Friday, September 12, 2014

Small Town America

 We headed out early yesterday to go to a barn sale.  Do you ever have a perfect day?  They don't come along too often but yesterday was one of them for us.  When we left it was rather warm and humid.  We drove right through the cold front that was heading in our direction and bringing with it cool Fall temps.  For a while it rained.  Then it became a wonderfully crisp Autumn day.  There were farm markets everywhere along the way and the signs of Fall surrounded us.

 If you are a house voyeur, you will love this post.  After the barn sale, we headed to a local small town we had read about.  Oh wow....it was just the cutest town.  I will show more photos of it tomorrow but today I want to show you the houses we passed as we entered the village.  One was cuter than the next.

 I was so impressed that even the smaller houses, which were a bit on the plain side, had such cute gingerbread trim.

 I think this is a Sears house.  At one time you could order your home through the Sears catalog.

 This whole town seems to take great pride in their homes.

 They are all very well maintained.

 Some showed their patriotism.

 There are signs of Italianate architecture on each block.

 More cute gingerbread.

 I had trouble deciding which house I would pick to live in.

 Italianate under the eaves.

 Most did not have paved driveways which I found charming.

 More Italianate.

 Almost all of them have wonderful 'sitting' porches.

 I really liked this one. It looked so New England!

 Not only is this one for sale, it might be my favorite.  Floor to ceiling windows are one of my favorite things about old homes.

 Cute Victorian.

 I really like this one too.  What a wonderful porch.

 Colonial.

And isn't there always one in each neighborhood?  Can you guess where I was?

14 comments:

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Nice houses! Different but still similar tro our houses here. My favorite one was the one below Your favorite and I do like that last one too :-)

I have no idea where You went, it can't be Salem time yet, can it?

Have a great day!
Christer.

TARYTERRE said...

I LOVE old houses. They have character and charm that new ones don't. Looks like a lovely ride and a nice visit to this sweet town, wherever it is.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I think I want to move to this town and spend my time painting and fixing up an old house

Mary Ann said...

Oh my gosh, the OrANGE one!!! Wow!

Cottage Tails said...

I love the orange one with the purple door but doubt I'd talk Brent into letting me have it,

NanaDiana said...

I don't know where you were but it is a lovely example of Small Town America for sure. xo Diana

Laurie M said...

such beautiful houses, they look like the houses where we used to live, I have no idea where this is but its lovely!I'm glad you had a great day,

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautiful homes indeed!

lynney62 said...

I live in Carlinville, Ill, a small town of about 7500 population. We have 152 Sears homes in what we call The Standard Addition....if you wish to read about them just google carlinvillechamber.com/sears homes
I love older homes...they have such charm.

Guillaume said...

Many of these houses would make great settings for a horror movie.

Barb said...

While I love living in the NW, I do miss such delightful little towns. You could be anywhere in Ohio, KY, IN and others! Love seeing the houses!

Patty Woodland said...

Very nice. I love old houses

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The second little pale yellow home with the light lit in the front yard and the little windows..and gingerbread..was my favorite. I enlarged every single one of them..they were all wonderful.
More?? Did you say more???? :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The second little pale yellow home with the light lit in the front yard and the little windows..and gingerbread..was my favorite. I enlarged every single one of them..they were all wonderful.
More?? Did you say more???? :)