Monday, September 9, 2013

The Martin Davis house tour.

Yesterday, my mother and I went to see the Martin Davis house. Sept. 21st and 22nd is the 150th Civil War reenactment 5 miles up the road from me at the end of W. Cove Rd. in McLemore Cove. So they had an open house at the old Davis house this past weekend, as a sort of kick-off to the reenactment in a few weeks. There were soldiers doing demonstrations and tours of the house. Mom and I did our own tour. I really don't like being in a group and having to wait for the tour guides to talk about everything.

So we snuck around and were able to take lots of pictures. It's a beautiful old home. This sign tells about the house and all the little building surrounding it. I'll post inside pictures this week. It's a beautiful house. I ride past it all the time, going to Lafayette or Chickamauga. So it was fun to finally get to go inside and see it.

A side view of the main house. It's had lots of additions to it through the years.

Some of the little buildings. There was a little school room, a blacksmith shop, doctor's office, store, my favorite, a spinning and weaving room. A few kitchens. It's amazing what they have done here.

This is the original part of the house. You can see how deep the walls are from the top window. And it was really cool in these rooms.

One of the little buildings. I love the fireplace. Most of the rooms had fireplaces. Or little woodstoves, like the school room.

I love how they built this around this tree.  And the leaves were falling all over the little yard here.

More of the original part of the house. The well house in the background with that huge oak tree is beautiful. You can just see Lookout Mt. way in the background.

Close up of the well house and an old log structure. So pretty and cool here.

And this bell with the eagle! So pretty. I love it.

I'll post more pictures through the week of the insides of the house and buildings. It's so pretty here.

I also made 11 more jars of fig preserves and 19 small jars of plantain salve yesterday afternoon. I am making soap and grape jelly today. I can't seem to get in the mood to make soap. I don't know what's wrong with me. Making jelly is so much easier I guess. I also have enough milk now to make feta cheese.

I hope you all have a great Monday!


Betty Ann said...

And a happy Monday to you too!! Thank you for the travelogue...I enjoyed it!!

Linda said...

I know what you mean about making the soap. I have 1 festival I do the 1st of November. Its coming up fast and I have not made any soap yet.
I did get some fat cut up today and I hope to get it rendered today. I have more fat ordered. I have so much to get done in the 8 weeks my head is spinning. Thanksgiving is at my house this year and have so many things to paint and spruce up before it gets here.I would rather make feta cheese than soap. Soap has so many steps to make it.

Hope the inspiration to make soap hits you with a smile.
Whats kinds do you think you will be making this year?
Take care.


Kris said...

Well, another day went by and no soap. But I did make 18 jars of grape jelly. And mowed the back goat pasture. It's a mess back there. I moved the ram and buck up front and mowed the back yard too. And cleaned out the sheep shelters and put all the poo on the gardens.

Linda, I have several ideas for soap. I want to make a rosemary-mint. And I got a sage EO. And thyme. I need to make a goat milk honey oatmeal. So much to do! I know what you mean. I have less than 2 weeks. UGH!

Kristin said...

What a neat place! I love history.