Thursday, July 18, 2013

Clifton, VA - part 2

Continuing our walk around Clifton.  I believe this is "The Harris House."   The marker in the garden read, "Built by the Harris Family and later acquired by Thomas Moore of Williamsburg, is one of the two oldest houses in Clifton.  The other being the Beckwith House (which can be found here).  It is original in all detail and contains a sick room with its outside entrance that was so common during that period.

I spotted something akin to my own heart sitting on the porch, a trio of teddy bears.  

What can I say?  I love the cute and cuddly and have quite a collection of my own, starting from when my parents gave me that first one when I was a year old, one that I still have.  The person at this house is a kindred spirit because I suspect you would see a lot more of them if you stepped through the front door.

These were still decked out for the 4th of July.

The house across the street is The Payne House, c. 1884.  

and this is the historical marker outside.  You can enlarge it to read more clearly.

At the bottom of the steps sat a stone dog carrying a basket of flowers.  Methinks he would look good in our garden.  I have seen others in various gardens on our travels and I know where I can buy one.  There was also a forgotten brolly nearby as there had been a few downpours the day before we visited Clifton.

Below you can see the Kincheloe House built in 1900.  Its marker reads, "Huckster George Kinchloe worked the area until the end of Prohibition.  His wife "Aunt Inez" then opened the house to boarders.  Five cent buckets of beer were delivered every Friday night to the thirsty school teachers who resided here.  Later, the left front parlor was an unlicensed watering hole for discreet customers."

The bunny is part of the white picket fence at the Kinchloe House.  

This is one of my favorite houses.

It was a Mercantile Store, c. 1884.  

"This building was built as a General Mercantile Store and through the years has been occupied as a Saloon, Church, Pool Hall, Dry Goods, Bakery, Grocery and Cabinet shop.  The addition was added in 1926 for a Barber Shop.  The building was completely restored in 1965".

The home is now a Bed and Breakfast named "The Canary Cottage" and you can find their web site here.

They have very pretty rooms, you can take a look at those here.

The following home is The Wright House, 1941.

You can enlarge the photo to read the description.

As you can see by all the photos I took, this is also one of my favorites.

We almost missed the little cat.  

This shows part of The Kidwell House and I am not sure why I didn't get better photos.  If you go here and scroll down, you will find a thumbnail at the start of the fifth page.

I don't know what type of car this is.  Gregg told me but I've already forgotten.  I'll ask him later.  All I know is I like the old classic cars and I like this one very much.  (Thanks to Richies at An Arkies Musings, he has identified it as Camaro SS Convertible.  Thanks Richie!)

I've been in here several times over the years.  It is the Clifton General Store, 1930.

"Originally a wood frame building, on March 9th, 1930, a fire broke out in the feed room of the Weaver's General Store and destroyed the store and the adjacent home of the Weaver's.  Within two years the store was rebuilt and has been a general and grocery store ever since.  Today's Clifton Store is open every day and sells everything from sodas and batteries to milk.  The Main Street Pub opened in 2008 in the same building and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, as well as take-out."

And there you go, that's the end of your look at this lovely little town, until the next time we go there.  Hope you've enjoyed it.