Friday, November 4, 2011


Pilgrimage Fall Home Tour

Experience the elegance and grandeur of the past in the historic town of Eutaw, Alabama. The annual Eutaw Pilgrimage sponsored by the local Historical Society was recently held over a two-day event. The town has over twenty-five structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more eligible for nomination. With so many types of architecture, Greek Revival, Victorian, Creole Cottages and many more, there is something for everyone. The tour will captivate you with grand old mansions, pastoral cottages and beautiful countryside. Also part of the event are antiques and gifts, home-baked goods and picnic boxed lunches to eat on the grounds. 
Jim and I wanted to do this for years so Saturday morning we left early for the drive down. We toured three homes and spent most of the day enjoying this beautiful town. I made so many photographs I am going to do a post for each home we toured. This way I will be able to share more photographs to do each home justice. 

If you missed the first tour,  go here to take the tour of White Columns. 
If you missed the second tour, go here to take the tour of Kirkwood.
Small photos may be clicked on to enlarge.

Tour Today ~ Myrtle Hall

Giant Magnolias Lead The Way

Myrtle Hall
Circa 1839

Welcomed by Southern Bells
 Hooped Dresses of Pink, Blue and Green

 Foyer ~ Entry Hall

Dining Room

Twelve over Twelve Windows

 Serving Lavender Lemonade 
recipe below

Child's Table

Beautiful Views

Bedroom for children

Before and After 

Original Floors

Eutaw is named for Revolutionary War Hero, General Nathaniel Green. Green County was explored by De Soto in 1540 and claimed as French  Louisiana in 1699. 
Jim and I enjoyed our day trip to Eutaw. These are some of the most beautifully preserved Historic homes in the south. 
If you enjoyed the tour hope you will leave a comment and tell me what you enjoyed from Myrtle Hall.

*Recipe for Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

3 cups sugar
3 cups water
1⁄2 cup culinary lavender flowers
4 cups fresh lemon juice
8 cups cold water
Boil sugar and water until dissolved to make a simple syrup.
Add lavender flowers, stir, then cover and steep 30-45 minutes, strain and discard lavender flowers.
Add lemon juice and chill, add cold water when ready to serve.


  1. Emily,
    I love your historic home tours. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs, Cindy

  2. I love histori homes of before and after and this one turned gorgeous after the remodel, lovely house. Here where I live they do that a lot with historic homes, they also become gorgeous boutique hotels too. Thank you for sharing. Fabby

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  4. Preciosa visita, me ha encantado. Vivo muy lejos, (en España), algún día me gustaría ir a visitar este encantador lugar.Gracias por enseñárnoslo. Si lo deseas te invito a visitar mi blog y adherirte a el si es de tu agrado.


  5. Hi Emily,
    I do enjoy your guided tours, being able to visit places I might never see in person myself is always a joy.
    I particularly enjoyed your shadow captures in this post.
    (P.S- Yippee the Journal's done!)

  6. I would have loved to live back in those times....I THINK !!
    Beautiful tour you gave us..I know I'll never see this in person but, thanks to you, I now at least KNOW about it.:))
    xoxo bj

  7. Emily, I have loved each and every one of your historic homes! Thank you for taking us there. The before pictures? Wow! They did a beautiful job in the restoration. The children's room was my favorite! Loved the lamb picture. The centerpiece on the table was wonderful also. These home take me back to my Great grandfather's home in KY. His home was built in this style but was actually post-civil war. There was a home on this farm before the war and when the civil war broke out it was so threatening to Kentuckians, even though their status remained neutral, because they were in the traffic pattern of the North marching South. Many of the farms were being torched. The home that was on the land before my Grandfathers was sitting on the main road so, it was in a vulnerable position. My relatives took the entire home and put it up on huge logs and pulled it up off of the main road so it would protect it through the war. Such an amazing time they must have lived through. So many homes never made it to get restored. I will have to apologize to you. I thought I was following you but, have not been. I checked it because I had missed a few of your post and I realized I was not following. I fixed that. I have had trouble with Blogger showing the followers gadget to me when I visit blogs lately. Everything loads but that. Have a great weekend!

  8. What a lovely tour. Thank you. Loved the carriage and doll. Your pictures really captured the uniqueness of the house.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  9. Just beautiful. Happy to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I have been enjoying your tours...this one had so many different details to look at. Loved the chandelier, the Noah's Ark, the windows and the wonderful wood floors. Thanks for taking us with you!

  11. I've really enjoyed going along with you on the homes tours. They are each so lovely and so different. Before and after photos are quite impressive. Love the lavender lemonade recipe (thank you). Beautiful 12 on 12 windows. We used to help in Galveston in May for the homes tour. Lots of good memories. Happy Monday!

  12. Thank you for the tour of the beautiful old home.
    I loved all the fall decor.

  13. I love the blue dress. I see blue dishes and so beautiful that they keep the old memoirs. And the furniture it's awesome!


  14. That blue dress is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing so many beautiful blues.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  15. What an extraordinary home! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit through your photos, Emily. The beautiful southern belle hosts and guides added such an authentic touch to the house and its interesting history.

