Spontaneous Discoveries, and Old Photos

A few days ago,  I was reminded that best adventures are unplanned. I fully intended to walk around Pratt, and take pictures of some of the remaining historical details for the blog. I started as planned, but was quickly sidetracked by a moving sale. While there, I met one of the town historians and keeper of the keys to the town archive. I had gone to the Old Town Hall and asked before, but it was during a sale, and I’m not sure the women working at the time knew what I was asking about. This lovely lady from the yard sale, showed me the archives, which were awesome, and let me photograph many of the old pictures, articles, and paperwork. I came away with a wealth of knowledge, and I’m sure there will be many blog posts stemming from this encounter in the future. I definitely appreciate her help and storytelling abilities.

It is because of this that I ended up with old-home-owner gold. A very old picture of the house, lots of information about the family that built it and lived there, and an interesting,  albeit grainy,  picture of the original builder!

The Trimble House - Home of one of the earlier families that settled the town.

Look how small the maples are! To me, it looks like there have not been  many changes to the house over the years.  The bay is original, although the angle of the photograph makes the roofline look smaller. The bay window  does not have the original windows, unlike the rest of the house. these are more decorative, and may be stained glass, I can’t tell. Unfortunately, now they are old aluminum windows. Though with the current road configurations, the bay window is towards the side of the house, but the Old County Road use to connect with Trimble Lane, making this the original front of the house. However, this picture is useful in that it tells me that their used to be gingerbread on the columns, which still remain on the house, and that their were no railings. It also shows some of the elaborate woodwork that used to be on the house. Look at the moldings under the bay window!

From Left: Ott Garnette, Ed Johnson, Dillard Jarrett, Joe Bott, James Trimble, and Tom Burke. This old photograph was taken in front of Holt's Store in 1910.


Captions and photographs can be found in Pratt’s Bicentennial Book, published in 1976. More information on the Trimble family can be found in this post.


7 Responses to “Spontaneous Discoveries, and Old Photos”

  1. sooooooooooooooo cool. I find it funny there’s a “town historian” as well.

  2. Yeah, who is this famed town historian. And how ancient is she? Loljkbbq.

    Please, PLEASE, PUHLEASE attempt someday within the ownership of this house restore those windows to how you think they are (awesome moldings and stained glass). The badassness would be unbearable to the naked eye.

    As always, love it.

    • lol! Thanks Meghan, I don;t know who I could get to make and install a 7ft tall stained glass window, unfortunately. That would be pretty awesome, though! I still have a hope that the original moldings will be underneath the ugly aluminium siding, but I think that chance is slight. I may weep with happiness if I remove it and it is still there, though! Watch for my blubbery, typed-through-tears post if I do find those original moldings intact! lol!

  3. very cool! I went to my local library, historical society (which has no record of my house even though it’s part of the register of historic places – the file is non existent), and the history specialists at another library, and found very little information. Hopefully I can find someone like you did who will open some doors for me! I love that you have some photos that show the original details and a photo of the owner!

  4. Thanks! I was just really lucky running into her. Maybe you could contact the individuals that prepared the historic places nomination for your house to find the file? It’s terrible that the file is lost and no one knows anything about it! Luckily for me, the town kept all of that stuff neatly organized with oral histories from the older town residents and all kinds of other interesting documents and artifacts. I could have spent days going through it all, it was so neat! I was so glad they kept everything so organized and easy to find. Good luck with your search, and I hope you are able to turn up something on your house!


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