This house is absolutely gorgeous but I felt I needed to recognize the sass in @brianbranton post. Snark for days honey! If you’re not following him already, go right now and ogle his amazing #christmastrees and decor. They’re spectacular!!!
I interrupt my nonstop Christmas postings to present this absolutely stunning Georgian home in Chestertown, MD. Could someone please put this in my stocking! Widehall was built in 1769 by Thomas Smyth. First of all, can we please just focus on the name for a minute. Widehall? That’s all he could think of?! I am sure it has a lovely hall, and I bet it is very wide, but could he not be a little more creative?! If I took this approach, my house would be named Nokitchen. Lol. Thomas Smyth was a merchant, shipbuilder and obviously shipowner, who traded with the British West Indies, making him one of the wealthiest men in Kent County. Duh. I mean look at this house. After the Chestertown tea party of 1774 (yes that’s right - the Chestertown tea party. Everyone knows Boston, but there were similar protests throughout the colonies from Charleston to Maine), Smyth was elected chairman of the local Corrimittee of Correspondence and later became Head of Maryland's revolutionary provisional government. In this capacity he was the provisional governor of Maryland, and served in this office until 1776 when the state's first constitution was framed and its first governor elected. The next owner was also a Governor of Maryland, Robert Wright. He lived in Widehall only a few years, when he sold it to Ezekiel Chambers, who was only a senator. Loser.
An interesting study of vernacular architectural history: Built as a single house in the late 18th c., it seems to have a stuccoed masonry ground floor, and wood clad second and third, the first time I have seen such a combination on a federal style single house in town. Also, note the door in the center of the street facade, presumably the original configuration that would have been fairly common for single houses at that time. Most of these doors were removed and replaced with windows after owners retrofitted porches with new street entrances, often leaving the telltale wide headers above. Given the date of construction provided (around 1789) I suspect these porches were a later addition, and were subsequently enclosed. The iron gate looks to be by Philip Simmons, making it a 20th c. fixture. I’d be fascinated to learn more about the house - if anyone has info!
This is about the Best Fried Green Tomatoes I've ever tried, and a restaurant full of life and history. A perfect combination! The fried green tomatoes, I found out later, is a star attraction in Savannah, a must-try dish. And the restaurant (Vic's On The River) is a 19th- century building that was used during the Civil War, with a spectacular view of the Savannah River, from where we can see the border of division between the states of South Carolina and Georgia.
We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service, perfect. Strongly recommend it.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY + FREE Home Tour ticket!
Sunday, December 2 in New Iberia the third in this series of Hays Town Tours with presented by @louisianaarchitecture, @hilliardmuseum and Iberia Cultural Resources Association. This tour will include four lovely Town-designed homes in New Iberia, along with the Iberia Parish Courthouse and St. Joseph Church in Loreauville, both designed by A. Hays Town.
The tour will run from 12 pm to 5 pm, and tickets will be sold that day at Bayou Teche Museum from 11 am to 3 pm. The New Iberia Courthouse will be open from only 12 to 2 pm, so plan accordingly. VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 pm in one of the exquisite Town homes.
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New LIMITED EDITION / (Limited Quantity) Alma Mater - Collegiate Collection Matted Prints are now available! Each matted print is hand signed, titled and numbered. Also, in the spirit of Christmas we are partnering with Happy Wheels @happywheelsorg , a non profit organization brightening the day of hospitalized children in South Carolina. A portion of all collegiate print sales for the month of November and December will help bring gifts to these children. 🎄 To see the entire collection and shop, visit the PRINTS page on www.TamaraBrownArt.com // From the bottom of my heart thanks for your support!
It was such a fun Thanksgiving Day here! The weather was incredible. ☀️ We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ate so much good food, put up the Christmas tree + Christmas lights, and watched our Saints play and win last night! Mary and I are working on the tree decorating this afternoon with Christmas music and then putting the outside decor out this evening!
In other news...
I decided last night that I want to continue with decorating. I am hoping that in about 2 years, I’ll open a decorating store that , as Mary gets older, would allow us to work together there. Until then, I’m going to do a few decorating projects for people I know. I’ll also work on decorating + organizing our house and showcasing these spaces, ideas, and projects here on IG. I feel like this will keep me just busy enough to still homeschool Mary and have my “own thing” as a fun adult human with pizazz - it’ll be an outlet for creativity! It’s taken me months to figure this out - how I could balance things in a realistic way without neglecting Mary’s needs.
That being said...
I will still post about Mary, her therapies, and her homeschooling here. These may be shared more in stories, but I’ll continue to share nonetheless.
I’m excited to make these changes, but even more excited that I have some direction and goals in mind that will lead to the bigger goal of a family owned decorating store.
Alright, I know I am prone to hyperbole, but let me state for the record that what I’m about to tell you is a complete and honest statement: this is absolutely my favorite house in Shelby. Well tied for first favorite. Easily, one of the top three of my most favorite homes from my hometown. It’s heart is actually a 1.5 story farmhouse from the 1800s but was modified into this gorgeous southern manse in 1928. It sits right across from my junior high school’s tennis courts, and I’m fairly certain that any loss while I was on the tennis team was the direct result of my staring at this house instead of watching the ball. But can you blame me?!? #favoritehomesofshelby#historicpreservation#oldhouselove#oldhouse#mysouthernliving#slhomes#southernarchitecture