When I was staying with Molly Weston for my mini "tour" of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, she took me by this restored 1872 farmhouse in Apex NC. A local group has done a wonderful job of furnishing and caring for the building and I was delighted to be given a closer look.
I've always loved old houses and now I'm taking notes (and pictures), never knowing when something might be useful in a book.
This very early treadle machine -- could this be what Little Sylvie wanted so badly that she married Mr. Tomlin to get it? And that parasol -- what widowed belle might wield this ruffled black silk beauty?
Did Miss Birdie get a refrigerator like this when electricity came to Ridley Branch? Or did Odessa and Inez have one in their home in Dewell Hill?
This little object brought back happy memories for me. My grandmother had one and when I was 'helping' her, it was my job to operate it. I'll bet some of you know what it is.