I ❤ old homes
For those of you who don’t know by now, I’m a research nerd.
Among other things, I love researching old homes, especially the really old ones.
I want to know who lived there in the past. I really don’t give a hoot if they were not “famous”.
Don’t get me wrong now, it’s great to find a historic home owned by someone important or famous too, but I actually enjoy learning about the ones that weren’t owned by someone notable.
Maybe it’s the thrill of the search. After all, famous people already have their full story out there… and all research has pretty much been done.
Is it just me?
It’s the people that no one has heard of, and no one is talking about that interests me. The quiet folk who went about their days, just trying to make an honest living and feed their families. What did they do for a living? How long did they live there?
The milkman. The housewife, who tutored local students and volunteered for local causes.
Those folks matter too, and I want to learn and possibly share their stories.
What must it have been like for the Milkman living in New Bedford during the late 1800s and what were the names of his horses?
LOL, really! Those are the things that go through my head.
So, I compile data. I scour the internet looking at online public records, old newspapers, census records, etc. and try to somewhat create what their story may have been.
Most recently, I’m intrigued with which homes might be a Sears Kit Home.
Or, maybe even a Gordon Van Tine? The list goes on… Aladdin, Lewis Homes, Harris Brothers, Sterling Homes, or Montgomery Ward?.
Who knows, I may be researching YOUR home right now!
And, of course, the age-old question we get from buyers:
“Did someone die inside this house?”
(You may not want to hear this, but if it’s an old house? More than likely!). Back in the day, many people that were ill or old died at home in their own bed. I usually try to figure that out too.
To Share or Not to Share.. that is the question
I don’t claim to be an expert in all of this, but my nose is always in the books and always online researching. LOL. 😉
I need your help figuring out where to dedicate my time and efforts.
Keep my findings to myself? Or, would you like to see me share these findings via blog posts, pics & Videos of my research posted to my website and Facebook Page.
If you’ve landed on this page…or clicked on a link that’s led you here, it’s likely that you’re online perusing the world wide interwebs for info about Sears Homes, maybe even specifically in New Bedford area.
I’m happy to share, I just need to know you’re out there and that someone is actually interested so I’m not spending time on blog posts instead of doing what I love… Researching! 🙂
Comment…. and let me know!