Friday, December 21, 2012

Tiny Houses

These three cinder block houses on E. 7th Street used to be owned by the Presbyterian Church and sat vacant for many years. Someone recently purchased them and has pretty much gutted the interiors. If anyone hears what they plan to do with them, let me know and I'll share it on this blog. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Woodson Patrick House - Part 2

One of the neatest things about doing this blog is that I sometimes get e-mails out of the blue from people who have read my posts and want to know more about the houses I feature. Last week I got an e-mail from a woman named Beverly Joyce Patrick Boyd who lives in Arizona. Her grandfather used to own the Woodson Patrick House that I featured in a recent post. Beverly said she was born in that house, which was known as the Stump House during World War II. She has many vivid memories of the house from her childhood. "It used to seem to big," she wrote me. "When we visited from Austin, we played games in the front yard."

Beverly said when she was little, they had to go outside to use an outhouse. "I had to be 9 or 10 when they finally got indoor plumbing," she said. Beverly also said her Grandmother Tate had a wood stove in the kitchen for years before they got a "real stove with burners and oven."

Beverly sent me several great old family photos. The top one shows her and her brother, Raymond, on the porch of the house with her grandfather John Patrick and his wife. Another photo shows her grandmother in the yard of the house with a cow.

She also sent me two photos of Woodson Patrick. One shows him in his military uniform and the other one shows him on the bottom row at the right.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Morrow-Forsvall House

My favorite spa in Georgetown used to be located in this house at the corner of Main Street and Austin Avenue. Unfortunately the owner of the spa ran into some health problems and she closed the spa. I think the house went into foreclosure before she was able to sell it. I don't know whether it has a new owner or whether someone is just trying to fix it up to sell it, but the house is currently being painted a light brown.