“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be disqualified.”
This Land Run property was among the first developed on hundreds of acres of beautiful farm land and fields. Surrounding the house was nothing but forests, fields, and wildlife. A 1920s era farm house was situated exactly where the current farm house stands.
At the time of our purchase, a pioneer-era dugout and a lean-to that appeared to have been built later were still visible just south of the main barn, where the ground dips down toward the creek. The pioneer owners obviously wanted access to clean running water. As one generation after another acquired and improved the property, each made improvements that made life there sustainable.
The lily-filled watering trough is dated 1927. The large barns were build around the 1940s to 1950s and the barn now housing the large workshop was a dairy barn when we bought the property. You can still see where doors leading into grain bins used to be if you look at the original barn siding on the north end of the shop.
Also on the property at the time of our purchase were a number of outbuildings such as a chicken house, tool shed, tractor shed, and cyclone cellar full of cobweb-covered canned fruits, vegetables, and jellies. We left these alone, other than leveling them for reasons of safety. Underground, somewhere between today’s pool and the ‘dog yard’ east of the guest cottage are the cellar and artifacts from these structures. We kept the gate leading into the chicken yard, and it hangs on the east side of the pool house now.
Throughout the property, one finds old farm implements that survived previous owners and have found their way onto the walls of the barn, or lean up against the house in the west herb garden. Trees on a property line to the northwest have grown around and into an old plow. Horseshoes hanging here and there in the farm house, guest cottage, and barn were all found on the property. We honored those artifacts as caretakers of a homestead we knew would outlive us.
We hope new owners will do likewise.
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