Sunday, October 3, 2010

Did Ya Miss Me? :)

Hi Dear Ones! Yep, did you miss me? I've been gone traveling with Mr. Precious! Did I fool you? Did you think I was here in Blogland? I had preposted some and tried at every chance to respond to your comments which I dearly love!!

Well, I'll tell you where we were and what we were doing...

Mr. Precious is so privileged to know so much about his ancestry and we traveled to Colonial Williamsburg for a get together for The Carter Society who meet up each year! His sister (who really does all the work finding all of these fancy ancestors) and her husband joined us.

Mr. Precious and his sister are from the Carter line - thus the name of our tiny little grand daughter - Carter Ashlan. Her great great grandmother's maiden name was Carter. The society have their own crest. Pretty neat, huh? Wish I could break down the brick walls to find out about my olden family members.

Well, these guys aren't too handsome looking but were very successful tobacco plantation owners in Virginia.

"Robert "King" Carter was born at 'Corotoman' Plantation. The name "King" was not used in jest. By 1700 Robert "King” Carter was the richest man in the English Colonies of North America. In other words “King” Carter was America’s first millionaire! He owned nearly 300,000 acres scattered across the Northern neck of Virginia."

Can you believe this stuff? I'm just amazed!!

Here are Mr. Precious and his sister getting their certificates and Carter Society pins as they were inducted into The Carter Society.

We were invited to a reception at a Carter cousin's home and she had a love seat that had belonged to Robert E. Lee and here sits Mr. Precious, grinning like a possum! I poked in a picture of an elderly Robert E. Lee in civilian clothes (we were told it's the only painting of him out of uniform) that I snapped on a plantation tour.

Snaps around Colonial Williamsburg.

Sister in law and I just had to snap in a fancy dancy bathroom.

All the Carter cousins attended services in this very olden Episcopal church on Sunday morning.
I'm Baptist, but I knew some of the songs! :)

This is a little out of order but before Williamsburg, we went to Washington D. C. and we toured the National Cathedral.The photo on the right bottom looks like the Notre Dame Cathedral to me!

Most beautiful view inside.

We hopped on a big ole bus and started our plantation tours.

The Shirley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

Tobacco was king and images of the leaves were poked all over the place.

We ended the day at this lovely plantation overlooking the river. All the Carter cousins had Virginia barbecue in the cool of the evening. I think I look like a little fattin' hog there! Yikes!

This was such a beautiful room that I wanted to show it to you.

This little place was called "The Necessary Room". Dear Ones, I've never ever seen such an outhouse - five holes and a fireplace!! There's another hole on the far right, just didn't get it in the snap! This must have been a very close family! :)

Carter, Carter, Carter! Kinda like - Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! :)
This is the little church where the Carters attended.

Are you still with me? Well, after we said our goodbyes to all the Carter cousins we traveled on down the road, or maybe it was up the road and ended up here...the Inn at Warner Hall created in 1642 by George Washington's great-great grandfather! Isn't is so lovely?

This was our room on the third floor! I don't think I've ever slept in a brass bed before! Everything was so pristine!

The view from our sunburst window!!

We toured a few of the rooms! Wow, aren't they pretty? The present owners took a year and a half to renovate and they shopped for all the antiques furnishing the inn. How much fun that must have been! :)

Just look at this great room. I see a piano and a mic.
Sit down and I'll play for you!
Shoot the lid's locked! :)

I'm always thinking of you, Dear Ones,
so here I am snapping for you among all of the history!

I'm joining our Dear Natasha at 5 Minutes for me for Sunday Song,
our Dear Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
our Dear Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday.
I'm stretching it a bit, Cielo, hope it's okay! :)


Before I go, I wanted to remind you I'm having a blog party ~

Heart of the Home Party
Wednesday, October 13th

It's getting closer so you still have time to wash the dishes,
feed the cats and dogs,
take the trash out
and sweep and mop the floor!

If you plan on coming to my party, and I so hope you will,
take the little party button above that I made with my most dainty little tiny fingers
and place it on your sidebar and advertise for me.
You can click on the little party button for all the info you'll need.
Invite all of your blogging friends to come.

Now we need photos for the party.
You can take any kind of pictures you want of your kitchen ~
you can take pictures and show us a tour of your kitchen,
you can take pictures of a special feature in your kitchen,
you can show us a tablescape in your kitchen that you dearly love,
you can share a favorite recipe with us,
just let your little Heart of the Home run wild.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Barbara Allen

In Scarlet town where I was born
There was a fair maid dwelling
And every youth cried well away
For her name was Barbara Allen

Twas in the merry month of May
The green buds were a swelling
Sweet William on his deathbed lay
For the love of Barbara Allen

He sent a servant unto her
To the place she was dwelling
Saying you must come to his deathbed now
If your name be Barbara Allen

Slowly slowly she got up
Slowly slowly she came nigh him
And the only words to him she said
Young man I think you're dying

As she was walking oer the fields
She heard the death bell knelling
And every stroke it seemed to say
Hardhearted Barbara Allen

Oh mother mother make my bed
Make it long and make it narrow
Sweet William died for me today
I'll die for him tomorrow

They buried her in the old churchyard
They buried him in the choir
And from his grave grew a red red rose
From her grave a green briar

They grew and grew to the steeple top
Till they could grow no higher
And there they twined in a true love's knot
Red rose around green briar
~ sung by Colonial folk :)


  1. Sheila,
    What a wonderful trip! I just love the look of everything Willimasburg. You lucky girl. I will post your party on my sidebar. Can't wait!

