December 22, 2016  •  1 Comment

Last week my bestie and I went to the Historic Columbia Candlelight Tours event. We started with a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district and then toured the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. I loved how dimly lit the houses were; it really gave you a feel for how it would have been in the early 1800s. Isn't it amazing that a house can be that old!? I wish I could spend an entire day in each house sitting in each room as it breathed memories into my heart. I wonder what they laughed about. I wonder what they cried about and what they saw out their bedroom window after waking up each morning. I'm such a sap ;)

Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the event!



I feel the same way about spending time in each of these rooms, envisioning the people from days past, wondering what their daily life was like. I love thinking about the differences and similarites between the people then and how we are now, the good and the bad. How time spent with each other was rare, because travel took much longer, even between towns, but when they did come together, it was valued and never taken for granted.

And the craftsmanship of the homes and furniture, because resources were hard to come by, people were thankful for what they had, they were resourceful and rarely threw things away. When building structures, they built them to last, because they had to and every detail was considered. For skilled carpenters, their reputation depended on the quality of their work. Today cookie cutter houses are built quickly and cheaply for a higher profit and often have problems that occur after they're purchased, after the builder already has their money and it's up to the homeowner to fix. As a throwaway society, we can learn a lot from being more resourceful, being more thoughtful in our own purchases and valuing the work that goes into something handcrafted.

And yes, the bad, because this was a time during slavery, strong class division and inequality. What was it like for those people during this time? Having a looking-glass into their lives helps to see where we came from, what we can take from it and what we want to leave in the past.

P.s. The sister of one my ancestors married Hampton. I think she was either his first or second wife, but she passed away young and I think with no children. Just neat to think about walking on the same floors as someone who shared my DNA.
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