In school we spend a lot of time studying the big picture of history... the explorers and the wars and those big cultural movements we consider important enough to capitalize (the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Reformation, etc.). We study our national history (apparently not enough, given the amount of confusion over the Constitution), and usually soak up at least a little state history. But, perhaps because our teachers are tired and curriculum is unavailable, local history tends to be silent, guarded by a few museum keepers and old-timers.
|One of the two original houses on my family's ranch boasts a big kitchen and three additional rooms, each with its own exterior door, or two.|
For writers and history buffs, that means there may well be a treasure trove of facts and stories from which to glean inspiration, to add color and depth to eras of time otherwise overlooked in the history books, and that treasure might be closer than you think!
|Another of the original houses, currently in use as a "band shed" by hubby and sons.|
One of the bedroom walls, still clad in its floral wallpaper, has a bullet hole near the ceiling.
|The stove in the "little red house."|
|The barn, which is still in use for hay storage.|
|The bunkhouse. The original owners apparently put their|
teenage boys in it. Smart.
|Inside the bunkhouse, built-in table and benches.|
Cast iron skillets and utensils are original.
Anybody live in a house with a past? Or in a town that has some intriguing secrets? Have you considered using the tales of your more colorful family members in a story? Why or why not?