Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quad Cities, Illinois Trip~ Walnut Grove Historical Preservation, Part 1

We're getting there to the end of my family trip to The Quad Cities in Illinois! I'm so excited to share the pics from one of our biggest outings during the vacation. We went to a historical preservation site called Walnut Grove (not to be confused with the Walnut Grove of Little House on the Prairie) and it was SPECTACULAR. It really was like walking into another time, or into someone's memories where they'd just left certain things where they were. It's one of my top favorite places in the Quad Cities now. I want to go again! (Especially since my camera battery ran out, and I had a few more shots that I wanted to get).

  While it wasn't a huge place, it felt big simply because there was so much detail. They were amazing. You aren't allowed to touch anything, and many of the rooms have an entry which has a partial barred cage, but just in looking in it's amazing. I was able to get plenty of shots through the bars, without interference, so there's plenty lovely photos.

  If you like them, have gone to something similar, etc., please share!

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Doesn't this make you think of scenes from A Little House on the Prairie? The stove is not in the same place, but it was so like, I just smiled when I saw it!

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Unfortunately the resolution of this was bad, but I really wanted to share some of the detail of the stove.

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Any time I see a piano, I get the itch to sit down and start tickling the keys--not that many people would probably call it "tickling".
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I would love to see what books those are...I love books, especially old ones! The design, the materials, the smell...I need a candle that smells like old books. Really.

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One of my favorite detail pics. Love this.

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The entryway. As you can see, there's a partial cage for you to view from.

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A small house, with a loft. I love the front steps!
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I love stone steps like this. I would love to have my own winding garden stair someday--at my "dream house".

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And she shall prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel--and--well, spill blood all over the wool. I thought this piece was really cool.

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See what I mean about the details? It's like a scene springing from some far distant memory!

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I had a definite itch to go up those stairs, that's for sure. I love stairs...so mysterious.

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The loft, where guests or the children usually would sleep.

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Love this shot.

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Idyllic, don't you think? Definitely picturesque.

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I can imagine walking out into the woods for a peaceful walk. The best way to find some tranquility--out in the wilderness.

 I have so many photos, I really can't put all them here and do them all justice. I'll likely have a couple more posts to share the other houses/buildings. The town buildings were just incredible! This was the morning that I got my hat from Vignette's, and as I was approaching this house here I got asked by another tourist if she could take a photo of me, with the gazebo in the background. The way I was dressed (along with my hat) she said I looked like I fit the time. Flattery! It was an amusing moment, to say the least. I should have asked to see the picture, but I didn't. I can't wait to share the rest of the adventure with you!

  Please comment below and let me know what you think! Would love to hear your own stories!

 

  ~Elora


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