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Subject: Unidentified subject!
Date: 8 Feb 2002 21:00:53 -0800
Thank you for the visit to the Palmer house. If that house does answer
some of your questions...do you mind if I send you some to ask?
> [Original Message]
> From: Joel palmer <>
> To: <>
> Date: 2/7/2002 12:55:32 PM
> Subject: [S.Un] Fw: Old Palmer house.
> In about 1980 I paid the old Russell Palmer house visit.it was covered
with honeysuckle vines and the weeds in the yard was taller than I.No one
had lived there in several years,I made my way through them to the front of
the house,carefully I stepped up on the porch and walked softly to the five
foot squeaking door.Bending down,I Passed through to the inside,Scraping my
head on the top log and wondering how many heads had been bumped on that
low door.It was said that my G.grandfather built it that way to get the
drop on unwelcome guest. Looking around in the first large room,built about
1844,I could see holes in the roof and knew by the smell of decaying wood
that the old house had a very short time.
> I checked the stones around the fire place and saw wear,knowing that my
great grandmother cooked many meals for her twelve children on that
fireplace.The wooden floors showed signs of the wear of a family of that
size,in addition to many other Palmers that lived there for over a hundred
> I said to the old house."Old house,if you could only tell me your history
I would have many questions for you,tell me about the civil war years,and
about the surprise raids by the homeguards that my grandfather talked
about,And I understand it was here where plans were made to kill Dr.Mangrum
the next day which they did out of revenge.
> And from your front porch my grandfather watched a man(a homeguard)
setting on a beautiful red and white horse waiting to be hung a short time
later.Old house you will soon be gone just like Russell and Morning D.who
sleeps in the family cemetery near by."I Though to myself if only I could
roll back the time to about 1863,and make myself invisible,and watch the
old folks in their ever day life.The door squeaked again.Suddenly,I had the
feeling that it may be the other way around-could they be watching me
now?It was time to go.Oh I didn't go until I was good and ready but I was
good and ready then.Joel
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