What a wonderful time had by all who attended the Jollification at the Ledbetter’s home tonight !! Doug and Donna went out of their way to show true Southern Hospitality at its best by inviting the Washington County Militia out for an awesome evening. Everyone had a great time enjoying the BBQ, listening to the entertaining sounds of “Tommahawk”, and touring the house as well as a newly restored cabin on their property. Their historic home is the Gillespie Stone House built in 1792 for George Gillespie by Seth Smith, a Quaker stone mason from Lancaster Pennsylvania. Hats off to the Ledbetters for the one grand evening and bringing life one again to such a historic place !!
MOLLYNOTE: THOUGHTS ON A STONE HOME
In the northern states, it’s common to see 17th and 18th century homes made of stone. Stone is what they excelled in. God knows, there was enough of it laying around. That’s par for the course but in this area, most houses were made of log, some graceful, some elementary. It’s unusual to see a home built in the early part of Tennessee history constructed solidly of stone. I was floored when I saw the beauty and meticulous restoration that Donna and Doug did on the Gillespie House. There were no short cuts and each room was lovingly restored and furnished down to the last and smallest detail. This is the kind of work one sees in architectural museum pieces. The thing about their house was that while each room of the original structure was perfect, each room also had a lived in quality, comfortable and very cosy. The addition of the kitchen and sitting area were in perfect harmony to the rest of the house. Even the garden areas were perfect and picturesque. I was taken by the box gardens set in what looked like an original foundation of what could have been an out building.
When Doug announced that he and Donna were having a house warming of sorts for the new cabin he restored on their property, I was thinking CABIN- rough. For the life of me, I never thought that this was in effect a guest house in every way as complete and perfect as the main house. I could be VERY happy living in the cabin LOL.
It was a funny thing but the members of the Militia were staring at each other all night. We’re so used to seeing each other in 18th century clothes that people were taking second looks. Nobody recognized the other in 21st century clothes. Everyone kept saying that we all cleaned up pretty well. It was a wonderful night, perfect place, perfect weather, terrific company. What more can a person want? Thanks to the Ledbetters for sharing their home and dreams with the Militia.
Thanks also to Sherry Shook for the article and I am posting her pictures and mine to an album in WEBSHOTS. Please check them out.