8.18.2011

Scenes from 1862.


It's no secret that our town holds a treasure trove of historically influential places. Pope's Tavern was once a tavern and inn, and later, it served as a military hospital for both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. 

I always get an odd feeling when entering this structure. It's as though the air hangs heavy....inhabited by memories of times gone by, restless spirits, and a lingering sense of sadness.

**Little Known Ashley Fact: I'm really frightened by dummies....of the mannequin variety. You know, plastic people. Not when they are in department stores modeling clothes, of course. But, in settings like the one you see above, they really creep me out. I often times can't even be in the room with a dummy. Oooh, they give me heebie-jeebies. Maybe I'm afraid that they'll suddenly come to life. That would really be scary. 

Do you have any irrational fears?

37 comments:

Sienna said...

love that shot of the old clock

Cindy P said...

I really can't stand old time clay-mation. For some reason it gives me the creeps. I know it's silly but it's just so scary to me. So all those old Christmas movies that they play on TV all throughout December, yeah... I can't be in the room when people watch them. So creepy!!

Andrea said...

Love the vintage white dresses!! And i'm freaked out by clowns and mascots!!

JRuud said...

I love history; so much "history" behind "history" if that makes sense :) I love the stories, the smells, everything when you look upon these items.

Great post!! (The book was the most amazing in my eyes)

Raven said...

hahaha dummbies, really? That just makes you even more cute. and gosh, you guys do SO many fun and interesting things! I guess where I come from, it's the lake or your backyard. hmmppfh.

but this looks amazing! Hudson will be one smart cultured little man!

ps I will have to come back later when I see what youknowwho writes so I can chime in :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I LOVE this post! Keep the history comin' lady! I get to live vicariously through you :)

I totally see your fear because they are creepy! It's like they are watching you. My irrational fear is embarrassing...I will NOT look in a mirror in the dark. I'll close my eyes if I walk past one at night. I don't want Bloody Mary snatchin' me lol!

Claire said...

haha, i can see why a dummy might scare you! sometimes i'm afraid to look in the mirror late at night. and after seeing some zombie movies i made my husband switch and sleep next to the window. how sad, right?

love your photos and always enjoy seeing the wonderful activities you do with your family!!!

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misc.alaina said...

Neat photos of your visit! No irrational fears that I can think of, but I understand your fear of dummies. As a young child, I went to the Wright Brothers Museum in the Outer Banks of NC and truly believed that the wax statues of the brothers leaning on the wings were their real mummified bodies. Creepy!

The History Professor said...

What a fun little history lesson my dear. I always enjoy walking or looking at old homes or buildings. I only wish they could talk to tell the story of what all went on inside and on the outside of those walls.

I can't really think of anything that really creeps me out. When I was little I was scared of an ET poster in our basement. ET eyes and finger would follow me around the room. You know its kind of like that Uncle Sam poster "I want You". I also watched the movie IT at a way to young of an age. The part where he comes up through the shower drain had me scared to take a bath.

LOVE YOU!!!

Meri said...

I love your dress! Fun outing too :)

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

well mannequins are a little freaky, so I don't think there is a problem with being a little scared of them. This places looks so wonderful! I love historical museum and such.

Jeannie said...

I love all the historical places in Florence, it is so rich with history. I guess my irrational fear would be driving across bridges. Even as a child riding with my parents across O'Neal Bridge scared me. Also, remember the bridge in South Carolina, Ugh!!!!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

I, too, am terrified by dummies and mannequins...and I won't walk anywhere near a wax museum!

Love these pics. I would go crazy in here. My grandma goes crazy about antiques and its rubbed off on me.

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

I think they look a bit creepy too... :/

Janette said...

My (not so) irrational fear is earthquakes.. I always make sure I go to bed in public appropriate jammies (in case the shaking starts and I have to run out of my house)...and whenever I shower I take my phone and a bottle of water (not IN the shower) just in case my house collapses and I get trapped in my bathroom... I should start storing granola bars in one of the drawers now that I think about it... Hmm...
You may think I'm crazy.. but I'm just preparing! Expecting that BIG one soon! Haha! I hate CA sometimes...


