Taking a walk along North Main Street, there are oodles of old homes. Today’s picture is the Stirewalt home. By 1871, Valentine Stirewalt was serving as the manager of Steward’s Hall, the official boarding house for the first students at the college. In 1872 Stirewalt gave up his position and built his home on a lot near campus where the college held the commencement exercises in earlier times. Mr Stirewalt built well, Mrs Currie recalled, “he hewed out the doors from solid oak planks.” His son Bynum and daughter Sallie, the early widowed Mrs. James Paisley, lived nearly all their lives in this home. She played the church organ and he sang in the choir.
There are so many fascinating stories about our small town that I am going to put together a collection and start a new posting series! This will start at the beginning of May, so I’ll keep you posted on that! It will be under the heading LIST, Life In a Small Town.
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! All photos and Apps applications were done with my IPhone!