The children have made a map of the world in dirt. It includes cut-out ships and animals.
Beautiful vines and interesting columns. And I really like the four small sconces – one on each side of the door and one at each corner.
There were similar vines and sconces on this other North Carolina house here.
Oakland house was probably built between 1823 and 1828 for Elizabeth Williams Thorne Drake and either her first or second husband. It still stands, but, at some point after the 1930s, the porch was rebuilt to match the late Federal “temple form” style of the rest of the house. You can see it about 2012 here and here.
More big (boxwood) love. . .
The house is more often called the Nelson House for the family that built it in the 1740s and owned it throughout the 19th century. George and Adele Blow purchased it and began to restore it in 1914. In 1968, it became a National Park Service site.
The front of Nelson House in 1915. This photo is part of an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).
(There’s a photo of the front of the house and the younger boxwoods in 1862 here.)
The garden during the Blow’s ownership was designed by Charles Freeman Gillette, a landscape architect known for working in the Colonial Revival style. Today, little remains. The giant boxwoods at the front of the house are gone.
*All photos here via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Do you have a favorite outdoor spot for taking family photographs?
The property may have been part of the family home of his wife, Caroline Cambe. The couple were married in Cornusson in 1864. Paul (above) was born in 1865 and Henri in 1868.
(There’s a sweet picture of the two little boys together here.)
Sorry, I’m a day late for Bloom Day. . .
The most interesting blooms in the garden this month are on my caladium, almost entirely hidden underneath its leaves.
I never considered that caladiums could bloom — I think their showy leaves are usually thought of as substitutes for flower color. However, when they do, online advice says to cut off the spathes to keep all nutrients going to the leaves.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the 15th of every month. To see what’s blooming this week in other bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Follow Up is today, the 16th of every month. Check out more beautiful leaves at Digging.