Going Inside a Civil War Era Farmhouse
Giant Black Walnut trees frame this mid-19th century farmhouse in the northwest mountains of Rutherford County in this image from this morning. Located a mile west of the historic Rutherford Trace trail of Revolutionary War fame, this two story farmstead was the home to four generations of the Connor family, and, although currently unoccupied, remains in the same family today. Other than indoor plumbing, a metal roof, and electrical wiring, the house has been preserved in its original state.
…and after yelling and knocking, I knew that no one was there. I went inside and found perfectly preserved plank walls, floor, and ceiling.
This March 2015 image shows the hand stacked rock chimney, and the original unpainted exterior boards, all cut from trees that existed on the site. Recent porch repair indicates that the family might be preparing to occupy the old house again. Water originally came from Otter Creek, that flows near the rear of the house.
This six foot cascade is just 100 yards behind the house. A constant supply of water played an important role in the longevity of the farm, and the ruins of an old water mill are visible just downstream. Two large mill stones stand in the front yard.
By chance during one of my walks last November, I found the back door slightly open…
You have to imagine the interior without this furniture. The wood is most likely Southern White Pine, which is still prevalent in the surrounding forest. The doorway leads to a bed chamber. Notice the construction of the doors. Very original. The front door is on the left.
The ceiling is low, and the double hung windows replaced original shutters.
So many of these old farm houses were lost to fire and abandonment. Think of all the solitary stone chimneys you have seen while driving through the mountains. How rare that one of these treasures has survived so intact.
Two Appalachian farm women in the 1930’s beside their log house.