Below is a Friday Fun treat! The Pears family has been extremely generous sharing photos they have found of the home (some dating back to the late 1800’s). While I have shared a couple of these with you already…a couple are new. Below are a handful of old photos and then immediately following is a current photo from the same angle. Trent and I have studied these pictures for hours and absolutely love that we get to enjoy this kind of history on our home.

When we received the below pic, everyone initially thought it was of our home. However, after walking around the outside of the house (repeatedly) we realized it was taken from the side porch of our home looking towards what is now the funeral home. Don’t let the deer bother you (I actually didn’t even notice them at first). I can only assume that they provided many dinners for a full winter. The license plate appears to say “1932” so we are using that as a general date.

As we showed you just a few weeks ago, this is what the house looked like in all her glory. Pre-fire. We had to show this again, because everything about this photo is simply amazing!

The below pic was taken immediately after the fire that destroyed the entire third story and caused the second story to be changed. We know this occurred sometime in the early 1920’s.

Another angle taken immediately after the fire. In this pic you can fully see the damage (that’s daylight coming through the upstairs windows) that was done by what must have been a massive fire.

This pic was taken in what was and is still the living room. I love (like really, really love) that the note written says “Gale Pears & cat.” I fully plan on replicating this pic with us and our cat…because why wouldn’t we?!

As the saying goes “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Thank you for following along and have a wonderful weekend!


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    • January 19, 2018 Reply


      I have to say, I just love following this project and seeing it’s history. Thank you for sharing your journey! Have you ever looked at it’s original three stories and wanted to bring it back to that amazingness? I imagine that you already addressed this subject, perhaps if I read earlier blogs I would find my answer. Happy weekend!

  • January 19, 2018 Reply


    Loved the old pictures, especially before the fire!

    You have done an amazing job of restoration!

  • January 19, 2018 Reply

    Robyn Karkiewicz

    Amazing! The old pictures are incredible. You and Trent have restored the house perfectly.

  • January 19, 2018 Reply

    Gerry DeCraene

    Love that you share all aspects of your home from the old to the new! Any moving in date yet?

  • January 19, 2018 Reply

    Akley FORREST

    Love seeing the before and after pictures. Can’t wait to take a tour

  • January 19, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Really great before and after photos. It is hard to believe it is the same house as the original three story one. Thanks for the views….

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