  2. First, I have to say, you are absolutely adorable!! Next, I feel like I've just been on vacation with you! Those photos are amazing. I ohhed and ahhed from one to the next.

    Was that a green glass cloche/bell jar? And how about those multi-potties? Wow!

    Thanks for the wonderful post.

  3. dear sheila
    what a wonderful post and i think
    you have had a fantastic trip.i love old houses.
    have a nice week,
    love regina

  4. Oh what a fun trip. I love all of your pics. Everything is just gorgeous. Wow, the antiques and all the wonderful architecture of the buildings. Stunning. Glad you had a wonderful time. Hugs, Marty

  5. What a lovely trip - beautiful pictures!! :-)

  6. Oh, thank you. I love Williamsburg! What a great thing for your sweetie. Thank you for sharing your photos and a bit of the history. It's almost as good as being there!

  7. One of my favorite vacations was when John and I took my parents to Williamsburg and Shirley Plantation. Thank you so much for the interesting family history and how marvelous that your little granddaughter is named "Carter." These furnishings are so beautiful and the BBQ by the river looks like so much fun. I really enjoyed this so much and I hope to be able to join your party. Have a great Sunday.

  8. Hi Sheila
    I loved hearing and seeing what you have been doing whilst I have been missing you. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures from the plantation house tour and the beautiful place where you stayed. It was intesting to hear about your Carter family history too. Glad you had a great time. I would love to visit Williamsburg one day.

  9. Beautiful Trip Shelia! You must be great fun to travel with! hugs♥O

  10. Dear Shelia,
    Absolutely enjoyed this post with great pics of your Williamsburg adventure.

    The sunburst window would be great fun to have in a home to be able to look outside and see the sights.

    Lovely places you got to visit.

    There's a place not too far from where I live that grew tobacco as a filler in Missouri which struck me strange because I had thought that tobacco is more of a southern state crop.

    Anyhow I liked the pics you shared and the interior shots with the gorgeous furniture...just up my alley.

    God bless you and so glad you are a Baptist!!!! My Granny was one and she was such a grand lady.


  11. What a fun trip Shelia! I enjoyed the story and the photos!

  12. Oh my! Your were in my neck of the woods! I'm so glad that you and Mr. Precious enjoyed you stay here in Virginia! If I'd have known you were coming...I'd have baked you a cake!

  13. I missed you Dear Shelia.

    I Congratulate you with all my heart such a great trip!
    I'm Very impressed!
    Wonderful thing done!

    Thank you Shelia for sharing!!!

  14. What a heritage for little Carter! I love how you southerners give kids great family names. Didn't know you were gone, but glad you're back safely. Enjoy the new week. Sally

  15. Thanks, I needed a relaxing trip and some beautiful sights...Love all the antiques and beautiful sights!!! Lucky little Carter with all that history!!!
    Have a beautiful Fall week Shelia!!!

  16. That looks like such a fun's always so sweet to learn about family from the past. Your little Carter got the good looks though, so that is a good thing! lOL

  17. That is so cool! I am a history buff and enjoyed the tour and the history lesson from your hubby's family. Your pictures are fantastic!

  18. You are so lucky to have been on such a fabulous trip! How exciting it must have been to be part of such a wonderful celebration of the past.

    I love the great mosaics of your trip too Sheila. Thanks so much for taking me on this wonderful virtual tour of Virginia!

    Best wishes for a lovely week and welcome home!

  19. Wow...don't know where to begin! The family history is so very cool! The area is so beautiful, too. I've never been there, but I have always wanted to visit. Great pictures, too. Thanks for sharing; I almost feel like I visited. That inn is amazing!


  20. Shelia, great tour of a magnificent city. I was there years ago and at the time I played handbells in our church HB choir. We actually played at Brutten Parish church (sp?) and it was a special time. Lucky you (or should I say Mr. Precious!), to have so much great history. Linda

  21. That was a most amazing glad you shared with us. God Bless Trish

  22. You sneaky little booger, I didn't know you'd been gone! :-)

    It looks like you had an amazing time on your trip, great pictures!

    Have a wonderful week!

  23. I love Williamsburg! Living in Virginia, I try to go often. I love that your husband is a Carter. When we sold our previous home, a young couple bought it and the husband was a descendent of Robert E. Lee. His first name was Carter and his last name was Lee.

