Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Mule Chest

 My regular Ebay searches for hunt boards, sugar chests, and other antebellum furniture can pull up some really nice things.   When I saw this mule chest sitting in a old house in New Jersey,  I decided to bid on it.  
 I was the winner and it's slowly making its way from New Jersey to Alabama.  The moving company I use knows that I am in no hurry ( No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything )  so I get a fantastic rate.  The chest will go from van to van as it makes its way South and should arrive here by the end of the month. 
Mule chests ( so named because colonial people kept their mules [shoes] in the bottom drawer ) are a combination blanket chest on top and chest of drawers on the bottom.  I have been looking for one for a long time. 


  1. It is beautiful. Post more pix when you get it home. Glad to see you

  2. Lucky you to find such a chest, never heard of a mule chest only blanket chest, however I am sure there is a lot of things I haven't heard of

    It's always very interesting in seeing what your up to each time I come over, always historic


  3. Merry Christmas from Missouri. I love all your treasures. When and if, I ever sell my house, in my next life I want a real comfortable primitive, country house like yours. In the country would be even better. We are having very cold weather here and business is slow. The Eagles have arrived and they perform daily right out side my windows. Keep posting. love the visits. Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

  4. I always thought the top of the chest was for the wash bowl for cleaning ones self up.