Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Clifton, VA

Well, here we are, First Day of January, 2013.  I wonder how many checks I will write out with 2012 before the penny drops.  Gregg and I spent our New Year's Eve very quietly and proved once again that we are not party people.

Happy New Year Everyone!

My post today is of Clifton, a pretty little town in northern Virginia.  Many of the homes have some historical significance and have signs outside telling you about them.  


The sign outside the house above reads "Huckbill - 1902.  Built by H. Longley.  Oscar Woody, who was a member of the railroad and sea postal services, bought the house in 1910.  He was on duty on the Titanic when she went down on his 41st birthday.  He was buried at sea on April 24th, 1912."

I have seen the house many times but this is the first time I have read the historical marker and knew of its connection with the Titanic.



All the other photos were just taken at random as we drove through the town on Saturday.  It was such a pretty day, very chilly but sunny.  The snow that we had expected again didn't amount to anything.










This is the Clifton Baptist Church.  A newspaper in 1910 reported that the church was being built, and it was completed in 1912.

This little boy was sitting on the tractor - a permanent fixture on one of the corners - while his dad was taking a photograph.

23 comments:

Arija said...

Such beautiful houses and all of them built of wood.
In South Australia they would all have been demolished by borers, a type of pernicious woodworm.

I do hope this New Year brings you all the happiness you could possibly wish for.

Betsy Adams said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR.... We stayed at home also --and celebrated by watching the ball drop in Times Square... We shared some Eggnog... That was IT for us.

Beautiful little town. Clifton looks like the type of town where you need to park and walk about --checking on all of the old homes/buildings. Awesome..

Hugs,
Betsy

Kay said...

These are such lovely festive photos, Denise.

Just wanted to drop by and wish you a very Happy New Year!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Happy New Year Denise!! May happiness follow you and yours throughout this new year.
I adore your header!
Isn't the history with old buildings just so interesting not to mention the architecture - wonderful!
What a cute little fellow to finish up.

Cloudia said...

Happy new year my friend. Church door and tractor delight me. Aloha

Cezar and Léia said...

Looks like a nice peaceful place...
May 2013 bring a lot of light and peace to you!
God bless you!
Cezar

The Elephant's Child said...

The New Year found its way in without me. Like you, I am not a party person.
I loved this tour - thank you. And a healthy and happy New Year to you and yours.

Valerie said...

I love those houses, Denise. A silly dream of mine was to live in a wooden house with a deck all the way round. I was an early-to-bed-early-to-rise gal last night and there were few fireworks so I guess I wasn't the only one. Happy New Year.

imac said...

Beautiful houses there my friend.

Be well - be Happy - Here's wishing you a Great 2013 - my Friend.

diane b said...

It sure looks a quaint town.The houses are lovely.

Gill - That British Woman said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Denise. What a beautiful looking town that is, a place I would enjoy visiting,

Gill

TexWisGirl said...

i have a similar pic of me on my father's tractor when i was little. :)

the town is beautiful.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Happy New Year to you and Gregg, Denise.
Thanks for the lovely houses tour, a great way to start the year. And, we are NOT party folks either and spent the evening indoors in our PA motel and will be visiting family later today.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Happy New Year to you and Gregg.

I love the houses and churches of Clifton.

So I am not the only one that "borrows" other peoples shots.

Out on the prairie said...

Happy new Year Denise!I have written the date twice today paying bills.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, Lovely tour and photos. My favorites are of the church and the last shot of the little boy on the tractor. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Pauline said...

Happy new year to you and yours, Denise. Lovely houses in that little town, having the history of them displayed is a great idea.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy New Year to both of you!! We did something besides stay home for the first time in years! Took the boat a few miles down the river to Fort Myers and spent the night. Walked from the marina to a play where we had tickets, and after that we ate and people watched for a little while (they had one of those family friendly first night celebrations) and then went back to the boat to "rest up" and (no surprise) missed the midnight fireworks and ball drop just the same as we usually do!

grammie g said...

Hi Denise...Lovely quaint neat neighborhood ..love the fence!!
Cute kid on the tractor..a real thrill : )!!
Hope your start to the new year has been a good one!!
Grace

Country Gal said...

What beautiful homes looks like such a quaint place to live ! Love buildings with history ! Great photos . Happy New Year !

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What a pretty village, it reminds my of a town in RI.

Happy 2013 Denise.

gigihawaii said...

I was wondering when you would blog again. We spent New Year's Eve alone, but David went outside to photograph our neighbor's fireworks at midnight. I'll probably post a picture of it sometime this week.

DeniseinVA said...

I'm happy you enjoyed this post on Clifton. I have always enjoyed our visits there over the years. Happy New Year everyone!