Life in this 1817 farmhouse

Many 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 I got away from the farmhouse life. 

We found this farmhouse to rent, and we had plans to buy 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 a log cabin.

I remembered the first day of January in 1998 when I peeked into these farmhouse windows, and I fell 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 more simpler.

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

When I first moved here, I didn't bake or cook from scratch.  I didn't can, or did I  plant a garden.  I look back now and wished that I would have kept a journal on our every day life.  

Simply Farmhouse blog was created because of this farmhouse..

 Over time I started learning to slow our lives down. I planted a small garden and strung lines from the house to an electric pole for a clothes line. I soon learned how to can, and I learned how to make my meals  from scratch.  I love to take long walks across the pastures, and spent time with my kids outdoors.  

This was the living room.  Sadly this home was remolded into a 1970's style.  The only thing that held it's old charm was the wood stove and the attic.  

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

Not long canning jars filled with the gardens harvest, would be lined up on the shelves, and a pot of chili would be cooking on the wood stove.  I had prepared many meals on this old stove over the years.

“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 Wilder, The 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.  


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!

We fished many times from this pond, and climbed up in loft of this barn.  This red gate was in the corner of the backyard leading out to the 101 acres.  

This farmhouse holds many memories for us.  I will drive by there occasionally, and it is still owned by the same family.  That was many moons ago, my how time has pasted. I have planted and harvest a good many of gardens since than.

Farmhouses may just change your life, this one did for me!

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  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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