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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Old Alabama Town

Always up for another field trip, Amber, Lisa and I planned am afternoon visit to Montgomery's Old Alabama Town while the boys were at school (work?). These ladies share my obsession with all things Southern and beautiful, so we had fun going back in time a century or two.
Our first stop was the Ordeman home, which was owned by a wealthy young family who also owned a large plantation about 20 miles out of town. My favorite parts were the beautiful living room with sky-high ceilings (to help with the heat & humidity--brilliant) above, and the pretty little brick courtyard shown below (this picture only shows about 1/5 of it).
Many smaller brick buildings surrounded the courtyard, including the kitchen, necessary room, carriage house and slave quarters. Supposedly, these slave quarters were almost top-notch. It's crazy to compare the "nice" slave quarters to the ornate home across the courtyard.
We took a picture in the necessary room in honor of our husbands (who, we concurred, would have taken this picture themselves had they been present). Surprisingly enough, it was our sweet little grandma tour guide who suggested it! I never had any intention of showing it to anyone else but it's the only picture of the 3 of us, so here she is. I love that Amber and I are trying hard not to laugh and Lisa is just embracing it.
A few other tour highlights:

* Marquis de Lafeyette stayed here when traveling through Alabama in the early 1800's.* It was oh-so-tempting to play with the antique register in the general store.
* Amber brushed up on her teaching skills in the old schoolhouse. Although, I'm pretty sure Amber's classroom won't have a dunce cap like the one in the corner.
* We got to see a real cotton gin and (re)learn exactly how it works.
It's a lot bigger than I pictured from the textbooks!
* The grounds were quaint, with the trees just starting to show a hint of fall. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

PS-While we were there, they were setting up for a big photo shoot. See some pro pics here.


  1. I love the south and all that you captured in your pics! It is such an interesting time period too isn't it! Great job in capturing all that you did! You and your cute friends are so fun!!!!

  2. Wow, that's so cool! I haven't really spent any time in the South or thought of all the amazing things there are to see and do there. I'm loving that I can see all this through your blog. Glad you're doing so many fun things! Thanks for sharing. Maybe someday I will visit the south after seeing how fun it is from your blog. :)

  3. Ahh, I remember this! How fun! Makes me ALMOST wish we were still at ASBC so we could have more fun adventures together! Hope you guys are loving life in California! Miss you!


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