Often I go into older farm houses to feel a bouncy floor but seldom see one held up by a wing, and a prayer, and a barrel!
It's not uncommon to go into a an old cellar or crawl space and see beams that have been seamed together with a nail or two. And it has been like that for who knows how long! Maybe before I was born!
Sure it's slipping apart a little.
And the insulation is backwards.
All too common!
That will allow for a little bouncy, bouncy here and there!
But that wasn't what caught my interest!
That was most piqued by the fabulous support off to one side!
The support truly was a wing, a prayer and a barrel! Oh, and a bag of fertilizer.
Tell me what you think!
Now if that isn't special let me know!
That barrel is supported by nothing that I could see.
I could get my hand around it and under it!
The end of the beam must be stuck into something unseen, but if it is, how is the barrel attached to the beam?
Obviously that bag of fertilizer is doing its job, solid as it is.
You can never go wrong with some additional support. And once you go fertilizer bag, well, you don't go back.
But that barrel is magical! Maybe there's a rabbit inside!
And it's old too! That barrel has been there for a long, long time!
The barrel has no writing on it, but this is rural Virginia! It could very well be a whiskey barrel!
Maybe they hid it there from "dem gubment revenooers!"
This house is located in Hume, Virginia. Hume isn't a town really, just a location comprised of a bunch of spread-out residences. There is one main road, cleverly named Hume Road.
It has a zip code though! And 500 residents!
I have to wonder how many houses nearby have cellars like this with magical barrel supports under old, hand-hewn beams!
My recommendation: when you run across something very interesting or unusual you just want to share it! Next time maybe I'll tap the barrel to see what's inside!
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