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Thursday’s Doors ~ Janes’ House, closer view


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,

Norm Frampton,

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

history “galore!”

Thursday’s Doors ~ side view of The Barn at Stratford, post #4


Pretty brick designs on

antique stoned walls,

sides of the large red barn.

I had never gotten out of my car,

passing this large, well-kept barn

at least once or twice monthly

for over thirty years. The “back road”

on our family’s way Home.

The black shuttered attic vent

is decorated with red painted frame

and has a semi-circular brick arch.

Although no doors here, more than

enough found on the first published

Thursday’s Doors today whose 

Host, Norm Frampton, is found here:


Hope you enjoy discovering the

Joy of doors and their photographers.

Thursday’s Doors ~ close up of The Barn at Stratford, post #2


The old stone bricks, 

red doors with white door frames

and black stripe and hinges,

along with the typical 

split barn doors.

Please check out 

Norm Frampton’s

blog where other doors with links

will possibly lead you into or

through door frames to

other worlds or 

countries at:


Hope you have fun picturing 

horses with their curious

faces peering out and 

wondering if someone

may drop by with

an apple or fresh hay.

🍎   🐎  πŸŒΎ  πŸ΄

Thursday’s Doors ~ The Barn at Stratford on the Whetstone


There are only a few similar barns

which are historical and lovely,

built in a series along water.

~Check out last week’s ~

I found someone

who is a local


She is someone who 

is close to my friend, Karen.

Her expertise is due to working

as a Garth’s auctioneer, specializing

in authentication, identifying true

and valuable antiques and pricing

for auctions held in, “Garth’s Barn.”

Recently, the business asked if

our local Historical Society 

would like to co-own

the famous barn.

Here is a summary of what

Susie discussed with and taught me:

“There are three barns, Garth’s

is the one for years used as a popular

place for auctions. They were built

~ in 1820 ~

The barns are considered to be 

~ Federal style ~

The Meeker family built barn

and the brick house affiliated 

with the barn, where they lived.”

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*The fancy house I promised to

feature is called the Janes’ House.

It will wait till next week since 

this post series is about the barns.*

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The barn symbols are “hex signs,”

and Susie the historian says,

“There is no such thing as 

Pennsylvania Dutch, except as a

‘collector’s term’ (expressed with

a distinctive tone of ‘disdain.’)

She prefers “folk art” or “hex” symbols.

Delaware, Ohio was settled by Germans.

The barns are considered “typical” 

for the area of the Whetstone 

milling community. The barns

also had a history of fires;

Garth’s was rebuilt in the 1840’s.

Stratford on the Whetstone

was actually a small town

or village built along the

river where a water mill may

have been used for making flour.

She got me excited about building

“remains” of cottages, church

and a one room schoolhouse!

This Thursday’s Doors are original 

barn doors, with windows where 

horses could look out at 

winding dirt pathway.

The close-up of barn doors

will follow this introduction.

(Post #2)

I will display Delaware’s logo

for their historical society.

(Post #3)

Also, my favorite part of the

antique barn: the elegant design

created with neutral stones

with diamond shaped

pattern in brick red.

(Post #4)

Here’s a blog which focuses 

on doors, along with other subjects

written by Norm Frampton, there

are “blue frogs,” which are 

links to international doors:


Thanks for checking out our

local barns from the 1800’s!

Inside the Strand Theatre, in conjunction with Thursday’s DoorsΒ 


“Who’s the Boss?”

written with glee by 

Robin O. Cochran

Two grinning girls,

Two skeptical boys,

All in agreement, in unison,

Requesting Nana to 

“Please take our picture!”

The boys chose to pose with no 

prompting from the photographer.

They had some people smiling as

Nana explained, “Last week, other

little girls wore princess gowns 

and crowns, as we watched them get

their pictures taken after movie,

“Beauty and the Beast.”

The girl grandies (M & M’s)

had complained, “Why didn’t 

you tell us to dress up?!”

I pleaded “not guilty” and almost

became “unpopular,” but said,

“Next week, we’ll get a picture of

you kids with the Boss Baby.”

 πŸ˜€   πŸ’–  πŸ˜€

Norm, we were heading towards

the door, as we took this silly

and spontaneous picture.

We found a door, since

The Strand Theatre 

front door has been

perfectly captured


If you would like 

to see more doors please follow

The Boss of our Thursday’s Doors:


Hope this nonsensical

 “non-door” post

Got you to 



or Laugh!

Thursday’s Doors ~ Inside the Strand Theatre


This door is found next to fireplace 

in the front room of the 

Delaware, Ohio

Strand Theatre.

The door seems like it 

has an older “feel”to it, 

possibly has been here 

since the opening of the

original company, 

New York Cash.

When the business went “under,”

the building was purchased by 

the Schine family. They were ones

who decided to open cinema,

The Strand Theatre on

April 10, 1916.

It has the same marquee,

although the ticket sales booth

moved indoors and renovations 

were fully completed in 2002.

The theatre was given funding 

by Ohio Arts Council, was also

noted as “historical landmark”

status with the label, “non-profit”

all the details completed to make

this a destination location!

Does anyone have any ideas 

about this dark blue door?

What its purpose, original use and 

current possibilities could be . . .

Hello to our Thursday’s Doors

community and Norm Frampton,

who collects links for more doors

from all over the world. Please visit:


I have another interior photograph

with four happy grandies who

laughed  very  loudly  and  used

excited voices during the children’s

animated movie, “Boss Baby.”

Please check out one more 

post today on April 6, 2017.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday’s Doors ~ 65 William Street


This worn building still has 

“bones” and character.

It also has disrepair

and needs a little 

tender loving care.

I think it is a fair

offering to add to

Thursday’s Doors.

A collection of doors is

found and “captured” with

our main host and presenter 

of links to more doors at~

Norm Frampton’s blog:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleaged mind.wordpress.com

Thanks for coming on my walk

to the library, where I pass this

house which is owned and lived in.

If you have a feature to point out,

it is always a pleasure to hear 

your generous thoughts.

My next post has a bit 

of history and the 

possible period

or  style  of

this worn,

red brick