5.01.2014

Snuggled In At Hillside Farm

 
I'm stepping back in time in the beautiful wooded township of Exeter, New Hampshire.  My view of the thick woods, as yet without leaves, whisper tales from the past of previous settlements, the echo of pull and strain as my own ancesters as early as the 1600's felled tall trees in these woods and their horses  pulled out enormous roots.  I wonder how it would feel to live on acres of meadow and woods.  Daffodils spring up wherever in the grass and along the rock walls.  The rocky ground provides an abundance of material for charming rock walls around the perimeters and in the yard.  I'm told the rocks literally push themselves out of the ground after the frozen winter.  That actually sounds a bit magical...but it's the truth.  The ground now is pretty squishy under the leaves of authum.  There are ponds and streams and muddy rivers everywhere.  A windy chill in the air that I suspect comes from the ocean.  We are only a few miles from Portsmouth which is on the coast.
    Let me take you on a tour of Hillside Farm.  Many of the homes are sprawling.  I think each new generation adds to the house with new updates, new rooms, more modern conveniences, which this home has all of the above.  We are staying in the front wing which is the original portion of the house.  A lovely home in the day and of course still is.  Wide plank pine floors, brick fireplaces in the parlor, dining room, and kitchen with cooking irons still in place.  Their are 3 staircases.  The homes foundation which can be seen down in the spooky basement is made of huge granite boulders surrounded by mortar.  It sits on 5 acres with a pond.  There's another rock foundation in the back with clay pipes sticking out of the walls.  Could it have been an earlier home?  Maybe a cooking kitchen?

Sideview

View from the back. Looking down into the meandering property.



All of the doors and hardware are original to the home.

 

A boot scraper by each door.  This is a good idea for every home.
 
What yummy aromas would come from an open stove.  It also has a brick oven which has been covered with a kitchen shelf.  Hand painted tiles are on the side.

What a fun place to discover the past.  Later I will show you treasures in the barn.  I must go discover some more....til then.



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