What a delight to see the "then" and "now" pictures, Naomi!! I am glad the new owners have kept (most of) the original. I think it is better you keep the farm as a dear memory, I understand it could make you sad to see changes in the inner architecture/design. What lovely memories and what a wonderful place!
What wonderful pictures! Just fascinating!
Oh Naomi...! This is just almost too incredible for words!!! How absolutely amazing to discover all this, and to be able to see all those pictures.
I understand that you don't want to go back, I wouldn't either, I would prefer the memories I had of the way it was when it was special to me.
Interstingly enough, we walked through our old home for the last time on the weekend before handing it over to the new owners. I think your post really struck a chord with me given that we did this just yesterday!
A really, truly wonderful post! Thanks for sharing something so special!!
Naomi, I bet that was a surprise when you found the listing and pictures for "The French Manor"....It must have been fun talking to the new owners and telling them about your days at the house...
I can understand why you wouldn't want to go back. Your memories of the house are meant to be of the days that you were there. I remember going back to my old high school, and seeing all of the changes. They were changes that were better, but it just wasn't the same....you know what I mean...
It looks like a bed and breakfast I would like to stay in. Have a good week, Naomi.
The place looks sooo romantic and idyllic. I love it! I think being there or just looking the pictures can make one feel inspired or something like that.
Great memories and I suppose jarring revelations about how things change.
Have you tried to contact the current proprietors about your connection to the farm and to set the record straight? I'm sure that having the real history available would be more interesting -- more human, if you will -- than something created from whole cloth.
How incredible to come across those "now photo's"!! And that first one being the exact same angle of the outside that you had !!! I wonder what the chances were of that happening!
Fantastic pictures as always Naomi!! You never cease to amaze me~
WOW! What a wonderful story and how great that someone has taken as good a care of the Farm as when you were young. I love it when people keep the integrity of a building and make only changes that enhance it but don't take away from the original. How great that you were able to find the photos...
BTW...I'm having a contest at my place - please come play!!!
Was your home in the book "The Good Life"? It looks just like one I saw in there. I don't have the book with me, (I sold it for a small fortune on eBay. LOL) but this home looks so familiar to me.
I got the name of the book wrong. I looked it up. This is the book I was referring to:
A WONDERFUL TIME
By Slim Aarons
Well I'll be dipped! Nice piece of history you got there, Young Lady.
This is so memorable and I totally agreed with you about remembering as it was before....how true when it comes to remember all the good times and throw out the bad ya.
Have a lovely day my dear friend.
Your "past and present" pictures are delightful. What a lovely place it was.... and still is! I'd love to indulge myself with a couple of nights B&B at "The French Manor"! Nice to know that the place is still giving pleasure to people.
Your pictures of the family gatherings are super, very nice memories, and I think I would not like to go back either... keep the memories as they are!
Naomi: after reading your post and then leaving a comment, I just had to go to The French Manor website to have a peek... it looks like a spendid place! Lucky people who get to spend a few days there!
How serendipitous to have found your old home that way - and to have so many before and after photos. I am glad the old homestead is still recognizable. I can certainly understand YOU not wanting to go back there, but I would now love to visit, especially knowing your connection.
Another wonderful post. It must have been really exciting for you to talk to the new owners (and them to talk to you!).
I did go look at their website and it is a site to behold. When you talked to them, were they willing to correct the information on their website? Or let it be?
I agree - I wouldn't want to go back and see The Farm now. Memories are best left untouched and remembered just the way they were.
Hugs from Anne
That is amazing that you found the website and all the "now" pictures. It is understandable that you wouldn't want to go back. I think your memories should stay intact the way they are :)
It's fun to see the history vs. the present. I did that when I went back to my birth state in 2004. It was weird to see things that my father had built, creations that outlasted him. That's kind of a weird thought, isn't it? That the earth has been here longer and will be here longer than humans.
I love your memories of the farm. But I also love that you talked to the daughter of the present owners and that she was so nice to you. That's pretty special, indeed.
How wonderful to find those photos Naomi! Amazing how it looks the same, especially since we know part of the buildings history. Amazing.
I imagine this represents the true meaning of ambivalence, on the one hand it is there and kept up and reminds you of happy things and on the other hand it is all so foreign. It was truly a beautiful place though, and I'm glad you have some happy memories from there and that you found a picture of your mother smiling.
Hi Naomi! I can finally leave a comment.......don't know what was up with my computer and your site....weird.
Abundance......thats the word that comes to mind.....the farm is so full of stories.....the lives, the interactions.....the personal stories......the emotions.....all in abundance.
I can understand why you don't want to return.....I have been thinking about whether or not one can go "back" really ever....and I don't think you can. Given that your memorable connection to this wonderful place encapsulates the stories which are near to your own heart, returning to the setting would somehow tarnish them.
ps. loved your birthday pics too.....beautiful women one and all.
What a neat story and I can so relate to your not wanting to go there to see it inside.
I grew up on an 80 acre farm with a very simple farmhouse (two littler houses pulled together which was common in those days) and when my parents sold it, I was almost 18.
