Log House at The Homeplace: Land Between the Lakes Part2

The log house at The Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) Tennessee captures the rural lifestyle of middle America circa the mid 1800’s.  In Land Between the Lakes Part 1, I told you a little bit about what it is and some of what it has to offer a visitor.

Whether you are a history buff, partial to interior decorating, or you just love home tours; the salvaged and revived log house at The Homeplace will entice your senses and leave you pondering at, not only how far we’ve come in the last 150 years, but how much has stayed the same, as well.

split rail fence - The HomeplaceThe fee to enter The Homeplace farm is reasonably priced, and you have to pass through the store to gain access.  Once on the other side of the building (and I think a hillside), you feel like you’ve entered another era altogether.

We walked along a weaving trail with a rocky hillside to our right and a split rail fence, typical of the era, on our left.

log bench-the homeplace lblAn era appropriate bench was strategically placed halfway along the trail.  I’ve seen so many bench styles in my day that have probably taken a lot longer to build.  Who needs all that fanciness when you can just cut up a tree if a few places, and voila: sturdy bench? Note-to-self: make one like this for the back yard in our next house.

homeplace log house-land-between-the-lakes-tennesseeWe turned the final corner and came upon an opening with a view of the most amazing log and mortar style house, and outhouse for that matter, as indoor bathrooms had not been implemented just yet in 1850.  I was awed over and ready to climb the steps and see what was inside.

Curiously, there was a lady dressed in 1800 era attire on the porch who hollered out to us, “hurry up, the wedding’s about to begin…”.

I was with my son’s friends, Tony and Emma.  The three of us looked at each other with confusion for a moment.  I thought that perhaps someone had rented out the grounds to get married.  We weren’t aware of being invited to the wedding, so we continued on into the log house, hoping we weren’t intruding on someone’s wedding, but way too enticed to turn around and leave, even if we were.

As I was told by one of the staff, the house was once in another location, but had been raised and moved onto what is now The Homeplace – LBL grounds.

The next several photos are of a bedroom inside of the  log house.

Some photos might be blurry and a bit dark.  I do apologize, but then again, electricity hadn’t been implemented as of yet, either; and to my understanding, every detail in the preservation of this log house has been re-created with as much authenticity as possible.  Enjoy:

1800-era-front porch-log-house-lbl


1800-era-fireplace hearth3

1800-era-fireplace hearth

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The next few photos are of the kitchen of the log house.

The kitchen, although part of the same log house structure,  was in it’s own building, meaning that one would have to walk outdoors, along the porch and then back indoors.

buckets on an 1800 era porchThe reason for this is that in the event that if the kitchen caught on fire, it wouldn’t burn down the entire house.  Pretty clever, if you ask me.

the homeplace log house kitchen

1800-era-pie safe and pots2

1800-era-kitchen utensils

There was plenty more to see, but after touring the log house, I was ready to go back home and start sewing a quilt or adding a stone fireplace to my townhouse, well, make that a fake one, anyway.

It did confirm my decision to go with faux stone wall in my still-in-process basement.  Needless to say, I was glad I had brought my camera phone and felt very inspired by the log cabin design for sure.

I hope you enjoyed a peek of a 19th century rural American log house.  Please stay tuned for part3 where we continue on to the work shop and farm portions of the The Homeplace tour, and perhaps, inadvertently crash a wedding…

A few projects inspired by this trip:  Tin Can Pin Cushion CaddyFaux Stone Textured Basement Walls

I know it has been a little slow around the blog, but when I got back home from Nashville last week, I had to go right back to my day job even though I was in dire need of a vacation from my vacation.  I’m mostly recovered by now and hope to be back on track with new projects real soon.  Thanks for hanging in there if you follow along – XOXO!

Hope you are having a great day ~ Amy


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9 Responses to Log House at The Homeplace: Land Between the Lakes Part2

  1. Anne April 7, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Love the history here! Thanks for sharing Amy!

  2. heather f April 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Love the quilts and thought it was fun to note that the mantel was painted and the wood floor was too. I guess trends really do come back around every few…hundred or so…years. The punched metal cabinet and cast iron on the walls were great too!

  3. Feral Turtle April 8, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    What an awesome tour! Love the style of the old house although I have to say I am glad for modern kitchens…lol. Those old quilts remind me of the ones my Grandma used to make and like you, I would love a stone fireplace….even if it was fake. I am so excited for the wedding crasher edition!!

  4. Mel April 8, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Wow that is beautiful! What a great place to visit.

  5. Bliss April 8, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Other than having to beat my clothes on a rock, I liked the style back then.


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