pride and prejudice...was it different? or just different in name? I am showing my musical ignorance here! :)
I'm glad you finally got around to sharing your experience, it looked like a great time!

busymomof10 said...

I asked Tiffany, and she said that piano-forte was the original name for the piano, highlighting the fact that it could play both soft (piano) and loud (forte), which set it apart from other musical instruments. She thought the second piano pictured might have been a harpsichord or a spinnet. It was hard to tell for sure.

Donna G. said...

Love, love all the photos! I love to visit places like this, too!!

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