Friday, March 27, 2015

Old buildings from ‘Old Florida’

We love seeing things typical of ‘Old Florida’.

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After driving by this old house, we found a safe place to pull over and take photos.

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It takes you back in time to imagine the family that built this dog trot style house years ago.

Here’s a Wikipedia link to dogtrot or breezeway houses HERE. “Dogtrot houses are characterized by two equal size rooms that are separated by a central open passage, or breezeway, and joined under a common roof.”

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What did they do ‘for a living’ out here?

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What was their life like?

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It had to be hard and HOT!

Do you see the wisteria in bloom?

I wouldn’t want to go back in time, would you?

39 comments:

ann said...

I have never heard the term "dog trot" house. Interesting. I am deep in the Outlander series (book 7) about a woman who travels back in time twice. Now in 1777 in the midst of the American Revolution, she tries to practice medicine without any modern remedies, only 20th century medical degree as an MD. She is comfortable in the past without any modern conviences. I do love photos old farm buildings. Yours would be perfect in sepia or black and white for a card or wall. Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda Kay said...

Beth, you should bring this photo over and write a story about it for my Wednesday blog...it would be perfect! Great pictures of this one. Have a good weekend, girlfriend.

Curtains in My Tree said...


I like seeing those old houses also.
I wouldn't want to go back in that time and be a poor person living off the garden and what animal we could find to kill to eat.
Anyone who lived in that dogtrot house was not rich.
It'a amazing how people years ago survived living off the land with no money, electricity ,running water, doctors, hospitals all the drugs doctors push on us now etc

Janice

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, sweet old building, i do love so many things from back in time but do I want to, not really. Blessings Francine.

Diane said...

Great pics! Nice piece of history! I'd like to go back in time to visit, but would want to come back here when I had to go to the bathroom. LOL!!

Stephanie said...

Good morning, lovely lady! What a charming old house! Don't you love seeing old buildings? I always wonder who lived there and what the history is...

Happy weekend. Hugs!

Weekend-Windup said...

The old house looks nice. Old things tells us many information!

Vee said...

Usually, I am content to be in my own time; however, there are times when I'd like to go back to a simpler time somewhere in Virginia perhaps.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love these photos of this dear old house. We never will know the stories inside those walls. The wisteria gives the old boards a bit of glam I think. I hope you have a beautiful weekend Diane. Hugs. Pam

Susie said...

Diane, I know full well, I would never have been a good pioneer. I like modern conveniences . Living poor was bad enough . LOL. Hope you and your husband are enjoying all your adventures. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Teresa said...

I love to see old houses and barns! It makes a person wonder about the people who lived there. But it is also sad to see what became of the homes that they loved. I wonder if this one is considered a shotgun house. Because of the door placements. You could shoot a shotgun into one door and it would go straight out the other door. So many names for styles of houses. Of course I could be wrong about this being another name for it.

Christine said...

Thanks for explaining what a dog trot home is and sharing a great photo too!
I can't imagine it was comfortable in the heat!
Have a great weekend!

BeachGypsy said...

The stories that old house could tell.........

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love seeing the old houses and wondering about how life was but then I like going home to my nice new house an conveniences. For several years of my childhood we were off the grid and I've had plenty enough of that.

Lovely photos and info. Happy day to you my friend.

Pat said...

On the Eastern Shore of Maryland one finds small and large houses that have just been walked away from and I too wonder who may have lived, and loved and raised a family there. Lovely post.

Musings from Kim K. said...

A fascinating bit of history. Josie calls old abandoned houses that we admire "Scooby Doo houses" because there seem to be so many abandoned scary houses in the Scooby Doo cartoon.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

What a lovely old house. Thanks for sharing such nice photos! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Julie xo

Lorrie said...

Scenes like this always spark questions in my mind, too. Wondering about the past. This Florida scene reminds me a little of Cross Creek - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings house about which she wrote a book.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So glad you stopped and took photos. I see old homes all the time, but usually don't stop. Maybe I will start!
hugs,
Linda

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Interesting term for a house, but I can see where they got it from. When we see old abandoned property like that I awls say it is a house with potential! It must of been a very hard life, but then they didn't know about the ways of life that we do, so perhaps they didn't miss anything.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

One of the original TINY HOUSES : as the Bible says in Eccl. there is nothing new under the sun :)

Tiny houses are "hot" today and back then they most likely wished for a bigger one! :)

doodles n daydreams said...

I love these old houses, i often wonder what their story is when I go past.
Have a good weekend.

Diana

Diane L said...

Love that house. My dad grew up in Lake Helen Florida. He lived in a cool house there. I am sure it looked just as wonderful as this house. Thanks for sharing. Di

Linda Walker said...

Hi Diane, that term is a new one for me! What an interesting shack...Did you go in or look in through the windows! I would be wondering about its history as well.....nice photos Diane!
Xo
Linda

Nancy's Notes said...

Hi Diane! What wonderful photographs! Love to ponder about their lives and what they would think about ours now! Thanks for sharing some history with us! Love it. I've missed you, I'm back to blogging! I've really missed blog land!

Hugs,
Nancy

Nancy's Notes said...

Hi Diane! What wonderful photographs! Love to ponder about their lives and what they would think about ours now! Thanks for sharing some history with us! Love it. I've missed you and hope to be back to blogging! I've really missed blog land!

Nancy 🌻

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Did you go into the house? I'd have been climbing all over that. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. xo

cynthia lee designs said...

If only the walls of that old building could talk. What stories it could tell us.
~Cindy

handmade by amalia said...

What a wonderful old house, Diane! I've built a whole story around it in my head - it was a one-room school house and the children walked for miles for lessons with a wise teacher who inspired them. That's my idea, anyway.
Amalia
xo

boopnut said...

I could never have been a settler! I like the modern comforts! One wonders about the family that lived there.
Deb

helen tilston said...

Hello Diane
You and I can imagine how hot this would have been mid summer!!! How beautiful that they liked flowers and the wisteria is a lovely reminder.
Have a great weekend

Helenx

Linda R said...

I LOVE to let my mind wander about old places like this, It must have been tough back then. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hugs~

Montanagirl said...

Nice views of this old building. I'm not sure I'd want to go back in time. My husband however, says we'd be much better off if we'd never progressed beyond the Model "A". !! LOL.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks like it was adorable. I love how the roof is still intact, and has taken on a copper color. Beautiful photos.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Great photograph Diane, I always wonder about the lives of the folks who lived in these wonderful old houses. Love the name of that style of house 'dog trot', I can just picture an old hound dog trotting down the central passageway :O)

Maureen Wyatt said...

It always makes me sad to see a house fall to ruin. Someone loved it at one time. I suppose every era has it's drawbacks and we get comfortable with what we know. Great photo!

Debby Ray said...

I love these photos of this old place. Can you imagine the history?? The people? And yes, I would like to go back in time...only if I had the ability to leave when ever I wanted to :)

Sam I Am...... said...

Great post and I can't imagine how they worked in all the heat.

Diane Writes said...

If I was traveling with you, I would surely insist that we stop by the little house. It may look shattered but it still possess vintage character and sure enough, I'm likewise interested with the history of the house.