Missing it, I dreamed for years that I had bought it back. Then one year we drove up the dead-end road and the home had been totally remodeled and a road went beyond to a housing development of 10 acre homesites and nice homes. I asked the owner of the house where I grew up if I could have a rock from the fallen down rock wall and he said sure. He invited me in when I told him I had grown up there. I said no thanks. I didn't want to see it. After that I never dreamed again about rebuying it.
It was a great family house. I wonder if the present owners showed any interest in seeing your old photos when you spoke to them. All they would have to do is click onto your web- site . But you may like to remain anon and I understand that as I understand you not wishing to return.
Wonderful post, Naomi! Huckleberry Hill Farm is really a gorgeous place! Google and Internet are truly amazing. It was fantastic that you see this photo on Internet and can show to us the older photos side by side with the news one! I am also glad the new owners have kept your house beautiful as it was!
Congratulations! Great post, Naomi!
It was and is, gorgeous... yes! I would bet that the current owners would be tickled pink to be able to talk to you and see your pictures, especially since your parents were the ones who built it. Perhaps they have a scrapbook or display case documenting part of the history and to talk to you would be amazing!
Oh, Naomi how special it is to know that a place that holds so many memories, still exists. Thank you for sharing. Pat from NY.
Oh my God, that is FASCINATING! I wondered if the Kress that your dad sold the place to was the Kress from the chain of stores and I see from the website that he was. I would love to visit this place, especially with you giving a guided tour, but I understand why that would be too sad for you.
Can you see your old bedroom in the photos? Can you imagine sleeping there again as part of a hotel? Wild.
Did you ever see the movie "I Married a Nazi," based on Oscar Schisgall's book "Swastika?"
I agree with R. Sherman, you should contact the current owners and share your photos and accurate history of the place with them. I think they would really appreciate it.
This was like being in a time travel machine, going back and forth. I like the way you put this post together Naomi.
They should be very happy to talk to you, Naomi, and learn the true history of the home!
It must be wonderful to know that so many people are making memories there too.
I love it when you do posts like this!!!! The memories are wonderful! And what glorious home!!!!!
Fabulous photos! It is great to look back in time!
Garden pics over at mine. xx
The then and now pix are fun. I don't think I would want to return either.
I love seeing the then and now photos.
What a fantastic place it was and still is.
It is wonderful how preserved the home and grounds are. I am so glad that the current owners are keeping the place in pristine condition and allowing others to enjoy it.
I can't help but wish that your mom & dad would have been in a loving and nurturing marriage, so that your childhood years would have been filled with more happy memories. I know you loved Huckleberry Hill Farm, and I am glad for every good moment you enjoyed there.
It is so beautiful!
Wow, that was eerie. I'm glad it's still there but makes me feel sad that times have changed so much. If I were to look at the house I grew up in, all I will see is a sewage plant standing in its place. The town took it via eminent domain. I still dream about it.
The "Then and Now" pics sort of made me sad in a nostalgic kind of way. The pictures are fantastic!
I often thought I wanted to see inside my childhood homw. I saw it from the outside about 15 years ago and it looked almost exactly the same. I had heard of changes inside.
But now that you mention it, I agree that I have no need to see it. It would probably just be strange and wrong to see all those "memories" I hold in my head and in photos looking any different than the way I will always picture them.
How amazing Naomi! I'm so glad that this lovely home is still pretty much as it was back then and being enjoyed by so many as a B&B! I love the name Huckleberry Hill too!
Thanks for showing these wonderful pictures. I'm going to check out the website now!!
Wow, to see the "then and now" photos is remarkable! I'm so glad that your home is being so well taken care of and so many are able to enjoy it's beauty.
I think I'd be tempted to go see it though! ;)
Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
I expect you have mixed emotions viewing the pictures "now" of your home so many years ago. Think you have the right attitude, recognizing the structural quality has been valued and preserved, just as you have your treasured memories in memory and pictures. Thanks for sharing all here.
I can totally understand the mixed emotions, Naomi. You had a magnificent home - and now that it is a well-cared for Bed & Breakfast, there is both nostalgia and sadness. I am glad someone is taking care of it though, and it didn't fall into disrepair.
Oh, WOW....did I ever enjoy this post!
I went to the French Manor site (remember I asked you if it was designed from something from France, because it reminded me so much of many I've seen there) and I have to say....this was a very nice example of something that, like fine wine, aged gracefully and only got better.
I thought the place was just stunning and it really IS perfect for a B&B, with the spectacular inside and those grounds.
I'm wondering if that ceiling in the dining room now is original? Did you father have that done? Stunning!
Ooooh, I'd love to visit The French Manor.....and it warmed my soul to see somebody bought it and loved it enough to keep it the way it should be. I would have hated to think perhaps it was razed for some modern condos! You should be very proud of your beautiful old home, with so many memories. It would make me feel so good...that time has been SO kind to that place. And thanks for the follow-up about you speaking to the current owners, as that was on my question list for you.....lol
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