Life in this 1817 farmhouse

About twelve or so years ago, we used to live in this old 1817 farmhouse ~ I grew up in a farmhouse when I was a little girl, but when I got married and I got away from the farmhouse life. 

We found this farmhouse to rent, and our plans were to buy or build a house later.  Little did we know that this old farmhouse would become home to us for the next 13 years.  After looking under the siding, I found out this house used to be an log cabin.

I remembered the first day of January in 1998 when we peeked into these farmhouse windows, I felled in love with this little place.  

It was only $300.00 a month for the next thirteen years.  It was such a cheap place to live with its well water and wood stove for heat.  This farmhouse taught me how to slow down and lived a more simpler life.

This farmhouse had two bedrooms down stairs, a living room, one bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry room and a large attic room.  Two of my girls used to sleep in the attic when the weather allowed them to.  In the winter, it was too cold up there, and in the summer, it was too hot at times.   

When I first moved here, I didn't bake or cook from scratch.  I didn't know how to can or even plant a garden.  I look back now and wished that I would have kept a journal on our everyday life.  What it was like learning how to do all these things, and journaling about our life there.

Oh by the way, Simply Farmhouse blog was created because of this farmhouse..

( In the photo above this little white cat showed up one morning on Christmas day, 
so we named her Christmas)

 Over time, I started learning to slow my life down. I planted a small garden and strung up lines for a clothes line.  I learned how to can, and I learned how to make my meals from scratch.   I loved to take long walks across the pastures, and we loved spending more time with ours kids outdoors.  

This was the living room and sadly this home was remodeled in a 1970's style.  
The only thing that held its old charm was the wood stove in the kitchen and the attic.  

Every year, we would buy many loads of firewood to last until spring. I remembered how much work it was and how it would take hours stacking this firewood into rows.  

Canning jars begin filling the shelves from my little garden. I had to learn how to use this wood stove, how to clean it, and how to get a fire started. It was all new to me. I remember on one winter day when the electric went out, I had to learned how to cook on the top of the stove.  I also learned how to cook in cast iron skillets and kettles.  In the photo above a pot of chili is cooking on the wood stove. 

Christmas held a lot of memories for us, and not only did our daughters spend Christmas here.  A few of our grandchildren had Christmas here as well.

“It was so wonderful to be there, safe at home, sheltered from the winds and the cold. Laura thought that this must be a little like heaven, where the weary are at rest.”
― Laura Ingalls WilderThe Long Winter

 Many times, in the winter I would find my girls curled up 
in front of the stove with a good book to read. 

Every spring, we used to loved seeing the baby calves being born.  We named our favorite chocolate colored cow Jersey.  


The attic was my favorite room in this farmhouse; I loved going up there to listen to the rain. I remembered back in one part of the attic, the flooring was made out of old army wood boxes. The attic became my quiet place to pray and just to be alone.   Oh, how I miss it!  Everyone needs that little place to be alone with God.

We fished many times from this pond, and climbed up in loft of this barn.  This red gate was at the corner of the backyard leading out to the 101 acres.  One morning the cows got the gate opened and my yard was filled with all the cows and their calves.  We awoke to cows mooing in the windows!

A farmhouse may change your life, this one did for me!  

Simply Farmhouse



  1. thanks for sharing this wonderful memory of your farmhouse. When I return home, if I have time, I also drive by my previous homes and try to remember my life there. thanks again♥

    1. Aw, doesn't it bring back wonderful memories! Life was simple and slower at the farmhouse. I think that is what I miss the most. Welcome to Simply Farmhouse, please come again.

  2. This is a beautiful memory shared! How wonderful the journey of living simple is! I someday need to share my journey too, although sadly we didn't have a gracefully aging farmhouse to live in. Beautifully shared!

    1. AW, thank you Marilyn. I hope you do share your journey, I would love to read it.
      I wished I kept a daily journal of life here, of all the details of our everyday life in this farmhouse. Thank you, for the visit!

  3. What a great story. It sounds like a beautiful place to raise a family!

    1. Hello Bonnie, so good to see your comment. Thank you!

  4. What a beautiful space to begin your family in and to learn how to can, garden and slow down. It's so easy to want to go, go, go and to want bigger, fancier things. Sometimes spending time in a smaller, simpler space helps us to learn great lessons! I'm glad you had those years in that home :)

  5. What a wonderful blog post. And it's a wonderful tribute to not only this house, but farmhouses everywhere. Precious memories with lifelong consequences.

  6. Truly a lovely memory to share. Happy Christmas from Harvest Lane Cottage!

    1. Hello Laura, thank you, and Merry Christmas to your home as well !!


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