|My Childhood Home in about 1941--soon after it was built|
When the four of us (Neal, his beautiful wife, Patti, George and I) met this year, we stayed at Pine Mountain State Park in Pineville, Kentucky ---which is close to Cumberland Gap. SO--while in that area, Neal took us around the area of his homeplace.
Also--while there, we drove to Kingdom Come State Park one day, and since it was so close to my hometown, we visited that area also... I loved hearing the stories about his childhood which Neal shared. AND--I loved telling my own stories about my childhood. As you can imagine, we had a GREAT week together.
Today I'll share with you some photos from both of our childhood home areas beginning with mine, which we visited on Tuesday, 10/23/13. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them.
Above is my childhood home --right after it was built about 1941. I lived there until after high school days (after 1960)... I loved that little home ---and the one thing I loved about it was watching all of the spruce, hemlock, boxwoods and big trees/shrubs grow and grow--through the years... The yard was very woodsy---which I loved.
After my Dad died in 1969, Mom kept the house for a few more years... Sometime in the '70's, she sold it (much to my disappointment--although I understood). She stayed in Big Stone Gap for several more years in a small home she had purchased... Later, she moved to Florida to be closer to my brothers. I then had and still have no more close relatives (other than some cousins) living there. But---it will always be HOME to me!
The people who first bought the home from my mother (it was sold again later to another couple) made two big changes: They put bright yellow siding on the house AND they cut down most of the beautiful old trees and shrubs....I was sad to hear that!
|My childhood home in about 1941|
|My Childhood Home in 2013|
|Me standing in front of my home|
|Me at the back of my childhood home|
|Family Headstone at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Virginia|
|Me looking at family members buried at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, VA|
|All that remains of Neal's childhood home, the chimney|
The family still owns the property where his home was ---which is hidden up a dirt road back in a holler.... I kept telling Neal when we were at that property that he needs to build a little cabin there. I would visit him there --and would love that privacy, as that area is surrounded by mountains all around! FABULOUS!!!
Above is a picture of all that is left of Neal's childhood home. I have seen photos of this chimney on Neal's blog ---and was thrilled to get to see the area in person.
ROSE, is also a special blog friend of mine. She loves to write stories of their childhood---and some of Rose's favorite things to photograph are old barns. She has featured this old barn several times ---so I'm sure she will be glad to see that the new owner is renovating the barn --and wants to keep it in good shape. (Click on Rose's name above to see her blog.)
|Neal is searching for the old well on their property|
|Neal and I checking out the old chimney|
|The Family Property where Neal's childhood home was|
|Headstone showing where Neal's parents were buried|
|Nearby Barn--photo was taken from the cemetery where Neal's parents are buried|
|Neal standing in front of what is left of his childhood home|
Hope you enjoyed seeing photos showing both of our childhood homes. As you can imagine, we all had a wonderful week together.
Be sure to check out my Photo Blog for a great picture of Autumn on the Cumberland Plateau.. Click HERE.