It was raining this day, but the house was no less beautiful. This is actually the rear of the house, with a reconstructed porch.
The last day of my Tennessee trip, Mr. Ramsey, myself, Albert, and Maggie and I traveled up to Louisville to see Locust Grove, a home built in 1790 by William and Lucy Clark Croghan. Mr. Cushing gave us the full tour and weathered by interrogative questions like a champ. The story of the restoration of Locust Grove was fascinating, especially how they came to discover that the walls were painted verdigris (obnoxioussss!), and the discovery of the original wallpaper in the 2nd-storey greatroom. If you can visit Locust Grove, I highly recommend it, especially during the Jane Austen Festival, which I unfortunately missed this past year. More about Locust Grove here: http://www.locustgrove.org/
Verdigris, see? It was rather greener than this, to my eye, and in no short supply. My question is how long it stayed on the walls before someone decided it was too obnoxious and repainted.
Mr. Cushing informed us that this was real liquor, lol.
The doo-dads in the house made it feel as if the inhabitants had just stepped out. It also made me really want tea.
I noticed this style of chair was quite popular, painted in various ways. Bright blue chairs in this style were also in Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage
Still wishing for tea…
The outbuildings were constructed fairly recently over the footprints of the originals. These included the smokehouse and kitchen.
That was it for my trip to Tennessee (and Kentucky, and Indiana). The next morning I hopped my flights back to boring ole Nevada, and had to leave the 18th century behind. It made such an impression on me, though. Just being in the landscape felt so…historical, if that makes sense. :-). Special thanks to Brian Cushing for giving us the tour, to Maggie and Albert for being fantastic hosts, to Michael Ramsey for the wonderful tea and good company, and to Tom and Toni Tumbusch for being amazing dance hosts and callers. I miss you all already!