S: Our Grapeland
FC: Our Grapeland
1: For Ariel Ann Christmas 2011 from Momma
2: Grapeland is located in Wardtown on Virginia's Eastern Shore. It was built for Edward Addison in 1825-30 after his purchase of 350 acres that lead down to Occohannock Creek. | Grapeland remained in the Addison family until 1875 when the smaller home tract with waterfront was divided from the main estate and sold.
3: Our "Grannie Annie", Anna Josephine Pearre Pardee, bought Grapeland around 1973 to restore back to its original Federal style beauty. When she bought Grapeland, it had been long abandoned and goats had taken up residence!
4: September, 1982 photo shows the back side of the house which faces fields leading down to Occohannock Creek. Because of Grannie Annie's restoration, Grapeland is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
5: Over the years, Grannie Annie invited several delightful friends to share her home and fields with her, including a gentle old pony named Little Man... | May 1981
6: ...and an old Jerusalem donkey named Quinby, named for the nearby town of Quinby, Virginia, of course... | ... and the guinea birds entertained EVERYONE!!
7: Smiles from Chickens You can quote me as I speak Chickens smile despite their beaks Look how she walks and talks and stares See how she jumps and shows she cares Listen to her serenade Think of how they've danced and played Their little toes don't skip a beat Happiness permeates their feet Up into your lap they hop Snuggling right into your top I feel their combs warm near my skin I really feel like chicken kin Watching my hens all the while I swear to you that they can smile ~ Tilly's Nest, August 10, 2011 | Bantams, 1979
8: Grapeland's peacocks would call, "Meow! Meow! Meow!" from some distant tree, announcing their chosen night's roost | Peacocks!
9: Peacocks Sweep the fairies' rooms; They use their folded tails for brooms; But fairy dust is brighter far Than any mortal colors are; And all about their tails it clings In strange designs of rounds and rings; And that is why they strut about And proudly spread their feathers out. ~ by Rose Fyleman Edit
10: Oh, Babe! Grannie Annie's Airedale Occohannock Creek, 1988
11: Picnic time, March 1982 | Sept. 1982
12: Hours and hours of fun on Grannie Annie's old blue tractor! | May 1981
13: April 1991
14: Summer 1984 | 1981
15: Summer 1984 | 1982
16: The kitchen garden, based on a colonial design
17: April 1982 Planting trees | The old stable
18: Hours of fun playing with the doll house from Grannie Annie's childhood
19: As a young woman, Grannie Annie visited the ancient ruins of the Americas. In remembrance of this, she had these beautiful murals painted on the walls of her downstairs bath. A delightful rain forest fantasy!
20: Oh, those wonderful Thanksgivings!
21: Notice she is wearing her favorite skirt with its batik guinea bird print!
23: Grannie Annie lived in this little cottage during the beginning of Grapeland's restoration. Originally, it was attached to the main house and served as the kitchen before it was later moved.
24: "There is nothing, absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing... | November 1983
25: ...as simply messing about in boats." -Ratty, The Wind in the Willows
26: April 1982
27: November 1983
28: April 1992 | May your memories of Grannie Annie and Grapeland be treasured always!
29: The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers in the land, The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains . . . For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains. Author Unknown