A Way of Life

When people say Southerners before the Civil War it automatically brings to mind Tara and Scarlett O'Hara, sweeping lawns and massive garden parties. 

The truth of the matter is that the majority of southerners were simple farmers or merchants. In researching A Twist of Tobacco I visited a wonderful working farm museum near Dover Tennessee.

Homeplace 1850's Working Farm  was absolutely fascinating and gave me much background for the daily life of my ancestors before the war began. 

 Typical Two Pen House with detached kitchen at rear

Parlor with bed and trundle for visiting company. I am standing in the front door of the Pen and you can see straight into the kitchen.

Smokey the house cat.

Making tomato sauce in the hot kitchen.

Stairs to the loft and upstairs bedrooms

Loft room

As you can see, these people lived a life far different from what is often portrayed in movies and TV shows.


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