Monday, March 16, 2015

Appalachian Mountain Farmhouse



Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a farmhouse in the Appalachian Mountains. I have to say that living in such a cabin would be very attractive to me. I would be happy to give up modern conveniences in exchange for such natural beauty.

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  1. Some 45 years ago my wife and I chaperoned Teen Corps volunteers to Handshoe Hollow in KY. We were there to build bridges over a creek that flooded often and trapped residents in the hollow. The children could not get to school. My wife and I and our two sons stayed in our fold down camper while we were there. The volunteers stayed in an abandoned house. No running water or electricity. We saw many cabins like this one. Teen Corp was started by Robert Bennett in Minnesota. He recruited the teens and set up the assignments. Betty Crocker donated cases of food. We got tired of peanut-butter-on- pancake sandwiches (no fresh bread, no perishables). The teens were dedicated workers. It was one awesome experience. We can not find anything about it on Google. Has anyone else heard of it?

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    1. I looked up Teen Corps volunteers on www.duckduckgo.com. It had a lot of history about when it was formed and places they worked. Hope this helps.

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    2. Marlu: Thank you! Lots of info on duckduckgo and now we know it is officially MINNESOTA Teen Corps, not just Teen Corps. Robert's last name was Benedict, not Bennett. Wonder whatever happened to him. MN Teen Corps did a lot of good - wish there were more programs like it nowadays.

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    3. here is a link or two
      http://mnteencorps.org/
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-Teen-Corps/158478040870671

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  2. I could and do live without some modern conveniences, but some are harder to give up. I wouldn't want to go back to outdoor plumbing (yes I did live without it in my youth) , and my wife would probably frown real hard at me if I asked her to give up her washing machine. :)

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  3. This cabin has a nice stone foundation, and a newish roof. It would probably be pretty comfortable inside. The shape of it almost looks like it could be the outside of the one we saw the inside of yesterday. Earlier, we saw a log cabin on a steeper hillside with the same kind of tongue-in-grove joints at the corners that this one has. This cabin looks like it has an added-on part in the back, which may be the kitchen. I don't see a chimney, though. Maybe it was heated by an iron woodstove? Even that would need a chimney, though. I'm a city girl, but when I was a kid two different sets of aunts and uncles lived in small (not this small) houses in very rural areas with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no phone. They were every bit as happy as we were, maybe more so, as each family did more things together to keep their farms running.

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