Saturday, August 15, 2009
For once, this is not an example of Chesapeake Bay Woman's inability to hold a camera straight. No, if you look at the line of trees in the background you'll see that the camera is level but it's the house that's leaning.
About a week ago on my way back from Gloucester, I took a side trip down Warehouse Landing Road, which is near Gloucester Court House in between Long Bridge Ordinary and Hodges and Bryant. The road winds through some cute houses and lovely fields before coming to a dead end at the public landing where this huge old house barely clings to life.
I have wondered many times what this used to be. It had to be associated with the landing, the river and a warehouse given the name of the road (unless it is really Ware House Road, named for this house sitting near the Ware River.)
Maybe it was a hotel? Maybe it was the home of some wealthy farmer who shipped his goods from this spot to parts unknown. Maybe--just maybe--Chesapeake Bay Woman does not know what in the hay she is talking about. Ding ding ding ding ding! Bingo!
I've asked my mother, who used to live right off this road, what this was, and I am pretty sure she doesn't know. (I"ll check again tonight since she's fixing me supper next door. Shrimp, crab claws, stewed tomatoes, garden-fresh salad, oh how I love her cooking.)
Anywho, if anybody out there knows anything about this old house perched high atop a hill overlooking the Ware River at the end of Warehouse Road, please let me know. The obvious answer is it was a farmhouse, but something in the back of the deep, dark recesses of my mind tells me there was more to it than that, I just can't recall what.
If you want to wager a guess, please take a stab at it. There are no wrong answers here in Chesapeake Bay Woman's World, only wrong numbers, inaccurate statements, and mindless chatter.