Thursday, August 30, 2012

Southern Style ~ Rural Thursday

Many times we've driven down the back roads in our county and seen some lovely historic homes but we had missed this one.

The Lightfoot William Hoyle Homestead, sitting way off the road, is an impressive place.  

I really wanted to trespass and get some closeups...

but thought better of it. 
Instead I tried to zoom the best I could with my point and shoot camera. 

This will have to do but to get on the property and explore would be wonderful! 
I might have to ask my neighbor, who is a Hoyle, if she's related in any way. 
If so, maybe I can get a tour ;) 

I think it's so sad that no one inhabits this stately home anymore. In our area, instead of selling to someone who would restore the homes and love them as they should be loved, they usually just let them fall down from decay. I did find out on the internet that Lightfoot William Hoyle (cool name) was born in 1829 and died in 1914, but did he buy this from someone and move his family in, or did he build it? How old is it, exactly? Did they have summer parties on the lawn, and the ladies wear beautiful gowns and sashay around like in Gone with the Wind? We live in a very historic area where several battles from the Civil War took place. Did Lightfoot fight in the war? Was the home used as a hospital?  
Inquiring minds want to know! Well...mine anyway.

Images are mine. Please don't take them without asking. Not that anyone would want them. I'm just sayin'. 

I'm linked with Rural Thursday.


  1. Oh I would really love to go through that house. I love the brick. I would love to trespass too but a great zoom lens works well I . Great history Thanks for telling it. B

  2. it's a beautiful place, i love that porch! the owner should donate it to the state to preserve it and then people like you and i can tour it!

  3. What a fine house! I can just imagine how busy it once was! Hope you get that tour.

  4. Would be a shame if this stately home fell into disrepair. It's amazing.

  5. Great history post and wonderful photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  6. What a neat looking place. Yes, it does beckon to trespass, doesn't it?

  7. That does look like a place I'd want to tour as well.

  8. I love the wrap-around porch! Can't you just imagine the conversations that took place on that veranda? Lighting bugs in the yard and cool breezes in the evenings!

  9. Oh, I would be chomping at the bit to get in there and explore! Wouldn't it be nice if someone could buy that place and restore it!

  10. What a great-looking house. Love the wraparound porch!

  11. I want a tour too! I love historic homes as well :)
    Found you on Rural Thursday!

  12. Lovely, old place...classic. Did you get the tour.


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