Skip to comments.Vanity: Made a website regarding the history of our house which dates to 1760
Posted on 09/24/2012 8:51:50 AM PDT by Gennie
I had been posting on another thread from last week regarding some discoveries a person had made in their log house. I thought those on here may be interested in checking out the site I decided to make. It was spurred because:
1) The barn originally tied to this house was sold and dismantled last week, and while I have been searching on and off for two years it renewed interest.
2)The guy dismantling the barn came over to talk to us, and we had showed him some things we had uncovered in a crawlspace when my husband was installing HVAC. Some of those things including bones we thought were animal. He thought they may have been human so my husband (without my knowledge) contacted the coroner who took the bones on Friday night. We're waiting to see if they are, in fact, human...but I thought it would be a good idea to start documenting things, which I do anyway, but thought having a website would help. So, I don't know if anyone may be interested, but for those who may -
this place Iam sitting in was built in 1776 and I still find bottles and hardware when I am planting and working around along with afew Schafer Beer cans from the dad.
No bones yet.
Where were you on the night of November 13, 1766?
... A likely story.
Enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.
Oh, Gennie, this is fascinating! How blessed you are to have this wonderful old house and its history all around you. Please continue developing the blog, as I will visit there frequently to read about your latest discoveries. :-)
Wonder if the bones are a dead Redcoat......
HAH, actually I’m worried about what they may try to do. I don’t want to sound morbid, but IF there are human AND there are laws against owning the bones (I don’t believe so, but who knows?) I want them to remain with the house. The guy told me that if they’re human, they will probably come dig up the basements. My husband should have consulted an attorney before he contacted the coroner, unfortunately he didn’t listen to me...so I just hope he didn’t open up some sort of strange can of worms with this.
I guess it’s possible...or Native American? IF human, of course. Though I admit, I didn’t sleep well last night after thinking about it.
Got any ghosts?
When my dad built the new house near the old house foundation when they were digging the foundation we came across a ton of old dishes(broken), horse shoes, metal brackets etc.
1. Murder victims (spouse??)
2. Family members who died in the coldest part of winter waiting until burial in the warmer weather which never happened.
I was at a lodge meeting, playing a game of pin the tail on the king of England
Have you ever thought of getting a metal detector to scan the property with? It will make it easier to find buried metal objects on the property.
And is the house haunted?
Before you do any expensive landscaping, try to find depressions where the old outhouses were. Dig them up and find a whole array history from bottles, gold, crockery to weapons and, yes, skeletons. Good place to hide the guy who knocked on the door in 1776 looking for a meal or lodging. Would you look in the pooper?
I used to live in a haunted house (plural actually), and when we first bought this house I had a webcam up in case this one was however I don’t think so...BUT I’m worried now that the bones were removed that something could be stirred up. I recorded an EVP once where I thought I heard Native American drums and my mother swears one time she heard something similar while visiting and smoking outside before bed. We had two things happen when we first moved in and removed the siding from one part of the house, but the house is not “spooky”, at least for now lol.
When I was a kid, my dad told of a story that their neighbor knocked on the door of their homestead-farm in the middle of the night. Dad said he was only about 5 or 6 at the time, born in 1917; it would have been in the early 20s. The neighbor told my grandad that he and his wife had had a terrible argument and he wanted to get these out of his house before anything awful happened. He handed my grandad an ornate wooden box. Inside was a pair of dueling pistols.
Dad told us that his dad hid the box in the barn in a place that he (my dad) and his brothers were never able to discover. He believed the box was still hidden somewhere inside because he didn't know of the box ever being returned.
Whenever we visited our uncle at the old house (grandad died in 1946, long before I was born). My brothers and I spent hours searching the barn for the wooden box of dueling pistols. It was a great adventure.
The house and barn have long been sold - My family recently visited home (Western upstate NY). Driving by, I pointed out the old property to my son. He was as fascinated with the legend of the dueling pistols as me and my brothers were in our youth. It's still a great memory.
Today I suspect it was a story invented by dad and his brother to occupy our restlessness. A grain of truth, a mystery and an adventure. Either way it was a beautiful yarn.
Keeping out any cowans?
WOW, that’s a great story either way. I figure the kids will hopefully appreciate living in a house like this AFTER they move, yet another reason to have the website to compile things :)
Good for you! You’re doing something important for our nation’s history and culture. Generations yet to come will thank you. God bless you. It’s not easy to live in and restore a very old house.
This is a good suggestion. It's not likely that there will be priceless finds, because people really did not throw gold or other valuables down the midden. But there may be items that are treasures of sociocultural information.
In some parts of Europe, that would be considered new construction.
Don’t worry about expensive landscaping, no $$ for that, but when my husband put the geothermal tubes in he did dig around and found old bottles. Unfortunately he wasn’t thinking of searching the property then :(
Well, it certainly is a beautiful house. I would just love to live in a 1700s home, it’s my favorite century.
Aww, thank you! We’ve done some things to it...exposed some more logs, I’ll try and post those pics soon. We eventually want it to look amazing :) Right now, since it’s in the middle of all the work...it doesn’t, haha.
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