Last week, when I found the homestead again, I took pictures of it from the top of the ridge that I had walked back in on. This time, I stood on that ridge, and really wanted to get an up close look. It's way back in the woods, I'm clumsy and it was a decent incline, so I was a bit nervous. But, I had my cell phone with me, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because it was worth it.
The first discovery I made was on the slope itself. Apparently, our lady was a real flower lover, because I found that it was covered with lilies of the valley coming up.
The daffy's were there, but, when I got close, I found that they were so root bound after all these years, that there weren't all that many blooms. I may, since they aren't a native plant, go back there, if I can, and take some for my own garden. I'd like to have a part of the homestead in my own yard.
There's an area full of grass. I wonder if they actually had a lawn back there?
Besides the homestead, itself, I found the remains of a barn.
I "think" that this is a plow, though I can't figure out what that handle thing would be to the left.
The house, itself, is so small. It's hard to tell, because only the basement is left, but, I would bet it wasn't more than a living area, a kitchen area and a sleeping area. With only the basement remaining, that's just a guess.
There was also this structure, built right on the outside of the wall. I am not at all sure what it is. Remnants of a chimney, perhaps?
The outdoor fireplace is gorgeous. It look like, with a new grate, you could go right back to cooking on it.
I decided to see if I could find an easier way out. I thought that, if the head of the trail was still there, there must be remnants of it here in the woods. I walked up towards the head of the valley, an easy walk. I didn't find any trail remnants, but I did run right into one of the old logging trails that are back there. I used that to get back to the trails that I had been on before. Now, I know an easier way to make a visit.
I think I like this lady who lived in the woods and her husband. He built to last, and she created a place of beauty. I hope that their lives were long and happy.