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, December 30, 2015

Mr. Taliaferro returns to New Jersey

I must say goodbye to the portrait of Felix Taylor Taliaferro.  That last name here is pronounced as  "Tolliver."  

Another branch of his family discovered him on the blog and asked to buy him back, which I think was a good thing.

He had moved to Alabama from Virginia to be a cotton merchant. The Civil War ruined the cotton export industry in Mobile where he was, so he moved back to Virginia, then to New Jersey. 

He has been very happy here in Alabama but it is only fitting that he be returned to become an heirloom in his rightful place with his own descendents. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Deer outside the library window

I come home sometimes with deer on all sides of the house.

Some of them watch me get out of the car and go inside. 

Now I have one of the fawns who likes to sit just outside the library window.

I suspect they are also eating some of the leftovers I leave for the raccoons and possums. 



Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Christmas walk around the house 2015

I am walking around the place to photograph a few small things I have done to dress the house for Christmas. 

This Santa is in an old wicker sled.  I admit to spray-painting the iron part red. 

On the step-back is some ironstone .  Homemade candles hang from hooks. 

Santa and his sheep rest on the small step back.  My blog friend Janice likes whites and grays so I think she will like this.

He is an original creation by local artist Deborah Graham.


A snowy tree stays all year on the Selma pie safe. 

The Santa with the glitter sits on a ca. 1840 cobbler's bench.

The bench is elevated on a 1780 chest. I think Gitter Santa is a bit Victorian more than Prim. 

Another cupboard sports a berry wreath with a primitive Santa.

Some old artificial poinsettias from the 80's add some color near the doll house. 

My Christmas tree:  as prim as possible for me. 

A feather tree sits in a 22 inch dough bowl. 


Santa is between my polo hats. We had a polo field in front of my school.  Lots of people came and played on weekends; one would not expect a lot of such as that in Alabama. 

Going up or down ;  he is a candy container. 

A close up of the dried oranges that grace the tree. 

This little Santa has been with me forever. You could pull his bell chain and his nose would light up.  I remember my mother was wearing him as a pin about 1959 when I was 3 or 4 years old.  He is on top of a yarn winder. 

My front door. The burlap wreath is made from old bed springs.

Snipping the wires would be the hard part.

My knitting cousins did these tiny sweaters years ago. 

Another original Santa by artist Deb Graham of Alabama.

He looks just right on a worn work table with a Fraktur on the wall behind.

I did a Victorian thing and joined garland in the center of the ceiling in the library room.  I hope my Victorian friend Gina approves.

A little holly brought it all together. 

Some old poinsettias fill a well bucket on the front porch.  As you can tell, it's a sunny day in Alabama. 


A hand-felted Santa by  South Carolina artist Angela Strack stands guard over the hunter's equipment. 


Thank you for visiting my Christmas house tour!  I love reading comments so leave a message if you have a second. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Quilts on the porch

Every so often, on a good day, I hang three quilts out to air on the front porch. People on the road stop and take pictures sometimes.

Today's weather in Alabama is sunny and pleasant. Temps in the 70's.  I couldn't figure out how to make the camera lens adjust, so the quilts all look faded out in the bright light.  The green box on the right is the end of a divided grain bin. 

Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star?  Must be some difference that quilters can recognize.

I believe this to be Grandmother's Flower Garden. 

I never noticed the funky 1960's fabric on the back of the wicker chair I just bought until I saw this photo. 

On the far right, the edge of the settle. I bought the wicker couch a month ago from the estate of a favorite college professor who taught me English history. It's an old one with coil springs. He had told his family that it was not junk and not to give it away or haul it away. 

This is my "before" picture because today I am going to cut down the large mess on the left.  Wild hedge, a mimosa, and other strange trees have taken over the fig tree.  3/4 of the fig tree is gone anyway due to a rare ice storm we had here about three years ago.  

Leather chairs help the front room

I had these leather chairs at the antique shop. They were manufactured in North Carolina by Hancock and Moore. I decided to bring them home.   In front of them is a dovetailed New England dough box topped with some large bowls.  The rug is one I bought in the Alabama Black Belt because of the mustard color.  Facing the chairs on the other side of the dough box is an early church pew in pine with square nails.  On the right you can see my primitive doll house on an 1830 chest. In front of the window is a wicker doll buggy with a little Christmas tree inside. 

In front is a mule chest from New Jersey.  Next to it is a desk made of tiger maple. 

The pine corner cupboard is also an Alabama original ca. 1840. 

The little brown ca. 1850 step-back came from Chilton County, Alabama.   The blue pie safe was made in Selma. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Doll table crafted by Seth Tudor

Today I bought at auction a doll table made by Tasha Tudor's son Seth. It measures 6.75 x 8 x 4.75 inches. 

Signed on the bottom. 

No doubt Seth Tudor has an amazing amount of skill to build this beauty.