“A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.”
While this is the technical definition of what a homestead is, to me it is defined as “family” because that’s what I see as I walk on the property I live on especially as I walk through the home that still stands on this beautiful piece of land.
As I walk through the house I can imagine it being filled with small children and hard-working, loving parents and grandparents that made this small house a home.
On the hot summer days I can see the whole family sitting on the porch passing the time by reading a good book, knitting or just sitting around talking until the cool of the night set in.
The beams in the house are spectacular; no two are alike. The uniqueness is undeniable.
The upstairs is very narrow and during the summer feels like a hot oven!
Outside of the house is the well house that holds the well and other items the family wanted to keep covered from the elements.
The tin roof on the house is rusty and patinaed to a beautiful copper color. It really adds a wonderful contrast to the wood. It’s a piece of art in every way. As I stand back and look at this rustic relic I can envision a family that toiled and worked the land with many ups and downs while living there but forever keeping the faith and pressing on to create a home for their family. Not much has changed from 100 years ago; we all want to create a loving home to raise our children in and for that place to be a soft landing for them to return to when the world gets hard.