|Photograph of Granny Kilgore|
Granny Kilgore lived a simple life up to her death in 1963. During those last years of her life, she only lived in a small portion of her wood-framed farmhouse. She resided in one room and prepared meals in another smaller, adjoining room. The reminder of the house was virtually closed off and not used in any way. We are fortunate to have the Kilgore Old Home Place still standing, and hopefully, it can be made livable again someday.
|Front Porch Outside Window|
off of Granny Kilgore's Bedroom
|Sketch of Granny Kilgore's Bedroom|
From the hallway, when standing over the bedroom threshold, the first thing one notices is a large fireplace on the opposite side of the room. It is so large that it takes up about one-third of the room’s outside wall. It is made out of large sandstone blocks that Papa Kilgore collected and cemented together to form the house chimney. When originally built, the fireplace was kept open, and used for both heating the room and cooking the family meals. A simple, extremely wide and long plank, painted dark brown, is used for the mantel. It shelves an old Victorian style mechanical winding pendulum clock. The clock sits on a long piece of white scarf cloth much like a runner, and hangs down from the mantel. The fireplace opening is closed up to accommodate a vent hole for the cast iron wood burning stove that provides heat for the room. The stove jets out into the room beyond the hearth. There is a large window on each side of the imposing fireplace.
|Old Singer Sewing Machine|
|Kilgore Old Home Place|