The Beauty of Appalachia

| 5/16/2014 10:01:00 AM

Tags: Appalachian Women, Farmland Protection, Perserving Heritage, Renea Winchester,

City Life, Country GardenI usually write about gardening, and sometimes sprinkle in stories about spectacularly special people I meet during my life-journey. Today I want to tell you about a magical place, The Historic Monteith Farmstead, located in Dillsboro, North Carolina. Those who have boarded the Great Smoky Mountains Railway when it departed Dillsboro probably missed a hidden gem, one that was nestled down in the flatland within walking distance of the train depot. Perhaps that is why the house survived. Sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight.

It is no secret that old homes call me. They whisper come … see … listen to the secrets I have to tell.

Every home has a story waiting to be told; just like every person.

The Monteith Farmstead was constructed in, or around, 1908. It is a simple house. Two stories. Front porch. Gabled roof. A structure built to shelter a family for many generations. It was what I call a working house, which was required during the time, one that would withstand the elements, be functional, and eventually … loved by the small community of Dillsboro. The walls and ceilings are beaded board and almost pristine, rare in today’s doze-it-down-and-develop-it mentality. The fact that the structure remains today, is nothing short of a miracle.

Monteith Home 

Take a moment to look at this photograph. What does it say to you?

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