Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Going Local-The Mundy House

We're slowly learning more about our local landmarks.
Last week we ventured to The Mundy House in Denver (NC).
Not only does the house contain artifacts, historic records and photographs  
of eastern Lincoln County, 
it serves as a center for local education, historical research, and social gatherings. 
In fact, the house and grounds can be rented out for private dinners or parties as well as weddings.
What a unique place to celebrate something special.

The Mundy House was built around 1860 by Rufus Mundy
and there are still descendants of the original owners living nearby. 
The Lincoln County Historical Association, directed by our guide Jason Harpe,
has been instrumental in restoring and preserving this legendary gem.
You can find their facebook page here.

The Mundy house is one of the few remaining historical houses in Eastern Lincoln County,
making it even more of a local treasure.
Many other older homes in the area have been neglected or destroyed,
so we are grateful that measures were taken to keep the past alive here.

Care has been taken in the restoration process 
to aid in the understanding of building practices of the period.
With cutouts in the wall,
visitors can see exactly how the home was originally constructed.

The area in the sitting room displays early attempts at insulation,
using slag, which was a by product from smelters used at the time.
Our forefathers were quite efficient at using even "waste" material.

In the same room, a timeline has been erected
to explain, in pictures, the history of past residents.

The ceiling in the dining room was striking.
Large beams crossed the width of the room.
Our guide pointed out the "striped" marks on the beams
were present due to the wood that had been taken down to expose the original surface.

The second story boasted two bedrooms.
This large bedroom was most likely used as the "master"
with surprising spaciousness.

Many of the rooms included a fireplace,
which were no doubt used for heating during the winters.

The stairs are solid and add to the grand entrance.

This quirky little door under the stairs 
was most likely used as storage.
What a great hiding place for kids!

The use of this outbuilding is not yet understood,
but it's a fascinating example of architecture.
Imagine putting this together with no power tools,
no electricity, nothing but good old-fashioned hard work.

I love outhouses.
I'm grateful I don't have to use them,
but there is something so magical about them.
This one's a two-seater,
so you can share the memories with someone dear.

Last week, we featured the adjoining herb garden.
You can read that post here.

There are so many wonderful places to discover here
and it seems that every week we add to the list
of places we want to explore.

Do you have historical houses where you live?

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