Thursday, February 11, 2016

Good Fence Thursday - Historical Village


Stephen's House, Manatee Historical Village. Fencing is every where.


In 1920 my great grandfather built and identical swing like this one, he hung it on the front porch of their house in Palmetto. One very much like this house. I spent many happy hours swinging and reading. One foot dangling and my head on a pillow, push and rock, push and rock and read... My grandmother died in 1969 and mother brought the swing home to Savannah from here. It hung on our back porch until my mother died in 1989 and it came back here to live in my back yard.

Our dog Max and MadSnapper in Oct 1989... Bob did hang it the next week and I read in it for many years. Because it was not on a covered porch, eventually it rotted and died at age 90, the swing not ME...

Manatee Village is a trip back in time to my childhood.

Joining TexWisGirl at Good Fence Thursday


22 comments:

Linda said...

That Old Porch Swing is a favorite song of Louis Dean's! I like the song "Just A'Swinging" myself!! I used to have a swing much like yours. It was hung under an old ash tree on the side of the house - right beside the sewing room. It, too, died of rot and old age just as that old ash tree did!
I love LOVE that photo of you from 1989! We were both YOUNG back then!!!
We loved swings THEN and we love them NOW!

TexWisGirl said...

some sweet fences. and even sweeter story of the traveling swing. :)

diane b said...

Its great for memories to visit such a place. A lovely story about the swing.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the look of the swing but I could never sit in one without feeling seasick. Isn't that sad?

Madi and Mom said...

What a well built and loved swing. Wow 90! None built today would last that long. Imagine the stories that swing heard over the years.
Beautiful post
Hugs madi and mom

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, Sandra! Nice story on the porch swing. I love the last shot with you and your dog Max. Great fence shots.
Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the story of the swing. So glad it wasn't you who rotted and died. That cracked me up. Lol That first shot looks like it wants to be framed and hanging on the wall. Love the Max and you photo.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I love porch swings....reading, an icy glass of lemonade/ice tea and a balmy quiet afternoon...perfect.

I'm enjoying the historical tour.

Denise inVA said...

I liked the story of your old porch swing. That was a lot of rocking and history.

Snapper II said...

Great post.


SweetMarie said...

really neat story of your swing. love the pic of you and Max. :)
I still would like to have a swing here for me and my pups to rock in. :)
I was born in 1969. Kyle will be 20 this year, my great-grandmother would have been 120 this year. my dad is turning 70, my uncle is turning 60 and a cousin of mine will be 40...all this year. :) I wish I was turning 40 again. lol

hugs,
Marie

Rose said...

Life is just better viewed from a swing. If I had a house big enough, I would have one inside. The friend of a friend of Roger's actually did.

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful swing memory (also just love the fences!)!!

Ida said...

Great fences in Manatee village and I loved the story of your porch swing. It sure lasted a long time.

Christine said...

I'd love to visit this village with all its quaint charm! Really enjoyed learning about your swinging memories!! Everything falls apart sooner or later! Great post.

Linda P said...

The Manatee Village is so picturesque with all the different fences and porches. Loved hearing about the story of the swing. So many have used it and a great photo of you sitting in the swing.

Ann said...

My dream house would have a big covered front porch with a swing. Your grandfather did a good job building that swing for it to last that long.

Ruth Hiebert said...

That's is so cool how the swing was moved from place to place and always was a special piece on the porch.

pattisjarrett said...

There are a lot of nice fences. I'm glad you outlasted the swing! It lived to a ripe old age, a testimony to the quality of workmanship and materials put into it. There was one like this on the front porch of my maternal grandparents' house.

Gail said...

I love swings.

If I could have a dream home, it would be more like these but with insulation, indoor plumbing and lots of electrical outlets.

Felicia said...

ooooo a lovely place to visit and learn history.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a sweet story and beautiful memory. I can just picture you reading on that swing when you were younger. Love the photo of you on the swing in your backyard!