Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Same old here.  Mackie did hit his head on the door again, this time on our way into the house.  My mom was with me, and I went to open the door and Mackie got his timing wrong.  Mackie, it goes like this:  I open the door, you walk through.
Mackie got the order mixed up and tried to go through before I opened the door. 
He head-butted the door and I stood there stunned.  I said to my mom, see what goes on here... who will believe me?  She said she does, especially since she saw it too and just about collapsed laughing.  Mackie is OK. 

Java in her stall for a second before I tack up and we go for a ride.  She's fabulous.

This would have been cute if it did not come out blurry:

Our house was built in 1738.  That's what the historical society says... 

There is a nice little cemetary down the street, so we went and looked for the original builders/owners of the house the Baley's (later changed the spelling Bailey).

Check it out!  Here they are, sheltered under this ancient cedar tree.  These headstones are in wonderful condition and we could read them.  They are the childern and grandchildren of the original owners of the house (some very young, 3 mos, some made it to their early 80's).  Right near these stones are others, not sheltered by the tree and the writing is almost totally worn off, but I'll go back and see what I can figure out... I think they are the older markers.  The stones that you see in the background are others, from the 1800's, other famlies, etc.

This is really exciting, and so... important... and historic.  And, it was not creepy in the cemetary, it's nice.  I'm hoping that there is a map of who is where in the cemetary.  I'm also hopefully going to get the historical society geared up to do more research on the house.  I'm so glad these markers are pretty well preserved.

Then we (mom and I) pull back into the driveway and I see that Java is happy as can be.

Next Post:  Exciting new things that Mr. Java's mom gave me...


Anonymous said...

We lived in Massachusetts for a long time in a house that was built in 1816. We also were able to find the headstones of the family that built the house, and the historical society had information about them too. It is sad to see so many headstones of young children - the family that built our house lost two within a week of one another to typhus.

gtyyup said...

I love historical stuff like that...and the cemeteries are wonderful places to visit.

Our old buildings on our property are the last of Old Princeton and I'm working on getting them put onto the National Registry.

Emmi said...

Wow, your barn is even prettier on the inside. Gosh!

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

I think that is awesome that your home has so much history and that you can learn some of it. You do seem to see a lot of grave markers for very young children in the old cemetaries.

Terry said...

There's a web site called findagrave.com that has a lot of historical data. You can search by cemetery, and it has a link to historical newspapers.