The drive over to Leeds from our house is about 30 minutes and I’ve driven it many times since we’ve lived here. Peter’s mom and Grandma Eleanor live over that way and so the main road from here to there is very picturesque and just a beautiful scenic drive. Closer into the small town of Leeds, I’ve passed by this house many times and noticed the historical sign out front. One recent day driving over, I noticed that the sign said that this beautiful old home is a museum, so I stopped by and took pics. It wasn’t open at the time, but I walked around and got some nice photos. You can read the sign to get an idea of the history of this house.
A beautiful wooden front door greets visitors coming up the steps.
I love the sweeping front porch with 4 rocking chairs across it. I can imagine the rocking that’s gone on here over the years. This house sits right on the main road going into Leeds.
Closeup of the beautiful door.
This old brick red chimney has seen a lot of fires, I’m sure.
The little garden area to the side is very quaint too.
I thought these blue/white checked curtains were precious.
And on the back porch hangs the tools of the house, probably well used over the years.
This old bell sits in the middle of the yard. Not sure what the significance is for it. I’ll have to stop by there again one day when they’re open so I can see inside this pretty place.
On down the road is another place that has caught my eye for a long time. It’s called The Sonnet House and I decided to drive in there this time and take some pics. We couldn’t tell what this place was, but watched as a parking lot was built and things began to change. It almost looks like a church on the lefthand side with the steeple, but then the farmhouse itself is SO pretty.
I saw they had a sign up with a website, so I checked it out and it’s a special events house now. Built in 1924, it’s been renovated for parties, weddings, and receptions. You can check it out here.
I’m glad I finally found out what this place is used for. It’s a gorgeous piece of history too.
Way cool pictures. Love the drive by. I have those same pears (in your banner photo).
Just saying hi Rhoda! Happy Weekend!
Wow, these are beautiful houses! It has always been my dream to own one like them, though I doubt it will ever happen. Thanks for sharing!
The Decorated House says
Fabulous old homes. You can feel the history just looking at them.
Have a great weekend!
Both those houses are breath taking! One day… oh… one day I hope to have something even a little that special!
Miss Sandy says
I did enjoy the little side trip with you. That white window frame with blue gingham curtains looked so inviting. I could well imagine a sweet plump grandmother with silver hair twirled up in a bun baking away behind that kitchen curtain!
Beautiful tour. I loved it!
Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. You’re so sweet!!!
Sweet Home Alabama …
I like the old birdbath, no telling how long it has been there. And the front porch with the rockers, just imagine how many life problems were solved while rocking. Thanks for sharing our State with others.
Hi Rhoda. I was just shot a wedding at the Sonnet House. Their primary business is weddings. The furnishings are sparse, as they need room for caterers to set up and guests to move about. The grounds are immaculatly maintained. They lived upstairs in the attic while rennovating and one of the owners now keeps a green house there, which looks out onto the balcony at the back of the house. One cool feature: there is a RED bathtub in the downstairs bath. We did a few shots of the bride and groom in the tub (dressed in wedding attire, of course:)I’ll post some of the pics on my website this afternoon. The upstairs bedroom, the bride’s room, is very nice. Decor reminds me of Pottery Barn.The house was built in 1923, I think.
Wonderful photos of Alabama. Is there anything better than a long expanse of porch with two rocking chairs? No! I live for a porch that big.