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Friday, September 20, 2013

Inside The 1700's Irish Farmhouse

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Friday Fences

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Braden and Dalton breaking flax. You can read about turning flax into linen, step by step RIGHT HERE

Looking in my photos I realized I didn't get many from the inside of the Irish home. It was very small. Just the 2 rooms. They were poor. Notice the dirt floor. Our host in the first photo explains how difficult life was for them. They were not land owners and the landlord keeps raising the rent on the property they lease. That is why they came to America.

I showed you around the outside HERE

"The migration of Irish Protestants from Ulster, Ireland’s northernmost province, to the American colonies began by 1718. By the American Revolution, more than 100,000 Ulster immigrants had arrived in America, representing the single largest movement from the British Isles to British North America in the 1700s. In America these people and their descendants came to be known as the, “Scotch-Irish,” to recall their Scottish and Irish origins, and distinguish them for the Catholic Irish who arrived in the United States in the mid-1800s.
Most Ulster immigrants came to the colony of Pennsylvania. Competing with the Germans for land in southeastern Pennsylvania, many Irish families made their way through the Great Valley of the Appalachians to settle in western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the piedmont of North Carolina. By the end of the 1700s, theirs was the dominant English-speaking culture in the colonial American backcountry."

Read more HERE

Now for some Random Five Friday Fun!

1) I woke up about 45 minutes before my alarm this morning. I layed there trying to go back to sleep but couldn't. I hate that.

2) Last Friday night we watched The Great Gatsby. I loved it. I've never seen the original.

3) Tonight is Rec Night at the high school football game. All the Botetourt rec football teams get into the game free when they wear their jerseys. Then during half time their teams get announced and they get to run out on the field. It's always a fun thing for them to be honored that way.

4) Today after school is the first 6th grade dance. Braden and Dalton are pretty excited.

5) We are in for a rainy weekend. I need to get a new windshield wiper, TODAY!

Have a great weekend!





26 comments:

  1. Neat photos, I liked that house when I was there years ago.

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  2. It's FINALLY raining here...I love it! That stone fence and gate is cool- I would love to see these old buildings. Thanks for the tour.

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  3. A wonderful post Tanya! I loved the old cottage and learning more on Irish immigration to the United States. Thank you!

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  4. Wow can you imagine living like that they indeed are very tough people the Irish. i know my Grandma was.
    Sixth grade dances I remember those days:)not mine:)
    Get a wiper and have a nice weekend. B

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  5. Gosh these photos really do show a hard life. Love to look but wouldn't want to live it...call me spoiled!!! Very interesting info about the Irish migration to America. We have a heavy influence of the German culture here in Hanover Pa. the town was named for Hanover Germany!

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  6. That kitchen is in desperate need of a renovation Tanya :)) they really did do it tough back then. I hate when I wake up before the alarm, I have seen the original Gatsby but not the new and it looks like we're in for the same kind of weather this week.. I"m going to enjoy it :)

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  7. The bed doesn't look too comfortable! Hope your boys have a great time!

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  8. 6th grade dance - how cute! :)

    i love the stone fence!

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  9. It's sad to think of people having to live in such small quarters. The photos are great, Tanya. You've given us a wonderful tour!

    I hope your boys have a good time at the dance. I'm so glad I'm not in 6th grade! :-)

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  10. p.s. it was cool to see your coffee sign on genie's blog this week (climbing the digital mountain)

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  11. I liked the fence and the rocks behind.

    Fireplace is amazing.


    Tough living back then. Wow we are sure all blessed to not have had to live like that.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the pictures and history of the English and Irish farm! It must have been very hard living back then. I love the stone fence in this post.
    Have a great weekend.

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  13. That fireplace!!! Amazing! And I love the herbs hanging up as well. I hope Braden and Dalton have fun at their first dance!

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  14. Hi Tanya nice series love the rock fence.

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  15. I love the old gate in the stone wall (fence). Interesting post. Have a great weekend. Pamela

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  16. The iron gate in the stone wall is beautiful. What a neat historic place.

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  17. One of the major immigrations in US history, and what a great peek into the house. I enjoyed The Great Gatsby too, more so than the original which I saw ages ago and it felt very....70s soap opera-ish acting :(

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  18. So enjoying this series Tanya -- lots of great information and photos.

    Hey -- splurge and get two wipers. :)

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    1. lol, i just had new ones put on over the summer but my driver's side one broke, otherwise i would splurge haha :)

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  19. You got a lot of mileage from that trip to Staunton. Great photos and I have enjoyed the tour.

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  20. That was a hard life. We have it pretty good, I think!

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  21. Looks like houses that some Irish bachelor country men still live in here in Ireland!

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  22. Wonderful history lessons over the last few days, Tanya. BTW sweet that you have included your boys in some of the shots. Really adds something special. Lovely!

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