  24. What great photos and wonderful memories of a great trip. I love Williamsburg .. one of my favorite places. So much to see and do. Exciting about your Mr. family!

  25. What a cool post!!!!! One day I will get back there to "the colonies" and see where my ancestors are from! So darn interesting!!!

    m ^..^

  26. I really, really, really enjoyed your post! I am a fool for antiques and especially the old houses. How nice that your husband is descended from such illustrious ancestors! I think some of mine were probably horse thieves and moonshiners.

  27. Hi Sheila, Thanks for visiting me... I am trying to get a little more regular with my posts...Thank you for your gracious compliments on my kitchen. The little lamp was a flea market find and I just covered the shade myself wtih leftover fabric from the window toppers. I hope to participate in your blog party on the 13th! Thanks for visiting. Looks like you had a FABULOUS trip!

  28. Shelia, what an impressive family heritage you married into! Wow! This looks like such a beautiful and fun trip. I love this area of our country, and your photos are wonderful. What beautiful interiors and exteriors you've shown us. I think I need to come up with a family crest! laurie

  29. Wow - looks like you had a wonderful trip ! Williamsbur is on my list of places I'd like to visit and you've inspired me to go !
    thanks for sharing,

  30. Hi Shelia
    what a great post!! I too schedule post when we go away and if possible try to check them, read comments, read other posts and add comments.
    My father in laws sister married a Carter so my husband was very interested in your post as his cousins are Carter's.He doesn't know if any of them have done a family tree for that side.

    Have a great week, love your photographs and what about your beautiful grand daughter, wow, you lucky person. Jackie , Surrey UK.

  31. Sheila what a great time and such an honor!!~ We want to go there, in fact we were going to take the trip this coming weekend. However, we are going to Roanoke instead, as it is closer to us. We will get there sometime, after seeing your pictures makes me want to go even more. Thanks for sharing. My kitchen post is already all ready, so how do you like that...I made a special one for the party:)

  32. Hi Shelia! This historical tour looks very exciting to me. All those grand old houses and their furniture looks so beautiful, just the kind I love to see. How neat that your Mr. Precious belongs to that line of family. I am truly impressed!....Christine

  33. Well doggone it, now you've made me crave a trip to Williamsburg! Oh, that sounds like so much fun, and how cool that your husband is a descendant of someone so important and notable! Bet you had a grand time. I really want to stay at that inn! So beautiful. You took some incredible pics. I am laughing so hard at that outhouse though. How often do you think that they actually needed to use all 5 "potties" at the same time? lol

    Life on the Edge

  34. Thank you for sharing! I feel like I just took a little, educational, favorite kind!

  35. thank you for sharing this wonderful trip of yours! it is so cool to visit this place and the photos are just lovely! I want to visit here too!

  36. What a wonderful historic tour! Amazing to know so much about your ancestors :)

  37. Lovely mosaic and blog.
    Im in aww at the beauty.

  38. What a lovely trip you had. So glad ya'll had such a great time.
    xo bj

  39. What a wonderful trip!!! Thanks for share those amazing photos!

  40. What a delightful experience. Thanks for sharing all the photos. I've only been to Williamsburg once, but would love to return someday.
    Looking forward to the party, Shelia. ~ Sarah

  41. What a delightful experience. Thanks for sharing all the photos. I've only been to Williamsburg once, but would love to return someday.
    Looking forward to the party, Shelia. ~ Sarah

  42. Gorgeous pictures Shelia! This is my favorite kind of vacation! We love touring old plantations and believe it or not the battlefields.
    Looks like a wonderful time with family.
    Thanks for sharing!

  43. Sheila, I just loved this post - must have taken you forever to download the pics and type the info.
    I'm always intrigued by history and architecture but have never studied it; guess I like to think about the people that lived in these places when they were built.
    Didn't surprise me to see a bathroom mirror shot - turned out well too!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip.

  44. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Virginia and our Southern hospitality. I love the RE Lee BLUE Victorian sofa! It just inspired me to have mine reupholstered!

    Joan from Virginia

  45. Hello Sheila, love your post and so glad that you had a nice vacation. Your pics of Williamsburg are just beautiful. What a fabulous vacation.Still enjoying Dr. Pepper with a twist of lime. So refreshing!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  46. Omigosh, what a wonderful trip! thank you so much, dear Shelia, for sharing all your beautiful pictures with us at MM. :)

  47. What a fabulous trip! I LOVE all the gorgeous decor!! Sooooo beautiful... you must have felt like a queen in some of those places.

    Great pics Shelia!! Awesome post!
    Hugs, Sherry

  48. This was such a fun and interesting post to read :-) How cool that your hubby has been able to find out his ancestry -- and that he's related to the one-time richest man in the colonies!!

    According to my dad, my great-grandfather was in line to be the Duke of Shrewsbury, but he didn't want to me a member of royalty so he married a bar wench and got himself disowned. Now sure how much truth there is to the story, but it's a fun story to have in the family :-)



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