Beautiful abandoned farmhouse on Hwy 13 in Carlisle, Arkansas.
As I get out of the car I can’t help imagining the people that once lived here. The smell of freshly made biscuits in the morning, gathering eggs and milking the cow before breakfast. Everyone doing chores – pumping water from the well, harnessing the horses, plowing the fields, washing clothes by washboard or ringer washer. Friends and family helping in the harvest. Canning and preserving for the coming winter. Storing food in the root cellar. Trying to get homework done before dark, walking to school in sunshine, rain or snow. Happily looking forward to church on Sunday’s, fun programs at school, and other social events around the county. The tragedies – storms, tornadoes, crop loss … the deaths.
As I Drive Through Fields of Clover …
Arkansas roadsides are beautifully covered right now with wildflowers. I have always wanted to stop and take pictures but it’s hard when you’re traveling 55 to 70 mph to find a place to safely stop where there is a good photo op. I finally found a place to pull over on Hwy 64 near El Paso this past Saturday and it was covered in red clover with an intermingling of pink primroses and sometimes an oxeye daisy or two.
“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.”
Hans Christian Andersen
On March 19, 1990 this Live Oak Tree (and its heirs) was deeded the supporting property on which it is growing on. The tree has been designated the City of North Little Rock’s “Official Tree” and is also growing on the smallest city park in the state.
Live Oak Park
1500 Block of Pike Avenue
North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Pike-Fletcher-Terry House at 411 E 7th St in Little Rock was built in 1840 by Albert Pike (an attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Albert Pike is the only Confederate military officer with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C. who settled in Arkansas in 1833).
After Pike returned to D.C. the home was leased and used by the Arkansas Female College until the deed was transferred to John G. Fletcher in 1889 who returned the building to it’s former use as a home. It remained in the Fletcher family, through his daughter Aldophine Fletcher Terry, until 1964 when it was deeded to the City of Little Rock. In 2004 it became The Terry House Community Gallery that showcases local and regional artists.
The Arkansas Arts Center also rents out the property for weddings and receptions. For more information contact the Arkansas Art Center at http://www.arkarts.com/rentals.
A Bit of Family History
As a side note, it is possible that my Great-great-great grandfather Wendel Harviel was a gardener at the the Pike-Fletcher-Terry house sometime between 1880 and 1929. He was a florist and gardener in Little Rock during those years and I have been trying to locate the house in the background of this picture. I don’t think it’s the same house, the roof line do not match, but I have been told it is a strong possibility that it is. The columns definitely look right.