Home again home again!
I had a great time while meandering around the state these last couple of weeks. I saw six of my seven siblings and assorted members of their families; as well as one of my two kids. There were side trips to cute little specialty shops, rose gardens, thrift stores, restaurants, and even an afternoon at a movie theater/grill where they serve your meal right at your big comfy seat while you enjoy the movie! There were board games played, old stories told, good food cooked, songs sang, and time spent with Mom at the new nursing home; she’s doing pretty good there and it seems like a nice place. There were late nights, early mornings, walks in the country, and night-time photo shoots. There was a very hot 109 degree day spent sitting in the sun trying to sell crochet items at a flea market; I don’t understand why no one was in the mood for stocking caps that day! Oh and a couple of new baby trees were planted in my yard thanks to #5′s help and her green thumb they should grow.
I did have a couple of sick days along the way and some car trouble that left me stranded for an extra day in the country. Such a horrible place to be stranded; NOT.
Yep; good times.
Along the route I passed by this old log cabin and stopped to take a few quick shots. I’ll have to think about how to improve on these next time as I’m not too happy with them; it’s a good thing I’ll pass by this cabin many more times so I will have more chances to get something good out of it. Any ideas on how to shoot an old log cabin?
I did a quick search to find information on this cabin so that I could share it with all of you. I didn’t find much but what I did find was kind of interesting…
“During the winter of 1870-71, the log cabin home of Jonathan Wesley Van Scoyoc, a Civil war veteran, and his wife, Margaret, was completed south of the creek that meanders through the valley just north of Luray, Kansas. The family, which also included a 3 year- old son, had arrived in Kansas in the spring, coming originally from Ohio via Illinois, and settling in the area of Coon Creek, about one-fourth mile north of what was to become the community of Luray. Upon arrival, they first lived in a dugout home on the side hill just west of where the cabin was later built.
The pioneer home, one of the few log cabins ever built in the area, and considered to be the first log-cabin home in Russell County, was constructed from timber along the nearby creek. The original portion consisted of one room and a fireplace. As the family increased in size, more room was necessary and a stone one-room addition was built about 1875. Four more children were born at the cabin, one of which died and was buried on the side hill near the old dugout.
The log home was also used as a meeting place for church services. An itinerant pastor came through once a month and the settlers would come to hear his sermons.
An abundant supply of buffalo and wild turkeys helped with the food supply, and it was told that Indians often passed along west of the log cabin. Mr. Van Scoyoc operated a lime kiln north of the cabin on the south bank of Coon Creek.
A historical preservation project was undertaken by the Luray Lions Club in the late 1950′s, when the log cabin and fire place were moved 1/2 mile south from the original location to the roadside park along K-18 at Luray. The cabin was dismantled, with each log being numbered and recorded, and then moved to the new location for reconstruction. After two years of volunteer efforts, preservation of the first Russell County home was completed in 1960. The cabin is open for walk-in visitors where one can only imagine life of one of the very first families to come to Russell County and the beginning of the community of Luray.” [*see original source here*]
Now that’s some little house on the prairie stuff!
More photos from my meanderings too come….