Sunday, May 31, 2015

Manatee Historical Village - Inside Cracker House 1920


Sit outside and play checkers, or wander inside and buy any and everything in the local General Store... this one is now a gift shop..

my grandmother sewed on one like this and once stitched her finger. she also caught her fingers in our wringer washer

For a gallery of Florida Cracker homestead photos, that are still standing and preserved, Click here for a slide show..


Check out the size of this bedroom in 1920... the photo is the whole room. Plus this was the bathroom to. Under the cloth is a chamber pot, also known by my family as a slop jar, and you would have washed up in a bowl with a pitcher that would sit on the wash stand.



26 comments:

BlueShell said...

Precious!
and priceless. So nice .

have a great Sunday, dear!
BShell

Mersad said...

Absolutely love that china set. Everything is so ornate!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Mildred said...

I would love to visit. Your photos are great. I recall my grandma sewing her finger, too. That little bedroom is so sweet. I sure would hate to crawl out from under the cover to use the chamber pot, though.

Kathy said...

I sewed my finger! I still have a scar.

Those dishes look pretty elegant for such a simple house. My grandparents had few dishes that even matched!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sandra, I winced over the sewing finger incident. Your poor grandmother! The bedroom is not too bad, I just would prefer a regular bathroom with running water. Another reason why I could not have lived back in those days. Great post! Happy Sunday!

TexWisGirl said...

makes us appreciate our modern conveniences. :)

Madi and Mom said...

OOOOOOh Mom learned how to saw on one of those...no she isn't that old...it belonged to her gma. My human bil made mom a table top to go on the bottom frame. I'll ask mom to snap a photo of it for you.
Hugs madi your bfff

Chatty Crone said...

We have it soooooooooo nice now don't we? It was a danger back then to do work!! My grandma had one of those sewing machines too - loved to play with it when it was not used anymore.

Gail said...

Great pictures. Definitely a place I could get lost in!

barbara l. hale said...

I love going to places like that. Thanks for taking us on a visit.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

When I used to sew a lot, I would worry about getting my finger under the needle..but today's machines are so much safer than the old ones. My family called them slop jars, too!

Ida said...

I'm playing "Blog Catch-Up" today. - I enjoy places like this. You get to see how people use to live and then appreciate how you live in comparison. That small room is mighty small and using a (Chamber Pot) is not my idea of fun. I think visiting the General Store though would be interesting.

DawnTreader said...

My grandmother had a similar sewing machine too but I never saw her use it. When my parents moved into the house many years later they wanted to get rid of it and I had no space for it either, but we gave it to friends of mine with a big house and an interest in antiques. I don't know if they still have it. But seeing this now also reminds me that we also still used machines like that in sewing classes at school when I was 10-12 years old. We had electrical ones too but we had one row of those old ones as well. One of those things that makes me feel VERY OLD when I think about it!!!

Ann Thompson said...

I totally love this. I am however very grateful for my modern conveniences like a toilet that flushes....lol

carolann said...

My sister when she dated. She married a Farmer. And in those days. His Mom came to live with them forever. She died like 90 odd years. She brought even the dishes with her and that sewing machine. She taught my sisters one daughter who was interested. How to sew and knit and bake and preserve.She used a sewing machine like you have posted. To this day she is following her Granny's footsteps. Entered all she was taught into fairs. And she would win first and ribbons.
She was hoping she would have children and one be a girl. No she had three boys. So Sandra your pictures really bring back memories. The lantern, the old furniture. My sister did learn one thing. She was able to do the fancy work on dresses for me when I was three or 4. Not sure what you call it though. It is a design of a zig zag. I am looking at the picture now. I will have to put it up on my blog one day. A yellow dress. I enjoyed your blog as usual. I am reading everyone else's comments.

SweetMarie said...

my grandmother is always sharing childhood memories with me and boy do we have it made!
great photos! Kyle always plays checkers at Cracker Barrel and he loves Chess.

EG CameraGirl said...

Isn't it amazing what small spaces people once live in her in North America? We are so spoiled! (But I don't want to go go back to the "good ole days!")

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

My first sewing lessons were on one of those oldies and it was my finger that also got pierced by a sewing machine needle. But as I got better at sewing at age 14 my father gifted me with an electric one that lasyed for many years well into the early '80's but I gave it away in the early '70's because hubby bought me a Bernina when Buddy came along.
Love those oldies in your photos.

What Karen Sees said...

Love the nostalgia of times gone by The china is lovely. My mom used to collect fine china and hand paint china. I've got some of her things on display, but the majority is packed away in boxes. It makes me sad no one is enjoying them, but fine china is not all that popular these days. I think I need to take it all out, arrange settings and at least photograph it all. I can't think about getting rid of it, but ho knows what will happen to it all when I'm gone!

Michaele said...

Simpler days yet not so simple. Fun to look at and wonder about.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Interesting to look at but I am so glad things have changed.

photowannabe said...

Ah nostalgia,
My Mother in Law had the same treadle machine and sewed on it until alzheimer's robbed her of the ability.
I am so thankful for "modern conveniences".
After being in Haiti, Nicaragua ,Kenya and parts of Mexico I am truly thankful for flushing toilets and to drink water straight from the tap.

pattisjarrett said...

I like how it is set-up and decorated, just like someone lives there.

Linda P. said...

It's a sweet bedroom, In one of our houses when I was a child (which we inherited from some great aunts) we didn't have a bathroom until we added one, only an out house with a wooden box seat toilet. We washed in a tin bath in the kitchen and had the 'facilities' you've shown in the bedroom. I've still got the large white wash basin, but not the pitcher. I love old china like this. I'm glad for our present day mod cons!

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

I love these old things, the sewing machine in particular. Reminds me of my grandmother, she had a similar one.
Isn't old things beautiful? I enjoyed looking at your pictures, and thank you for the little journey back in history.
Enjoy your day!

Eva

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Really enjoyed seeing these items!