Our first stop was to see this building which she said was the old store she use to walk barefoot to. I think she said she took eggs to trade for things they needed.
This little church is across from the store and Aunt Alean said she use to go to church there some. I see the name on it is Pleasant Ridge -Pacetown Missionary Baptist Church. I can't read the fine print to tell when it was established. Wonder how it feels to be 95 and going back to see where you use to walk and spend time as a young child at?
She was born just a few miles from this little town and lived there till she married her first husband. At that time they rented a place near Spooky Springs which I believe is also in the general area.Once he joined the service she went back home to live with her parents and lived here with them after her first child was born until her husband came back home from the service. So she spent many years in this vicinity.
This is a hand painted picture of the "old Hicks home place" . She described the rooms to me . The bedrooms (only two) were on the main floor and the family room and kitchen were on the lower level which was built into the hill side. I only wish I remember this place but I was too young when my grandparents moved into town to remember it much. And actual pictures have not been found to exist yet.
Here Aunt Alean is looking at a newspaper clipping of her and her sister Artie and other classmates. She attended White Hall School as a young girl and walked to that school with her sister Artie. Her sister Artie was killed in a car accident in 1967 and Aunt Alean is about the last of those classmates still living.
Aunt Alean is on the front row in the plaid dress and her older sister Artie is on the back in a matching plaid dress. I'm sure my Grandma Hicks made their dresses. She was well known in the area for her sewing skills and for her quilts. I so love these old pictures and stories!