In yesterday's post I was telling you about our visit to the Historic Sandusky House . The name has nothing to do with the evil Sandusky which first comes to mind. Charles Johnson built his Sandusky home in 1808 and named it "Sandusky" taken from the site of his Indian adventures in Sandusky, Ohio. You can read about that here if you'd like.
When we arrived at Sandusky, we had picked up some tacos from Taco Bell for lunch and pulled the tailgate down and ate in the back of the truck as we had some time to kill before the tour started. I walked around the grounds after lunch and came across this gorgeous tree with the rope swing. Behind me, from where I took the picture, sits an old farmhouse and I imagined a child that lived there plays on this rope, thinking nothing of it, but liked the summertime image I got from it.
During our tour, which was given by Major Hutter's (the Hutter family owned the house for 5 generations after the Johnsons, including during the Civil War) Great Great Grand Daughter, a woman chimed in and asked "why is there a noose on your property?" very accusing like and the woman giving the tour had no idea what she was talking about. I asked her "Do you mean the rope swing out back?" and she said "Yes, it's a noose. It has a noose at the bottom of it and needs to be removed". I told her that I thought it to be a child's rope swing and she wouldn't have any of that and insisted it was a noose and needed to go. The woman giving the tour was quite upset about being told she had a noose hanging from the tree. After the rude woman left, before our tour was over, I told her I had seen it before we started the tour and it wasn't a noose at all, that it was just a simple rope swing hanging from the tree. And wouldn't you know, when my boys saw it, they immediately jumped on that rope and started swinging, just like it was meant for!
That little brick building is the "privy" or "outhouse". I didn't get any pictures of Sandusky as it's undergoing some restoration and there was a lot of ugly scaffolding around it so I didn't bother with pictures. I'll get some another time!
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