Friday, June 28, 2013

Tourist From Egypt

  Yesterday I had an exciting telephone call, it was from a nice young man who wanted to take a tour of, My Old Historic House. He was traveling between Chicago,Ill. and St.Louis,Mo. It seems some one had mentioned that they should tour the 1845 Historic Elgin/Cottrell House Museum in Clarksville,Mo. I made the appointment for the next morning. I asked where they were from and they said Egypt. I said, pardon me, and he repeated Egypt. They are visiting family in Chicago and St.Louis.. They had a rental car. I guess today with all the modern devices it would not be hard to travel all over a strange country.
   The couple arrived this morning, right on time. First we had a small lesson in American History, about the time of the Civil War. I was prepared and had a few books open to pages  of pictures about this period. I then explained that was when the house was built and why I had decorated it to that period.  One picture I had was of the Lincoln home in Springfield,Ill. Mr. Lincoln was our president at that time.They were very  attentive and seemed to really enjoy there lesson and tour.

   It was also necessary to explain why there was a huge wall of sand bags covered in plastic out my front door. They understood very easily as they have the flooding Nile  River in Egypt.
  I was so happy when they asked if there were any favorite spots in St.Louis as well. I said I am sure your family will know, but give them a list of mine, including the Brewery Tour.
  It is a lot cooler today in Missouri than it has been. I had not turned on the air. I used this to my advantage. Telling the young couple, when the house was built in 1845 there would have been no air, just open doors and windows.

   The saga of, My Old Historic House continues. Last Tuesday I had a group of Red Hat Ladies for tour and lunch, today a nice couple from Egypt. What's next, maybe you can come for a tour as well. I will always leave the lights on and Sissy will be at the tour with a jump and a kiss.
                        Happy 4th of July.


Pamela Gordon said...

Great photos of your beautiful historic house. Have a wonderful July 4th Richard!

Victorian1885 said...

Happy 4th of July Richard & Sissy! I am sure your guests had a great time touring your wonderful place. Take care.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How could they not enjoy a visit to the beautiful home, I know I did.
Hope many more grace your door this summer.

Love Of Quilts said...

Love those white roosters!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I never get tired of seeing pictures from around My Old Historic House and the dogs, staffordshire dogs that is

That was so nice of the young couple from Egypt to visit you,I wonder who in St Louis referred them to you and your house tour?

We couldn't ask for a prettier day in Missouri than today was.

The roosters are so cute with their scarfs on , your so funny and creative Richard

xoxox to you & Sissy

Sea Witch said...

You are an historical diplomat. I hope they enjoyed seeing all of the beauty and history you have collected. Have a marvelous 4rh of July.

we three dogs and me said...

Hi Richard . Just enjoyed the tour. You have so many beautiful objects I just look at them over and over again. Give Sissy a hug from me. I have a new Maine coon kitten. Have a fun 4th.

molly- See you downtown said...

Visiting your home is on my wish list. In the meantime, thank you so much for the wonderful pictures! Love them.

Bohemian said...

Your Home as always is a Vision! And with your vast Knowledge you make an Excellent Tour Guide!!! And that Image of the Violet Wall with the Blooms just took my breath away!

Blessings and a Happy 4th of July from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I love the portrait of the gentleman! Don't know that you've shown him before. Is he a new arrival in your home? I would love to hear the story of how you've found and acquired these magnificent portraits.


mississippi artist said...

Wow two tours within a week, you are popular. Wish I could come for a tour. Is flooding still a threat there-we may have flash floods today. Seems it is either feast or famine around here-you?

sanjay said...

Great pictures. Happy 9th July, even i would like to visit these place for once. sell house online india

Matthew said...

Hey there Richard! Thank you for sharing your tour to Egypt this is really indeed a beautiful historic house it shows from you guys that you had a great time touring around. Looking forward for more tour and historic houses.

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