During my trip to Tennesee in June, we had several things planned to do. One of these we were most excited about was visiting 'The Homeplace'. Located at the Land Between the Lakes, it is a replica of a working 1850s farm. Many original structures, and without anything modern in view! There are volunteers on site every day doing the normal tasks of the 19th-century inhabitants - gardening, quilting, cooking, plowing, tending the animals, etc.
(read the link above to find out more about the site)
The houses are also fully furnished, and you can wonder through the entire site at your leisure. I thought this was just the best - not like being in some sort of stiff museum display, but instead you could really get the feel of a mid-century home.
It was just like a painting as we approached.
I loved the pie safes and the woodstove in the kitchen!
Two volunteers at work in the kitchen.
Herbs grown on site were hanging up to dry in the kitchen, filling the air with a wonderful aroma!
It was so interesting to be able to poke around and even open up the cabinets to see what was inside! I felt a little like I had gone back in time and was snooping around in someone else's house! lol.
It was fun, though.
Clothes hanging on pegs in the upstairs bedroom.
Feather mattresses and hand-sewn quilts were hanging out on the porch railings to air.
A view unspoiled by modern structures.
In one of the barns/workshops we encountered a friendly fellow who did much of the woodworking and blacksmithing for the place. When we came up he was sharpening a few saws.
They had chickens, pigs, a horse and mule, and oxen who all live on site.
Even the animal breeds are types chosen because they are period correct. Very neat!
This was my very favorite spot. Next to the smaller house was the most charming little fenced in herb and flower garden. I'd like to have one just like it someday!