This was our first stop on Thursday. This was one of my favorite stops of our trip. This house was the first house built in Camden that was not a log cabin, it was a saw cut board house! This house just had two owners and they left or have donated back to the house many of the original furnishings which really helps you get the vision of what the house looked like back then.
The docent told us many stories about the Chidester family. When Union armies were approaching Camden, General Steele decided he would stay at the McCollum-Chidester house. He sent ahead a patrol of men to tell Mrs Chidester of her 'soon to be guest'. She was a fast thinker!! She had a money belt that she put all their money in and then put it on her most trusted slave. She then gave the slave the baby and had her sit by the fire to keep warm. Mrs. Chidester then hid the silver in the back yard. When the Yankees came, they patted down everyone in the house looking for money, but they never found Mrs. Chidester's!!! Below is her silver that they didn't find either!
After Marks Mill we drove east. Andrew had picked out a place for us to eat lunch in Lake Village. I refused to go in. Andrew did come back saying that he was probably the only one in there with all his own teeth. Andrew said the tamales were amazing. He got me a hamburger and it was yummy!Andrew got a dozen tamales and brought some home to Carl.
Here is the view out the front door of our cabin. I want to go back. So peaceful.
Here is the inside of our cabin and the back.
So far Andrew and I have 18 stamps in our passports with 5 more to go.