Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rustic Charmers of the Past

Tucked away in a corner of our small town is the Heritage Homestead, with it's rustic charmers of the past. Since today was the first rain free day in a week around here, I decided to snap a few pictures of them. Above is the Patterson Family Cabin, built in 1867. This cabin was located out in the country originally, near where I live, but was moved to town to grace the, Heritage Homestead. Decorated with festive red bows for the holidays, I hear it is the place where Santa will be visiting with the local kids, Saturday, after our Christmas Parade.( If Mother Nature cooperates, that is. Rumor has it that we're in for some nasty weather by Saturday; a rumor started by our weatherman!)

This rustic little log cabin reminds me of, Laura, and the clan from the Little House TV series!

Of course, on every homestead of the past, there always was a rustic log barn as well. This one was built sometime in the late 1800s, sports some hand- hewn logs, and is an oldie but goodie!

The side of the barn sports a "garage" of sorts, for the buggy. It looks like it's waiting to be hitched to the horses, to take the family to town.

Behind the barn and it's neighboring Blacksmith Shop, some old farm machinery is on display. Of course, I should have zoomed in on them, so they could be distinguished as such, but maybe you'll take my word for it. There is some old farm machinery back there!
The last photo above is of the old Blacksmith Shop. The owner and long time resident blacksmith, Tom Kennon, operated his shop into the early 1980s, when he was already quite elderly. I hear he was a man who loved his job!

I hope you have enjoyed this peek at some of the rustic charmers in our area. And I hope everyone is well, and ready for Christmas!


Karen H. said...

Good Evening Renie,
I'm back again. LOL. Oh my, I love the Log Cabin and you telling the History of it. It looks beautiful all decorated up. And you are so right, it does make you think of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the days she had. It also resembles a place here in Arkansas called Parker Pioneer Homestead. It is South of Harrisbur, AR a few miles. The 4th, 5th, & 6th graders go there every other year as an Educational Field Trip. Parents can meet them there as well. I have been to that one out from Harrisburg 3 times I think. In fact, I went this past October. The girls went then and I met them over there. It has alot of history as well. I will give you the webside address and you can check it out. It is: I just tried it, but it's not working right now for some reason. You might want to check back later on. So, yall are having your Christmas Parade this Saturday? If you go, I hope you will take some pictures and share with us. I always look forward to seeing such beautiful pictures you take. Hubby made it to his destinations just fine. He unloaded this afternoon in Dexter, MO and had to come to Jonesboro, AR and pick up a load and then take it to Mountain Grove, MO. He has to have it there by in the morning. He said he will probably shut down up around Hardy, then get up in the morning and take it on in there. Hopefully he will be home sometime tomorrow. I so enjoyed looking at those pictures again Renie. I do hope that you can check out that website I gave you and you will be able to see the stuff they have there. Well, take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Michele said...

Great historical post, Renie! Great job on the photos, too, you awesome blogger, you!

So glad I stopped by and found this new post ;-)


Renie Burghardt said...


I was still editing this post, cuz it had typo's that you probably saw, lol, but is my post visible while I'm editing? Yikes! I had no idea it was. But I'm glad you enjoyed it. The pictures could be better, but it was a cloudy, dark day again, even with no rain, and I'm really not that good with my camera settings.

Anyway, thank you for the nice comment, you sweetie! Lol.



Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen!

As I was just saying to Michele, I was in the middle of editing my post, while you guys were commenting. You probably saw my typo's as well! Lol.

Oh, the Parker Pioneer Homestead sounds really interesting and nice as well. Our Heritage Homestead is small, but very nice. And it looks so cute with the Christmas bows and decorations.

Yes, our Christmas Parade is scheduled for this Saturday, but we may be getting sleet and freezing rain, so we will see. I hope the weather forecast is wrong!

I'm glad your husband made it just fine! And speaking of Hardy, I love that little place. I bet is nicely decorated now. Got to go there before Christmas and check it out.

I will check on the web sire for the Pioneer Homestead. Thank you for visiting. I always enjoy hearing from you.

Have a nice evening, and God bless!


Mary said...

The log cabin decorated with all the red bows is wonderful, as are your other photos. They remind me of days on the farm. Grandpa had a lot of outbuildings - a chicken coop, a drive shed, a corn crib and a smokehouse to name a few.

Thanks so much for sharing this peek of your little town. I enjoyed my visit.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I truly enjoy “rustic” buildings. Thank you for the photographs.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Mary,

Isn't the log cabin lovely? I love it and wish I was living in it. Lol.

I know how much you loved the farm. I'm glad my post reminded you of it a little.

Thank you so much for coming by and for commenting. I'll be over to visit with you soon!

Hugs and blessings,


Renie Burghardt said...

I enjoy old rustic buildings as well, Mr. Nick. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for commenting.


ancient one said...

