Saturday, November 17, 2007
The old Hembree Farm house is now in its new location. This farmhouse was one of the first permanent structures in the area and was built in the first half of the 19th century sometime. It has been in the same family since it was built. Now the last parcel of land that made up the 640 acre Hembree Farm is to be developed into 6 or 8 high priced McMansions. Fortunately the girl who inherited whats left of the farm wanted to see the old family home preserved. She donated the house and out buildings to the Historical Society as well as an acre of land. The Historical Society will restore the house and kitchen to a mid 19th century condition and use it for a museum and teaching tool. We are fortunate that the same family had the property for its entire life because they have the farm records and a lot of tools from the earliest period and all of it has been donated and is being preserved by the Historical Society. We are also fortunate that the current owner has the vision and willingness to forgo a short term profit in favor of preserving something irreplaceable.
The top picture is of the house underway on it's 500 ft journey to its new home. The second is looking down the very deep hand dug well that was beside the kitchen. All made with hand made bricks as were the 3 fireplaces on the house.