In our small town we are very fortunate to have many of the homes, built at the turn of the century, still being lived in today. I started with two of the cottages in previous posts and now, after taking another stroll through town, I’d like to feature one of the larger homes once lived in by the Vinson family. Notice the azaleas are in full bloom now!
Today, we’re looking at the Vinson House, although the original home was white.
Professor William Vinson came to our town to teach mathematics at the college. He married Miss Lily Helper, one of H.P. Helpers’ large family of daughters and they settled into the antebellum Blake home, on the curve of Main Street, owned by the college. After teaching for fourteen years he died and his widow moved out of the home owned by the college and built “the Vinson Home” for herself and their two children. Her daughter, Miss Maude, became a teacher of French, Mathematics and Latin at the high school where she was described as, “rather more than plump, her hair long since escaped from whatever contrivance of hair pins held it together at the start of the day, her dress always green or maroon, whitening with chalk dust as the day wore on. She was energetic, good humored and outspoken, setting academic and moral standards.”
The Vinson House became a boarding house for the college students, providing a living for the genteel Mrs. Vinson and her family.
I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood and post it for the IPhriday Photo Challenge!