House Tour: Welcome To Beaverdam

I had an unexpected and pleasant road trip to Beaverdam last week.  Daughter needed a ride to meet a friend in Yazoo City,  and my friend was headed to her farm close by to unload some furniture.  I offered to head over and help with the unloading after delivering my daughter.

In 2003 these friends bought a farm and christened it…

sign

Located only about 30 minutes from Jackson, it is a pleasant drive down country roads…

country road

When you get to the Bradford Pear standing sentinel, you know you have arrived…

Bradford Pear

Turn into the gravel road and head through the cheerful red gate…

gate, gravel road

and you arrive at Beaverdam…

front porch

The husband and sons have done most of the work themselves, with the wife providing decorative spirit, creating a sanctuary from the city.

Creativity abounds in this family, and it is no wonder. The husband’s grandmother was the inimitable Hosford Fontaine.  She and her husband, John, were the proprietors of Allison’s Wells Hotel in Way, Mississippi, which was home to the Mississippi Art Colony. (Enough information about this iconic site exists for several posts which I will promise to deliver in future.)

Some of her art has a home here at Beaverdam, a ceramic figure created by Hosford welcomes guests…

ceramic, Hosford Fontaine

and one of her paintings graces a living room wall…

painting, Hosford Fontaine

she did not paint in facial features…

painting, Hosford Fontaine

The garden shed became the conservatory, after the letter “c” from an old Texaco station was uncovered…

garden shed

throughout the property is evidence of repurposing of old materials…

doors, windows

there is the bottle tree, so no worries about evil spirits here…

bottle tree

heading in through the screen porch you are greeted by this folk art bottle cap gent (picked up by the wife on one of our fleaing expeditions)…

bottle cap art

a dart board hangs ready for a game…

dart board

A whirl around the kitchen only underscores the creativity of the family.  The kitchen island anchored by a poster on one end and cheerfully skirted…

kitchen island

cubbyholes full of useful and interesting loot…

cubbyholes

a bright yellow teapot keeping company with a painting by the grandfather of the old High School in Canton, Mississippi …

watercolor, teapot, stove

the cork board (another of the husband’s projects) teeming with memorabilia…

cork board, memorabilia

including the flag from a sister’s boat which was christened “Allison’s Wells”…

flag

and a postcard picture of the pool at Allison’s Wells (which was spring fed and drained regularly by the grandfather!) The pool was always ice cold…

postcard, pool, Allison's Wells

In a front bedroom, a Dalmatian sits, patiently waiting the owners’ arrival (the husband grew up with Dalmatians and the couple had one as a pet early on)…

stuffed dog, dalmation

Also displayed in this room, a log cabin built by father and son one Christmas…

Beaverdam

The husband is also an avid and accomplished photographer.  In the living room a collection of black and whites…

black and white photography

and a partner on the opposite wall for the grandmother’s painting is this gentleman, painted by an unknown artist at Allison’s Wells…

oil painting, Allison's Wells

keeping the gentlemen company in the living room…

deer head, hats

poulet plate collection in the  hallway…

plates, checkens

as we left, this magnificence caught our attention, Beaverdam’s spectacular spider…

spider

What a treat – a retreat from the everyday – a spot created by a family for fellowship and rejuvenation.

I can’t wait to return!

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