Thursday, October 29, 2009

The House Where Nancy Lived


On Labor Day this year, we had the privilege of visiting the 100 year old home where my mother-in-law, Nancy Christensen lived in during her teen years.


I have always wanted to go inside this house and the owners gave tours on Labor Day. I took a bunch of pictures and videos of Nancy telling us stories about the house.


It was a special opportunity and the whole Christensen clan went over together to travel back in time to when their mother was a teenager, then falling in love (still a teenager--19!) getting married and having a magical reception at this house.
Nancy said they used to slide down this banister or walk down the stairs like they were in a wedding.

The house was full of antiques and wonderful old-time decorations. There were so many fine details like this fireplace.
And check out this awesome lamp built into the stair railing.


My girls loved looking around and listening to Grandma tell stories.

Can I have this bathtub please?They even had the original deed to the house from when Nancy's family sold it.

Check out that price--house, 80 acres, $29,075.00. Of course that was about 45 years ago but that's pretty amazing!

And here's a pic of two sisters who are still best friends. Nancy and Georgia said they used to sit just like this and talk on summer days.



I love anything that adds nostalgia to my sentimental life so this was a treat to see. Thank you to the Laney family for opening their doors and thanks to Nancy for sharing her memories.

Here's a little more history about this incredible house.
Built in 1909, the two-storey Greek Revival farm house was the showpiece of its day. Located
across the street from the old West Mountain LDS chapel, it currently sits on 80 acres of
farmland, including a 6-acre pond. James McBeth, a native of Iowa, came west as a teamster
bringing supplies on his wagons for the construction of the Trans Continental Railway “with a
rifle in one hand and the reins in the other.” He settled in the Payson area because the winters
were “mild” and feed was plentiful for his stock. He later ran 5,000 sheep and pastured them on
land from West Mountain to Utah Lake. He originally settled on the site in 1876 in a small
home of sand struck brick. He built on the “big house” using the older home at the back as a
kitchen and hired hand quarters. In the 1960's the older home was removed and a kitchen and
family room rebuilt on the back of the home.

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