Janette, the Jongleur

Haley K said...

oh places rich with history and character and stories of real peoples' lives always effect me...I can imagine why you felt the air was heavy...what a fascinating building! I would have loved to flip through the pages of that old Bible, but I'm sure it was so delicate :) And those baby/toddler shoes! How precious.

and i can totally see the manaquin thing! I always feel like they're staring at me. But my whole family knows I have lake-bottom-phobia (yes, i created that name myself. haha;) Murky water with a muddy, seaweed covered floor that all sorts of carnivorous creatures could be luring in (okay I may exaggerate a bit;) is not so much my thing.

vintch said...

such beautiful pictures. you can practically feel the history and time leap off the screen!

i have a similar fear, my dear. once at a mall, when i was a wee teenager, i saw some mannequins in a storefront. at least i thought they were mannequins. then they began to move. MOVE. they were real people.

it was horrifying but yet kinda cool. now, i never know if mannequins are real or fake (except for the all-white variety).

Laura Elizabeth said...

I totally get your fear of dummies! It's not irrational, it's understandable :)

Great pictures. I love visiting historical places, we don't have too many where I live though :(

Classy Career Girl said...

What an amazing little piece of history in your town! How awesome! My irrational fear comes out every time I am on a plane that is landing. I picture the plane losing breaks and not being able to stop. Yikes! :) Have a great weekend!

My Journey With Candida said...

I can see why you have a fear of dummies, sometimes they look so real and you can see their eyes moving with you.

One time, we were in The Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. They have all kinds of dummies standing and sitting. The thing is.... not all of them are dummies, some of them are real and when they move.... they can really give you a scare. Well it scared me anyway.

My fear is close, closed places. I sometimes even hate to close the bathroom door if it is a really small room. Silly but true.

Mary and Dyer said...

You & your family are TOO CUTE for words!!! I can't even take it! :)

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Kat
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sarah nicole said...

I love places like that! But I agree, those dummies recreating historical scenes are way creepy. : )

xo,

Sarah

Kaitlyn said...

I love places like this. I love seeing pictures of places like this even more. I wish we had some historical places like this here! I'm sure we do somewhere or another. Makes me want to research and find out! <3

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Ashley Sloan said...

Haha awe how fun! I love to go in historical places...it's been awhile since I have though. And that is funny about the mannequins! I hate spiders!!! I even have nightmares sometimes, actually had one recently lol. But they are freaky!

Ashley Sloan

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

what a lovely bit of history Ashley! i love checking out places like that but completely empathize with the dummy aversion! i'm not a fan either, and really any kinda dolls other than Barbie's don't get high marks from me. i remember reading about Demi Moore's obsesh with them and how she's actually got some in her's and Ashton's bedroom. okay nutso bonks right there! those beady little eyes staring at you when you wanna get your love groove on is just plain cray-cray! baha! agreed x's 100%. ♥

Bad Joan said...

Love your images as always! Definitely know what you mean about mannequins, they can be creepy!


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Mar said...

darkness freaks me out like crazy! I feel that ghosts are out to get me or something...weird but I feel that all the time! haha. I actually sounded like a kid there! haha!

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Faith said...

what amazing images ... it is incredible to see scenes from so long ago!

you fear of dummies doesn't seem so irrational to me ... they scare me too. i just don't like the idea of their eyes on me ...

mapleandvine said...

gorgeous photos- so well put together!! looks like u guys had a great time!

O'Melly said...

Everything about this post just makes me melt! I'm passionate about history, and here in Alberta, Drumheller gives me the same feeling that you speak of. It's essentially a ghost town these days, and the last standing coal mine is totally haunting to be inside.

As for irrational fears, I'm scared to death of insects, mostly moths.

Virginie's Cinema said...

You two are the most fun parents ever, you do so many cool and educational activities! And you my dear obviously look fabulous doing any and all of them!

I'm not sure I have an irrational fear, I mean my main fear is taking the plane...

Virginie ♥

sherri lynn said...

I love all of these pictures! Going to stuff like this is one of my favorite things to do!

Breeanna @ a brilliant melody said...

I love visiting historical places like that! Great photos!

Amylou said...

What a neat place! I love the old bible, shoes and dresses! So neat to take a look into the past!

Kelly said...

That is SO cool! I love that old book - so worn and loved.

Megan Darling said...

These pictures are all so amazing! Love the letter and dresses. I have a crazy fear of living on the ground floor because I'm terrified that people will look in the windows when it's dark, lol.

A Lost Feather said...

i don't think that's an irrational fear because they are CREEPY. but that said- i am the queen of irrational fears. my boyfriend tells me that all of the things i worry about are practical, but most people wouldn't give them any thought. for example.. when i go running i slow down at driveways because i'm afraid a car will come zooming out of it and hit me. i guess other runners would just be cautious, but i actually worry. the thing is all of the stupid things i worry about have happened to me in some respect. when i was little i was riding my bike and a car almost hit me when it flew out of it's driveway! it can happen!!