The privy is the only structure not drawn on my map and I don't know the exact location of it. All I know about it is that it is somewhere on the neighbor's 5 acres. I could probably locate the filled in well. It's on the drawing my cousin made, plus I've been given directions to it by several relatives. As for gaining permission...possibly...but I have no time for it right now. I've had that idea in mind for a while, but it's on the back burner.
We've uncovered some surprising things in the yard...including an old brick walkway which led from the back porch steps to where the old cistern was located (no longer there). It was all grassed over and I had no idea it was there.
Now that we have the metal detector, we will use it carefully around any area prior to planting more trees in our orchard. I'm using it prior to turning new flower beds, too. I do have a wood frame with a screened bottom that I use for the pieces of "treasure" we find. I just wish we'd turn up gold or another cash crop that would give us funds to work on the house! I don't think any of my relatives buried cash or coins, but I can always hope! We have almost 4 acres, and that's a lot of ground to cover! Especially when every shovel turns up something! Tree roots are also a problem because we have a century old pecan grove plus many other large trees, in addition to our fledgling home orchard.
My house was built in 1913 by my great-grandparents. It's the original family homestead and I'm the fourth generation to own it. My grandmother inherited it, then my father, now I own it. It remained empty for about 20 years after my grandfather passed away in the mid 1980's, but my father lived next door and kept it maintained.
Any old house needs maintenance and repairs, but structurally, it is a fine old house. It needs a lot cosmetically, but it is a happy house with good strong bones. It has the original clapboard (might be cypress) under the asbestos siding. I'm just leaving the siding on to protect it until we can restore the clapboard. It has original windows, high ceilings and heart pine floors. Original beadboard in the kitchen. Large rooms and nice big porches. The front porch columns are gone, but I found some salvaged solid cypress columns for a song that are from the right period and style and have been restoring them. Got sidetracked on that due to other chores related to living the homestead life, but hopefully by summer they will be back on the front porch.
My great-grandparents' 1913 farmhouse
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