Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Another fun day with the girls...

It's not even time to shop yet, but, shop we did. After we went to Farmington. Like a grand old dame, this timeless home stands tall and proud. This house is a home in which Abraham Lincoln stayed for 3 weeks while he was separated from Mary Todd Lincoln. He was a friend of Joshua Speed, a son of the prominent Speed family in Louisville. While attempting to uplift his spirits, before he was president, Joshua's Mother invited him to stay at their home for a while. I admire Lincoln, at least what I have learned from history. Such a turbulent time to be alive and to have to make the decisions he was responsible for must have been such a burden. Isn't he one person you would like to talk to? I would.

Here's the house
and the spring house. We couldn't take pictures inside. It was a very elegant home with all kinds of modest antiques. A lot of pieces that would have been used at the time, but, nothing remains of the original home. It is sad that, but, a necessary thing that people can't keep the original house together. It was owned by several private people, who one by one sold off the property until it was 18 acres and a home bought by the historical society in Louisville.

An interesting note, t
he crop that was farmed here was hemp. It is a very labor intensive crop and required many young African men to harvest it. This is a monument to those slaves that worked there. It gets a bad wrap, because people think it's marijuana, but, according to our guide, it's not. Fabric and rope are made from hemp.

After we went to Farmington, we
went down the road to the Derby City Antique mall. The building was an old school house. Here's what I bought. Too cute! I also saw so many things that are "all the rage today". There were lots and lots of aprons. So very cute. I really wanted to buy this one, but, it's hard to buy things when I think "I can make that"
Here's part of the group looking at an antique spool quilt FOR $25 DOLLARS!!! Why is it that material arts aren't valued, monetarily, but they are the most treasured thing to lots of people. We have a nursing home ministry at our church, and that's the one thing they all want to bring with them to the nursing home-the quilt they made or were given as a gift-to them it is priceless. Of course most of us do it for the tribal thing, women getting together around a hobby we enjoy.

Happy Quilting!


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