Love,love,love this post!! Old buildings, old furniture, old pictures, old people, old stories, I love old things!! Thanks for sharing!!

Renie Burghardt said...

So do I, Ann. Thanks so much for coming by.



2 LMZ FARMS said...

I loved the photos. Wanna hear something funny. My grandmother last name is Patterson and her family comes from the Carolinas. She then married a Akers who is from Alabama. Wonder if it could be the same Patterson's? Think I will call my Mom and see what she knows. Too weird huh? Hope the weather isn't too bad for you this weekend. Hope you and yours have a blessed day.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Laura,

Let me know what you find out. Maybe your grandmother meandered over to the Ozarks as well.

Yes, our weather forecast for the weekend doesn't sound good. As long as it's only snow, I can live with it, and even enjoy it for a couple of days. But it's the other frozen percipitation that I dread. I'm praying that it will miss us!

Thanks so much for coming by. Have a blessed weekend as well.


Nonna said...

What a wonderful log cabin and barn! I love old homesteads. You must live in a charming town!!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Nonna,

I love old log cabins and barns as well. I enjoyed taking the photos of it. I live 10 miles out of a charming, small river town.

Thank you for visiting!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
I know I was just here last night, but I always love coming back to visit with you. It is a cold morning here. It is 34 degrees and I just got back from taking the girls to school and it is still cloudy. It looks as if it could "SNOW". LOL. If there is any moisture up in the atmosphere, I bet it would fall as snow. I still think we will just get mostly rain with a snowflake here and there mixed in. It sure is going to be cold this weekend as well. I just hope you don't get any ice. I would love to see some Snow pictures from up your way. Well, take care my friend and have a great Friday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen,

I just got home from town. Got all stocked up, in case I get snowed in, or worse! It was only 27 here this morning, but now the sun is shining. It sounds like the snow will go more north of me as well, but it's still possbile. I'm not so worried about snow as I am about freezing rain, which was mentioned in the forecast, too.

I always enjoy hearing from you. I hope you're having a great day!



Leann said...

loved the visit to the log know I love them.and long to liv in a log home of my own some day.
my Dad had a backsmith shop on our farm.he use to work in it till late at I know what they mean when they say that old guy loved his work.its a heart felt Dad loved it to and he was good at it.
lov Leann.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Leann,

I love log cabins as well!

I think blacksmith's love horses, so they love their job.

So nice to hear from you, Leann. Have a nice weekend. We were to have some freezing rain and then snow tomorrow, but now the weather forecast is downplaying the severity and it may just be rain mixed with a little snow. I hope so!

Love and Hugs,


Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Like everyone else, I love the old log cabins and the barn
Great photos, thanks for sharing them
with us.. Thank you for your comments and I am glad you enjoy your visits here. I am lookig forward to spending time with Kathy and her family. They
make Christmas so enjoyable.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas too, and health and happiness in 2008. Take care, Love, Merle.

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

It's good to read your nice comment. Your blog is one of my favorites! Christmas is almost here! We've been getting torrential rains overnight and this morning. But at least it's not ice or snow! I hope you'll have a nice Monday. And I'll be over to visit again to get my dose of fun and inspiration.

Christmas blessings and love!


Pauline said...

I've been enjoying your blog - wonderful pictures and writing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine.

I helped build a log cabin from, scratch in the north woods of Vermont in the 70s, lived in it for two years without running water or electricity, and another ten with amenities before being forced to sell and move south where there was more work.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Pauline,

I lived in a log cabin way down in the woods for 4 years. Now, I'm no longer in a log cabin, but am still in a rustic country environment and I love it.I bet you miss your cabin.

Thank you for coming by. I really enjoyed your special way with words, and will be back to visit again.

Christmas blessings,


deborah wilson said...


These are wonderful photos! I love old buildings, I think my area has a few cabins left. Notice the fence in front of the blacksmith building, that is exactly the same style of fence that is built not only around the battlefields and other historic places, but along the borders of residental property as well. Seems that style of fencing has been popular for a long long time.

That cabin is my dream home. My canoe and fishing rods would look good next to it. lol

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Deborah,

Yes, I believe that style of fencing goes back to at least the Civil War, or even earlier.

Log cabins have a special charm, don't they? Yes, your canoe and fishing rod would look good next to it. Now, my jetski would not. Lol.

Thank you for visiting and commenting. Christmas is almost here! I'm ready for it.


Jmkdreak said...

Nice pictures!
Definately looks like it's from Little House.


audrey` said...

Laura in the Little House On The Prairie is a very meaningful television series.
I missed it...

Renie Burghardt said...

It was a lovely series, Audrey. They do show it in reruns these days. When my kids were young, they never missed that show.

Audrey, so nice to see you again!