It would have been magnificent in the year of 1859, a vista of forests, meadows, and springs of cold and clear water. It was the year that the land, which has been our home for almost forty years, was first taken as a homestead. Native Americans, who once roamed the land where they hunted and fished and gathered berries, roots, and nuts, had been pushed out to live on reservations which opened up the land for homesteading.
The old house with wooden shingled roof, which had been built after the land was homesteaded, was still standing when we bought the property. Dan took the old house apart, board by board, each of virgin pine, which he later used to build a barn and a chicken coop. The chicken coop has since been converted to a "feed house" where feed for the horses and dogs is stored. Each day at feeding time, I can't help but admire the weathered boards, still so solid and strong. Likewise is the door still solid and strong, which was once the front door of the old homesteader's home, and still standing the test of time.
|The door on the right is the original door found in the old house.|
|Many of the old boards used in construction of the barn are well-preserved today.|