Saturday, October 18, 2014

Number 46: Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Last weekend the folks were in town for the weekend and we took advantage of their visit to check out the State Historic Park closest to our home, yet one we had never visited.  Fanthorp Inn in Anderson is just  15 minutes down the road and worth the drive for a history buff like my husband.


The inn started out as a small home and mercantile in the 1800's and later turned into a stage coach stop for travelers.  That's all the historic background I can give you.  I'm afraid I was focused on my photographs and not on the tour guide, though Breck could give you the low-down on all the details.


We were lucky and a cool front was blowing in during our visit making the tour of the inn very comfortable.



And you know if there is a creepy crawler around I HAVE to take its picture.  And there was.  A perfectly camouflaged praying mantis on the wood pile had me wishing I had brought my macro lens.


Looking through the simple rooms gave me incentive me to do a little more purging around my own house. Back in the day people got by with far less than we seem to think we require today.




Though there is something to be said for simplicity, I will admit to being attached to indoor plumbing.


No Candy Crush or Farmville in the parlor, just old school checkers and dominoes.







Total fan of the old wavy glass.  So glad it is still intact.



Out in the barn is a stage coach used to give rides, but the muddy conditions prevented such an excursion.


It's a beautiful restoration.


Admission was free and so was the tour, though they accept donations.