My grandies call this a “mansion”
where they picture candlelabra,
thanks to, “Beauty and the Beast”
well-liked character, “Lumiere.”
They think “fancy” places
have flowers in vases and they
ponder aloud, “Every big house
must have a back twisty stairs
and front door leading to a huge
staircase with place to hold onto.”
“Do you mean a stair railing?” I ask.
Shrugging shoulders and, “Can’t
you answer this?” Incredulous
looks on grandchildren’s faces.
They are picturing Belle
descending this staircase.
Another detail they add, as I
open all windows and park
in the barn’s driveway ~
“Wait! Do they have a guard?”
Hmmm. . . hoping not, as I
don’t see any signs of dogs
nor guard house. I walk over a
richly thick carpet of grass and
love the idea of this house being here
so long ago. Something to preserve
history and the small town of
Delaware, Ohio’s roots from
“Stratford on the Whetstone.”
(A milling community built
along the Whetstone tributary
of the Olentangy River.)
I particularly like the “balcony” with
a rod iron railing above the formal
white door. There’s something
so warm and welcoming in the
brick, whitewashed and worn.
It manages to allow passers-by
to feel a sense of coziness. Some
imagining the open curtained
windows showing friendliness,
with multiple children’s noses
pressed to windowpanes.
We talked about the fireplace
and how important this would be
in the olden days to warm the house.
Also, wondering how soon they had
indoor plumbing. . . I introduced
their minds to chamber pots.
No shuddering displayed;
just curious questions, adding,
“Hendrix is potty training!”
Hope you found this
mansion, displaying some
fascinating historical features
found in the Federal period,
to be “charming.”
Is this an example of
your dream house?
I could see this as a destination
beautiful bed and breakfast.
Here’s a blogger,
who had the graciousness
to allow door enthusiasts
to gather around,
attaching their links to his blog:
Come visit my area and I will
assure you of many more
interesting doors and