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Old House by George Rice photo: A Cumberland House

Structures are considered historically significant by Historic Preservation Office

Gregory Eastham writes:

I would like to comment on the "Old House by George Rice." I recognize the style and architecture. The house is called a Cumberland House or more commonly a "tenant house." They are characterized by A-frame construction with a chimney located in the center, as shown, which is shared by two rooms (for two tenants). It appears the photo shows the rear of the house. I suspect the front has two doors (not always) for entry into each room which is separated by a wall. It represents a period of time when agriculture was booming in this part of the country and land owners could affort to hire folks to help tend the crops and take care of the animals. I see lots of these houses around and they are considered historically significant by the Historic Preservation Office and avoided by improvements with public funds.-Gregory Eastham
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Old House By George Rice

2011-01-17 . Adair County Veterans Memorial Bypass
If old houses could talk: This old house is located on the west side of the Columbia bypass (Now officially the "The Adair County Veterans Memorial Bypass" - CM) and is on the property of Mr. Harry Ingram.When I look at this old house I visualize many years ago when it was a new house and the pride and joy that someone had in a new house. There must have been many little bare footed children making tracks and enjoying the home cooking of their mother on a wood stove. A father who cut wood and they all sat around a wood stove keeping warm during the winter. It was a modern day way of life for that day. Mr. Ingram doesn't know who built the house or when it was built but supposes it to have been built around 1900. He says the last resident was a Mr. Will Jones. Picture taken May 1910 By George Rice

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