Today's walk was overcast and looked like rain. I did the walk, but I decided to include pictures from another walk taken in May - that took me past this house in my neighborhood ... a house that has been here long before the neighborhood or the city.
The city I live in has house tours. The tour cost $20 and you can walk through 4 preselected houses. The range of selected houses span the scope of our city's history. We are young. This planned city of Columbia is 44 years old this year. But the span of house history in our county is pretty old.
The house pictured above was build around 1750 - yes, before we declared our independence from England as a nation. It is about a 5 minute walk from my house. I wasn't on the tour, so I couldn't walk through the house ... darn! But its most interesting feature isn't inside.
What makes this house special for me (besides being old and existing in the middle of a 20th century neighborhood) is the old family grave site attached to the property.
The graves date from the mid-1800s. The family name on most tombstones is Worthington.
What I like most about this grave yard ... besides its age and location, is the fact it is maintained enough to not to appear abandoned, but not overly maintained as to make it be in congruent with the age of the tombstones.
I also love that the house has been occupied since being built. Imagine the stories the walls and the graveyard could tell.