Monday, December 17, 2007

Fun Monday - #23 Story of Your House and Road

Kitten at Kitten's Homeschool has taken time out of her busy schedule to be the gracious hostess this week. In her words - this is what she wants us to do:

This week for Fun Monday I thought it would be neat to hear about the story behind your home and the road you live on. It doesn't have to be historical, maybe just something that stands out to you. It would be nice to have pictures to go with your little story. I also would like to know who has the oldest house. Whoever has the oldest house will get a little Christmas treat from little ole me.

My story isn't so much about my home (it's just a plain jane townhome built in 1989, situated between a major highway and a bunch of other houses) but it's "location". I live on property which used to part of a 260 year old estate built on a hill overlooking the Potomac River. This home is now part of the county's historical society and is called Rippon Lodge.

This house is being restored back to it's original state and they had a holiday open house this past Saturday, which unfortunately, I missed. I have walked down to it a couple of times in the past (usually in the fall when they have a Harvest Festival) and was rather amazed at what I saw, as far as the progress they have made. You can no longer do so, because the county sold some more of the property (like they did years ago, when my townhouse was built) and condos and more townhouses have been put up right up to the edge of this historical property. It really is a shame, because you can see the construction now, when you stand in the graveyard (yes, I have been there). It was such a beautiful view all around the house and now you can only appreciate it on 3 sides instead of all 4!

Back to the reason that I chose to write about this home and how it relates to my home. Years ago, they changed the entrance to the Lodge from off of the highway to another entrance off a much quieter and smaller road in the neighborhood. I live on Gatehouse Terrace. If you go to the end of my street and go up a little hill, then look to the left ... there stands the original brick columns that were part of the gate at the gatehouse of the original entrance. Pretty cool, huh!

I have pictures of them somewhere ... that's the problem - somewhere ... and they aren't digital - hence the reason I don't have a clue where to look for them !!

Make sure to go visit Kitten and read the stories about other people's homes.


kitten said...

Really Cool!

Rachel (Crazy-Is) said...

That's cool, but kind of bittersweet. But, at least the house has been preserved.

frannie said...

very neat!

Michele_3 said...

That's really cool, I love historic homes.It always makes me wonder about all the stories behind them.

Thanks for always checking in with me and keeping my dad in your prayers! truly appreciate it! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Tiggerlane said...

Oooh...that is awesomely cool! How nice to live on a piece of history! You will have to show us those columns sometime!

ChrisB said...

How cool that you live on such an historic location. Also how lovely that the old house is being restored. I bet those brick columns are impressive!

Peter said...

Late commenting--- so many great posts to read, thanks for yours.

Joy T. said...

I was out of town for this FM but I'm still visiting as many as I can. This is great, love that historical home. And the original brick columns sound very cool too. Amazing how things can stand up over time.

SJINCO said...

I miss all the historic aspects of your area and of Washington DC. I shouldn't have taken it for granted when I lived there. Will you tour the Smithsonian's with us when we decide to bring the boys there?