Final Full Day of Crystal Visiting

On Saturday we slept in fairly late and got moving kinda slow because it was cool outside. It took Crystal on a tour of the Mill here at the park and showed her all the nice features that Hamburg has to offer. It was sunny but the temperature was rising slowly so we decided to take a ride up to A.H. Stephens Park. I took her around the park in shoulder all the buildings that were built by the CCC back in the 30s. And introduced her to the park manager. And then we went down to the historical site the former home of A.H. Stephens. Stephens was the vice president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. This was an appointed position at the time. He resettled back in the Crawford area where he had grown up. He was a lawyer and an career politician. At one point later in his life became governor of the state of Georgia and passed away in office at age 71. He was a small and sickly man most of his life and it’s kind of amazing that he made it to that age. He never weighed more in 100 pounds and was only a little over 5 feet tall. But it was very intelligent and very much admired by the people of the time. The home that he lived in in his later years is now a historical site and open to the public Friday through Sundays. So we got a tour of the inside of the house and some of the outbuildings. All the rooms are furnished with furniture of the time frame, much of it original to the home. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe house was decorated of course with Christmas decorations like this lovely tree. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis room done in blue was not really done in decorations of the 1800s, but the volunteer that did it was given some leeway because it was her first year decorating. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut most of the rest of the rooms were done in, decorations that would’ve been used in the 1800s. I really like these owls and deer antlers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut as you can tell from these photos it’s a beautiful house restored quite nicely. I like all the mosquito netting on the beds. I’m sure that was very important because none of the windows when I had screens back then.

Here’s a table full of all the different types of medicines that he had tried for all his different ailments. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was a separate detached building that was his library and another bedroom where he spent most of his time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABedroom off the library.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd of course the kitchen was a separate building from the house, which was common to keep the house cool in the summer and to avoid failure potential in the house.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the interesting things was they had a gas machine that would take gasoline and pump off the vapors pump them into the house to use in the gas lights. Kinda dangerous, but was considered very modern for its time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis little outbuilding, was actually one of the slave quarters.

Mr. Stephens was very good to his slaves and took very good care of all their needs and matter fact after they were freed from slavery. Most of them chose to stay on with him after being freed. Here’s the inside room of one of the slaves’ quarters. Above the fireplace is a photo of the couple of his slaves. The woman came to him as a teenager and the man was bought later as an adult and they were allowed to marry which is very unusual. But that shows how good he was to his slaves, he treated them as family (or at least the way we would treat a pet that we love). Well after leaving A.H. Stephens before heading back to Hamburg Park, we stopped at Heavy’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant.20171125_134423For some good barbecue and to let Crystal see the inside of this unique place. You can see photos of it in my previous post here. When we got back to the park I took Crystal on a paddle boat ride on the lake. It was sunny and had warmed up nicely, also it was nice and calm which made the paddling easy. This way she got to enjoy the park from a different perspective and one last activity together. Well only got back to the RV, Stan and Tammy wanted to know if we wanted to play some cards for the evening and we said sure. So we played a few games, but called it an early evening as we had a get up early the next morning to be to the airport by around eight. Sunday morning arrived early, being up and ready to leave at 6 o’clock. I got her to the airport a little after eight. I really didn’t want to drop her off. It is always a sad moment when I have to say goodbye, but we shared some hugs and kisses and off she went. Maxine didn’t want to see her go either, that’s why we let her come along for the ride to the airport. When I dropped her off the traffic was light with no congestion. She texted me when she got through security a short time later as I was already headed back to the park. Their flight was not till about 10am and I was are ready back to the park when she texted me again saying she was boarding the plane. When she got back to Wisconsin again she sent me a message saying she got home safe and sound. And she asked me if I had heard that the power went out at the Atlanta airport. I had not, but I guess about an hour and a half after she left the airport, all the power went down. Some of it was down for more than 12 hours causing thousands of delays and backing things up all across the country for days. As a friend of mine had said “Sonia” must’ve been looking out after her, because she got home without any delays I think that’s true. It sure was great having her come the visit, but as always the time goes by way too quickly. And after a visit, I seem to miss her and her sister more and more than ever. But even if I was back in Wisconsin, there would be limited time I could spend with them anyways, because they’re both so busy with their own lives which is normal. And I would not wanted it any other way. With love to all my readers XXX & OOO, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, Rick


A.H. Stevens Park

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