From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Kentucky Farmhouse

Life in Christian County, Kentucky... The Rural Life...




This large old farmhouse sits on the Vaughn Grove-Fairview Road in eastern Christian County. I don't know the proper term for its architectural style, but many old farmhouses with similar attitudes can be seen around here. They are big, sturdy houses that appear to have been built with the primary goals of providing shelter and enough room for a family. They don't have much ornamentation on the exterior.

When we first moved to Christian County, this old house was becoming delapitated, but a Mennonite family has bought the place and little by little, they've been repairing it. They have put on a new roof, built a new side porch and carport (actually, they drive carriages, not cars) , replaced the front stoop, and installed new siding. With a family inside it again and some attention to urgent needs, the house again serves the purposes for which it was built. Its dignity has been restored.

5 comments:

Neurotic Mom said...

That is a beautiful house

Genevieve said...

I wouldn't be surprised if it is over 100 years old.

Neurotic Mom said...

I really miss being out in the country, i despise living in the city. Oh i would love a house like that.

AP said...

I came to Kentucky a few years ago. But had a very horrible experience (race wise). Too bad. I hope this christian town is kinder.

Genevieve said...

Some people just enjoy being prejudiced -- they cherish their hatreds. Their minds are closed and they enjoy making other people suffer. Somehow, it helps them feel bigger. I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience in Kentucky.

This county is named for Colonel William Christian, who was a Revolutionary War hero. I don't suppose that we have any more people of Christian faith here than most Kentucky counties.

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