Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

Can you imagine what this beauty was like in it's former life?  Even more so than the historic homes that have been preserved, these old skeletons really fascinate me.  Think about all of the Christmas' that were celebrated within those walls.  How many New Year's Day black eyed peas were eaten.  I wonder what it was like to shut that door behind you for the last time. 


Between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Todd and I spent 16 hours on the road and while it's a lot of windshield time, we were grateful to be able to see both of our families.  On our way back to Florida, we took the scenic route and passed this old house in the tiny town of Elmodel, Georgia. From what I've been able to find, it was built in 1908 and the town built up around it.  The man who built it, Mr. Mcrainey, died in 1915 and as the house was passed from generation to generation, it deteriorated.  The current owner lives in a trailer next door and has been known to shoot at anyone who sets foot on the property.  Apparently I got lucky.


And look at what it used to be. Gosh!

I've got my black eyed peas soaking in my new Le Creuset!  Here's to a great 2013!

12 comments:

  1. I have always loved to look at rundown, gigantic houses too. In a dream world, I'd love to buy those houses and restore them to their former glory!

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  2. I stumbled along your photo by accident and must say I love old house as well. We have a lot of grand old homes, both restored and in disrepair, here outside of Philadelphia PA (Media PA to be exact).

    Happy New Year!

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  3. That's beautiful. My husband & I love to ride in the historic neighborhoods and just stare t the antebellum homes. I always leave with a heavy heart, wanting to buy them all and restore them.That one is particularly beautiful. If you ever have the chance, go through Eufala, AL &and a little townnear Flomaton/Brewton, AL. There are some especially beautiful homes! And also -- where are your favorite places to look in FL? My in-laws live there & we are down that way (panhandle to Sarasota) quite often.

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    1. My boyfriend's parents live in Eufaula so we spend a lot of time there. Lots of gorgeous homes.

      As far as Florida goes, I don't really ever go to the panhandle or down the west coast. We stay on the east coast. There are two or three plantations just north of Tallahassee and Monticello has some great ones.

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  4. http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/

    Also saw the home pictured on this site. I think you would appreciate the pictures here....

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    1. I saw it on there last night! I read the comments made by apparent family members so that was pretty interesting.

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  5. I live in south Georgia and have never heard of Elmodel. Now, I'm curious! Old homes are so beautiful. Even in their too-often deteriorated states, they sure spark the imagination, don't they?

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  6. Think of what that house could look like if you got your talented hands on it! Sad to see it sit in disrepair... Happy New Year to you & Todd!

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  7. WoW ! I love how you take the time to notice beauty around you.. love you sweetie xo

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  8. wow, beautuiful!! I love the kind of stuff!

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  9. My first after school/summer job was as a tour guide at a local antebellum home. I think I may have mentioned that before. I live in an area that is home to numerous antebellum homes with lots of history behind them. My junior year of high school, one of our class projects for history was to help restore a plantation that was starting to face ruin and was bought by a family in an effort to preserve it. To see it go from ruins to what it it looked like in its prime and being a part of that restoration was pretty amazing!

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  10. Another crumbling South Georgia house. Love it. And I think it is cool you took the time to do a little research on it. Thanks for sharing.
    Pat

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