Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrating Mother's day 2018 at Harper House and Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

Summer break is officially here! I have lots of catching up to do. Quite a few blog posts to come! :-)

 Hayley researched the area and planned out Mother's Day for me and it was to visit a lovely historic home called Harper House located in Hickory, NC. We had a bit of a drive to get there but it was worth it! We love touring historic homes! We also enjoyed a nice meal out and enjoyed spending the day together.

Harper House is an absolutely beautiful Queen Anne's style Victorian home, that was so beautiful to tour and learn about it's history. A lovely restoration job has been done on the home with a lot of original possessions from the family that once inhabited it.

    We sure don't see homes built like this anymore.... so beautiful and so much attention to details!

       An amazing wrap around porch perfect for entertaining and relaxing after a long day at work.

The interior was just as exquisite. I took many pictures, too many to share them all, lol... but I wanted to highlight some features of the home to give you an idea of how lovely it was inside.

It has always amazed me how much cooking was done in such tiny little kitchens back then! Not to mention no A/C and extreme temperatures here in the South! Like today for instance it is over 100 degrees with humidity! I can't imagine cooking in a small kitchen with not much ventilation back then. I don't do well with the heat as it is! ;-) But there was no fast food so if you wanted to eat, you had to get cooking! ;-)

Gorgeous ceilings, some of which had to be reproduced due to damage and neglect over the years.

Beautiful antiques all throughout the house. A time when families still took so much pride in what they had. Sadly today not everyone sees it that way.... Just so quick to get ahead but never taking the time to slow down and enjoy what is right in front of them.

These are original silhouettes of the previous homeowners that are all around the walls in the upstairs room. Beautiful stained glass windows through out the home as well.

Dining room was all set up and ready for the next meal. I love how much love and effort was put into family meals years ago. In our home we always have dinners together as a family and share about our day. I still enjoy entertaining with fine china and cloth napkins too. In fact we eat off china plates every day. Each day we are here is a blessing so we should live it to the fullest.

                                   This was part of the original chimney out on the porch.

 This last building is the carriage house/garage in the back but it hadn't been restored fully yet so we couldn't go in.

We also found out that underneath the porch at the back of the home there was a bomb shelter... unfortunately that area was closed off too but I would have loved to see it. From the outside you would never know it was there.

On the way back from our visit we saw a sign for Bunker Hill covered bridge. It is the only covered bridge that has not be moved from its original spot and is still standing. That was really neat to stop  and see too.

Sadly some very disrespectful people decided it was ok to spray paint graffiti on the sides of it and all through the inside walls. :-( Just breaks my heart to see history treated that way.....

Just imagine all the stories these walls hold.... can you hear the clip clop of the horses hooves as they tread along?

It was such a gorgeous day and I found myself wishing my mom could be there with us to experience it all...

Though beautiful... we got some eerie feelings being out and about in these woods and the surrounding area....

For a special gift for me, Hayley did one of her paintings of a favorite picture I had of my mom and I. It turned out so beautifully, I cried when she gave it to me. The reflections make it a little hard to see, but I tried to capture it as best as I could. :-) Thank you Hayley for such a precious, treasured gift.. I love it!

This is the original and it was taken a few years back on Mother's Day at a local park and lake we were visiting. Always fond memories with my mom.....

Both my girls made my day so very, very special. I love them more then I can ever put into words and I treasure every single day I have with them. Hope you all had an amazing Mother's Day too!!



Red Rose Alley said...

Hello Jill,
What a charming historic home you stayed at for Mother's Day. I liked seeing the kitchen area, and the fireplace stones are so unique - the one with the girl especially. The woods surrounding the area are so pretty and peaceful. I would enjoy taking a walk through them. That was a nice gift that Hayley gave you. I just loved what you said.... "just so quick to get ahead but never taking the time to slow down and enjoy what is right in front of them." That is true, and a reminder to appreciate all that we have.

Enjoy these summer days, Jill. It's getting warmer every day, but there was a little breeze today.


Nonnie said...

Your girls have learned from you about making people feel special. What a beautiful home to visit and your photos are all so good. It somehow looks familiar to me, but I don't think we've been there. I love the bridge and yes, what is the matter with people today who have no respect for anything. Such selfishness. The artwork your daughter did with that picture of you and your mother is probably one of the best gifts ever. It will be a treasure to you always. We never stop missing our mothers.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Harpers House looks like a real gem. And what a thoughtful Mothers Day gift! That's a wonderful photo of you and the girls too -- perhaps someday that will be rendered in art as well!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Love old houses and antiques. You sure had a nice mother's day. I like that you use your china for everyday.....why not, otherwise they just sit in the cabinet and get used maybe 1 or 2 times a year. Have a great night. Enjoy your blog.

Connie said...

What a beautiful post and a lovely family. You are truly blessed with those sweet girls. Your new painting will become a treasure , I know.
Thanks for the gorgeous home tour. I was most impressed by the ceiling work . . . so pretty. Oh, and the carriage house, that is beautiful . . . that's the one I would want for a home :) Give me the simple life, LOL.
Jill, you asked how I keep squirrels from the garden. That's kind of funny, because our old home is 3 miles from here and we had squirrels everywhere. We've been here 4 years now and have only spotted two so far.
Have a lovely week.
Connie :)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a lovely Mother's Day outing for you Jill. How nice the girls made it so special, by planning and researching the adventure. Harper House is gorgeous with all the old wallpapers and sweet little kitchen. I love covered bridges and this one is a beauty. Our daughter lives in New England and we always visit the covered bridges there. Your daughter is quite the talented artist! I know your heart loves her meaningful gift! I hope you are inside sipping a glass of iced tea on this very hot and humid day. ♥

Billie Jo said...

The painting???
It is beyond beautiful!
Please tell your daughter she is amazingly talented!
And thank you for sharing the photos and information of the beautiful home.
I loved everything.
And your words about living and enjoying and appreciating what we have?
So very true.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really had a special celebration! I sure miss my kids now that they are grown up. It's FUN when they are all at home. Love the ceilings on the historic house and the covered bridge is awesome. You got great photos! Hugs!

McVal said...

What a gorgeous place!!! And what a thoughtful gift...
You are truly blessed with fine girls.

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh how did I miss this for Mother's Day - I can see you had a GREAT one - how awesome of a house was that?

Simone said...

Wow! I'm speechless! What a beautiful portrait. She is so very talented. Love how beautiful you and your girls are and together, a special friendship. Miss hearing and seeing you and your family.

Carla from The River said...

What a treasure, I got goose bumps reading about the gift Hayley gave you. It is beautiful! What a talented and wonderful young lady.

A special family you have my friend!
Love, Carla

Barb said...

Hi Jill~

What a wonderful day you guys had! That is a magnificent home! The inside is gorgeous!! I have always loved antiques and have many of them in my home. It always shocks me when people want to get rid of gorgeous old furniture so they can...stay current. The house really reminded me of your taste, it was very elegant! The covered bridge was beautiful. And I'm with you, why do people think they can destroy these treasures?!

Haley is a wonderful artist, what a treasure!! I'll bet you really were missing your mom during, Mother's Day, big hugs to you.

Hugs and Love,