  16. That lemonaide sounds great! I love the tour you gave us too! Happyy Blue Monday!

  17. I've enjoyed the tour! I always love seeing the childrens room and toys! What wonderful lemonade! ♥

  18. What an elegant house. I was startled to realise just how big those windows in the dining room were. The front staircase - so beautifully proportioned. Thanks for the wonderful visit - as close as I'll ever get to an historic southern house.

  19. such a wonderful tour you offered with your photographs; thanks so much for sharing them. That stairway upto the front door; the twelvex windows; the chandelier over the dining table were some of the highlights for me. Could comment long on each of them; what a wonderful visit you had.

  20. Wow, what a great tour. I love that wide stairway leading up to the entrance, among so many other things.

  21. Wow! What a transformation! Thak you for yet another great antebellum home tour, Emily. What a beautiful home! I love the furniture for the kids, so cute!..Christine

  22. Oh my!!!! This is such a wonderful tour of this home, Emily. Oh to have lived in that home back in its day. All of the furnishings are so lovely- I really love that painting of the sheep! I could wander through the rooms over and over again.... Thanks for sharing this home with us!
    ~ Sue

  23. That is a wonderful tour and thank you for giving us the best of it. The photos are lovely and gave justice to the actual conditions. I am amazed at the diligence and resources they put to maintain such historical houses, how i wish our country also give equal priorities to our heritage, however most of ours are left to rot because of neglect. Thanks also for visiting my site i was able to see yours.

  24. Thank you Emily, for another wonderful tour! How I would love to have those wide-plank floors in my home. I really enjoyed the children's room with all of those beautiful toys. The Noah's Ark set is really special. If I'm ever in the area, I'll make it a point to visit these wonderful mansions. Hugs, Terri

  25. I so enjoyed your post and what a lovely home. I think it is so wonderful that they restored the home. These homes should be loved and cared for as they are a wonderful part of our history. The ladies in the hoop dresses were elegant! I also dreamed of being Scarlett O'Hara when I was young. Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite movies. I hope to get further south for a visit some time. Thanks again, I'm so glad I found your blog.
    Hugs, LisaKay
    Belles Roses Romantiques

  26. What a beautiful old home, Emily! That sheep painting is my frenchy! Thanks so much for the kind words about my pumpkins! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  27. I just love seeing these historic homes. Their lives were so simple, but yet there is something that draws one in to their simple beauty.

    Jocelyn @

  28. I am delighted each time you share one of these tours with us.. I miss all the rich heritage and history that you live! xo marlis

  29. I can just imagine how wonderful it would have been to actually live here! Fantastic views at yesterdays!! Happy VTT!

  30. What a grand old home. Thanks for the tour.

  31. Just a stunning piece of history...thank you for sharing, Emily:)! Thank you, also, for stopping by my blog with those wonderfully, kind comments!

  32. Hi lovely lady.
    I love this Beautiful old historical home..
    Thank so much for your tour!!! This was great to see the rooms.
    I also would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my David Maass collection tablescape.
    I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  33. Emily I have so enjoyed all the tours with you! Oh my goodness what a labor of love it must've been to restore this beautiful house! The "before" was truly awful! I must confess I'm more than a little envious of your proximity to all these amazing old houses. I live in the oldest town in my state and the oldest house is mid 1800's and about the size of a single car garage *winks* None of the grand mansions that you have there....You lucky ducky! I adore old homes and hope to be lucky enough one day to live in one (not old folks home tho lol!)....Although if it were as beautiful as any of these I'd be so game!Thank you for taking us along with you. Vanna

  34. Goodness, what a wonderful tour, the historic house is fabulous, I love everything of it! The before was just horroble, who would think that with all the love and work it could come out something as beautiful as this, you want to live there! I adore historic homes, there are many beautiful ones here as the most incredible ones in the capital, Quito. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a terrific weekend. FABBY

  35. I actually felt a pain in my heart when I saw the before pictures! I am so glad this was so beautifully restored. The southern belles were just exquisite! All of the rooms are so beautifully outfitted! Thanks for taking us alon. We visited Atlanta once and toured some homes and it was just enchanting. I love that someone cares!

  36. Dear Emily,

    I missed an estate sale this morning, but my friend sent me the link so I could see the French furniture that the homeowner had in case I needed it for the job I am working on.
    However! I went online this evening, because they are open again tomorrow, and I noticed they have a LOT of Quimper! Of course, I thought of you.
    Take a look. Maybe you could call them to see if there is anything you could buy and they would ship it to you. Otherwise, I could go get it and you can pay them over the phone and I would ship it to you, if they don't offer shipping. ok?

    Here is the link:;p=Click%20Here%20For%20Photos

    In case it doesn't work, it is McMahon Estate Sales in Winnetka. Click on the upcoming sales link on the sidebar and you will see this weekend's sale and the photos.


  37. Emily, sorry to be so late arriving. Thanks for taking us along on another historic home tour. Your photos are fabulous, especially the shadow shots. Also loved seeing that sweet blue and white tea service. ~ Sarah




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