The first day we arrived after closing was the first day we actually walked the fence line. As we rounded the corner of the barn we were greeting with a pile of scrap metal, car parts, old appliances and bathroom fixtures. We spent the first summer “clearing out” the pasture and hauling off stuff that had been abandoned over the years. We now know the term “putting out to pasture” can refer to any item and not just to livestock. We still have a few lawn ornaments that remain….
The old Cistern was found lying on its side – the base missing. It still has its original markings, but we have not located any other information about its original location on the property.
There was also one vehicle that we could not get out with the first clearing. A 1940-something truck “slightly” inverted with a tree growing up through the old engine compartment. It did belong to the original owner, but no one is quite sure how it got into this state.
Our second summer brought an opportunity to have livestock – the cows belong to a neighbor down the road, his parents were the original owners of the house and he is a good source for many questions we have about the house’s history. After one season the cows left our pasture.