When we first moved in we were probably the 17th house in the neighborhood and the market here had halted to say the least. Fortunately, our neighborhood stayed pretty quiet which allowed us to explore the land and surrounding area. One day my boys came home and told me about the chimney the kids had found. Me being one for adventure decided to explore with them. Up over the hill we did find a chimney still standing and a cleared area where a house had been. The kids really enjoyed finding the hole in the ground which was the cold cellar for the home. At that point I thought I really need to do some research and see if I can find out who owned the home. Due to time and other distractions I didn't really give it another thought. However, one of our neighbors was intrigued enough to spend some time at the town library and did research the property. In his research he was able to find out who owned the property and contacted family members still in the area to obtain photos which he has shared with the neighbors and continues to do so as he stumbles across additional information.
The home which goes with the chimney still standing was built in the 1840's about twenty years prior to the start of the Civil War. The family owned hundreds of acres and worked the land - we can still see cotton sporadically pop up in the open fields of the neighborhood. The first spring we were here after the discovery of the chimney we liked to walk up and check it out every once in a while. Imagine my surprise when we walked up the hill to look at the chimney and in the open area where the second chimney would have stood were daffodils blooming to welcome spring in. The same daffodils that have bloomed for over 150 years.
My new design is in honor of Susanna Riticor (January 3rd, 1815 to October 26th, 1885) who along with her husband lived here until her death. Every spring one of the first signs we enjoy are the return of her lovely daffodils planted so many years ago. The sampler design is based on the photos of the original home my neighbor was able to acquire from the family along with the fact the home's color was light yellow.
The verse stitched on the sampler is from William Wordsworth (1770-1850) last two lines of his Daffodils (1804) poem, which I believe is very fitting for the sampler based on our annual daffodils.
"And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."
Fabric - Lakeside Linen, Vintage Pear 32 ct
Silk Threads - Needlepoint Silks International
Stitch Count - 336 x 191
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