Monday, August 22, 2016

The Old Stone House

The sign says closed.  But I know the owner, so come right in.
We got to cross over the covered walkway.
The sides are so pretty with wonderful window boxes.
We are looking for an old buggy wheel just like this for our landscape.
No truly we just want to sell our house!
Or perhaps a birdhouse like the one up high.
We have to get past the old barn.
Now here it is!
The Old Stone House
The large stone house which stands in my community, was built in 1802-03. It is called the Clark house for the early settler James Clark who came here in 1797 and bought the land the house was built on.
It is extraordinary - its early date, the remarkable stone construction, its state of preservation.
The house is the original two-story construction of dressed limestone and is believed to be likely the oldest standing stone house in southwest Ohio and maybe even the state of Ohio.
  They say the Eastlake-style porch addition on the east side, probably was built in the late 1800s.
Clark the man who built the house was reportedly born in Virginia and he was a drummer at the battle of Yorktown in 1781.  He was a school teacher, wrote an arithmetic text back in Virginia, built a grist mill, and ran a distillery a man of many talents.
I believe this to be the old root cellar.
Today it serves as a plant farm where Lee has gotten many of her perennials.

See some of the pretty flowers.
I'm Hot!
We need some of these high grasses for privacy since a neighbor house went into foreclosure and they took down a privacy hedge.
We love the rustic old farm equipment.
These pieces have been here over the years with the house.
Well the sign says Check Out.  Guess it is that time.
The nice thing I think about my Nati City is that we have preserved our heritage as we moved into the modern day.
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot


  1. Wow now that is one beautiful place. Thank you for the tour! Thank goodness you know the owner BOL
    Lily & Edward

  2. Hari OM
    Golly but that's a beauty! Yes, having seen it with my own eyes, I can confirm that Nati is natty with the preservation and conservation! Definitely an old wheel and those tall grasses would look good at your place! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Love your area of country within the big city. We have Black-eye Susans in our yard. They are about the only flower that we can grow. The yellow finches love the flowers in the fall. It's nice that you still have so much working history in your area and not turned into parking lots.
    Your friend Bentley

    1. We have the yellow finch enjoying the flower seeds also. We have a lot of flowers blooming still. Though our flowers have been kind of looking like a wild cottage garden this year.

    2. Mom Loves the wild cottage garden look.

  4. that is a such a pretty house and garden - a great place for everyone to enjoy

  5. that was great to discover the clark house with you... and it is great that all things are still there... as if Mr. clark will walk through the door the next minute.... thanks for a super interesting tour!!!

  6. Is the distillery still operating?

  7. That is a super stone house. Gail and I were immediately wondering what type of stone it is and of course you came up trumps Sweet William and told us it is limestone.
    Thank you for yet another wonderful tour.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who lives in a granite house, a mere 110 years old).

    1. Wowza how wonderful. We would love your home. Stalactites and stalagmites in caves are left over limestones we have found that amazing.

  8. SHE was thinking that the house looked like many in Virginia. Always lovely when you find preserved historical sights!

  9. We love that your city cares so much about perserving the historical places
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  10. We always love learning more about your Nati City heritage. That sure is a cool house.

  11. What a gorgeous estate! Thank you so much for taking us on a tour! It is great that your city takes such care of it's history. You are looking quite handsome as always Sweet William :)

  12. What a beautiful old stone house! Thank you for the tour, William!

  13. I love old covered bridges and walkways so much! They bring back lots of nice memories. The stone house is beautiful, too. As always, thanks for such a lovely tour.

  14. What a jewel of a house that is!

    There re homes sort of like that in Ontario where the petcretary comes from. But they are not quite as old, most built in the 1830's or 1840's.
    Thanks so much for showing this to us, you know if we ever visit your city we will know exactly where to visit:)

  15. Isn't it nice to have special privileges?? What a nice place to spend your time!!!

  16. That's amazing! They sure did know how to build things back in the day! It almost looks brand new. Never would believe it was that old. :)