Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maclay House

 
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This was the winter home of Alfred B. Maclay and his wife Louise. It is set on a hillside with a sweeping lawn sloping down toward Lake Hall. The house was originally a hunting lodge and was remodeled between 1923-1925. It was painted a burnt sienna color Mrs. Maclay called "Georgia Clay." The Maclays entertained many prominent people here including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The house is furnished much the same as it was when the Maclays lived in it and is now a museum. It is open only during blooming season, January through April.

Thanks everyone for your concern about what used to be Hurricane Ida and now is Tropical Storm Ida. So far, we have just had some rain, but heavy rains and some wind are in the forecast for this afternoon and into tomorrow. My biggest concern is always the trees in my yard and hoping they don't actually fall down on the house! Taking my grandson to school and getting to work this morning was a bit of a challenge, but I made it. Tomorrow is a holiday so no school or work and we are supposed to have a parade for Veteran's Day, but I'm not sure whether it will happen or not. I hope it does happen because my grandson is supposed to march in the parade and carry a flag alongside his mommy's high school marching band and he is really excited about it. Keep your fingers crossed!

17 comments:

Julie said...

Burnt Sienna,eh? That is a very modern sort of colour to be used during the 20s.

Hope everything is going okay for you, weatherwise, Lois. Thinking of you from across the other side of the world.

B SQUARED said...

A simple yet elegant abode.

Darla said...

Nice and simple for sure....Thank the Lord the weather has not done what was forecasted....now we wait and see today..

James said...

If the house had another floor it would look like some of the houses around here. I like the doorway.

Small City Scenes said...

I think we had your rain and winds last night. Huge. At least the goats didn't blow away--I worried about them.
Maybe the winds will subside long enough for the parade.
I like the house and the fact that it now is a museum. MB

Tricia said...

The Duke & Duchess of Windsor? How FANCY is that?!

I was going to ask how you guys were doing w/ the hurricane - Thanks for the update

Lisa Wilson said...

Glad you're safe!! I hope the trees survive, too!

Halcyon said...

What a lovely house and with so much history!

Hope the parade does not get rained out.

Frank said...

Lois - It WILL be clear enough for the parade. It just better for you and your grandson. I think we all got lucky again and let's hope that is IT for this season.

The house really isn't very impressive, is it. But I imagine they lived quite nicely though.


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Cezar and Léia said...

This house is outstanding, please please please, can you come back there in January and tell us about how look inside ( maybe they don't allow pictures inside? ), anyway I would like to know how lovely it is!
Léia

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice looking house. I am not sure about the color but to me it looks like Georgia Peach.

Tanya said...

Such a pretty house! Glad you are safe and hope your cute little grandson is able to be in the parade. Can you believe schools are in session here tomorrow? Shame on Va!

Jacob said...

Hopefully, you'll be able to get in during the blooming season; this is too good to miss!

However, we must have missed Ida altogether...nuttin' happened. Hope you can say the same thing!

Pam said...

It is a simple but elegant house with a very unique history.

I could not believe the high winds we had from Ida. It was all I could do to stand on the beach.

Hilda said...

I love how your city has kept its historic houses and turned them into museums. This is a lovely house, and the tall thin tree at the corner sets it off beautifully.

I'm praying that TS Ida weakens some more. Stay safe, Lois.

Don and Krise said...

I hope the weather eases up a bit to allow the parade. The main thing is to stay safe. Just know we're all thinking of you.

Tash said...

Duke & duchess of Winsor - how exciting for them. I would love to see the inside someday.
I hope the little tike gets to march tomorrow. Wish you a dry day.