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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DIS~SEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, Jl REPRINTED BY REQUEST FROM THE FLORALA NEWS FILES OF TWO YEARS AGO There are a number of ex- citing places to visit in this area and one of the most in- teresting, as well as educa- tional, is the museum of Tatum Bedsole at Hacoda. Bedsole retired from the United States postal service several years ago and now spends his eniire timeputtering around with ~ his hobby. Ap- preaching his home is exciting within itself, turning off the main road and driving toward his house, crossing a small creek over which is a wooden bridge with trees overhead forming a cover - a covered bridge. To the side is a walk way crossing the creek and from both sides is beautiful and ap- parently a natural wooded area. Featured along with his mu- seum is a split log house built entirely from pioneering day materials. The 10g cabin is a relic from thepast and it is furnished with old furnishing of by-gone days, You will see pictured a little girl churning with an old time churn with stick dasher, sitting by the side of a big cook fireplace. You will see in the picture many of the type cooking utensils and containers ofpre-Civil War days. Also in the picture is an old spinning wheel. Serving as a model for the picture is Sonya Woodham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Larry Woodham. Also pictured is Sonya siring in the middle of the old bed covered with a beautiful hand- . SONYA PLAYS PART OF CHILD CHURNING made quilt, as reading and by the side of the bee is Tatum Bedsole as he pretends to have been reading but is now listening to the reading of a little girl. Inside the log cabin the au- thenticity of reproduction is plainly evident, beginning with the hand hewn floor boards, the flat wall of the split rails and the fireplace which supplied heat for the cabin and cooking. The hearth of the fireplace has the old iron pots used for cook- ing most of the meals and looks as if one was being prepared while you look at it. A small table sits in front of the fire- place set as if ready for the serving of the meal. The split log stools and table, old cow bottom chairs, an old school desk said to be severalhundred years old, and the old bed rails continue the pioneer days au- thenticity. The fireplace was built by Bedsole from rocks and mortar found on his prop- erty. Inside the cabin is a registration book listing the names and home addresses of the many visitors who have passed through the museum over the years and R is now in the third volume. Visitors are listed from just about every state in the Union. Among the items Bedsolehas secured is an Indian canoe, hewn from a log, that dates back probably three hundred years. It was located buried in the sand in a creek and the canoe is complete except for a piece on one end that had apparently terns, staple storage racks and other items are all more than I00 years old. Outside thecahin is displayed tools used by the men of those early days in- cluding corn and coffee or meal grinding units, a dinner bell used to call the hands from the fields which belonged to his grandfather, and other use- ful items of those days are on display. Pictured is Mr. Bedsole again along with Sonya who The earliest houses were extremely simple, They were mostly one-room frame houses or log cabins. This simple and convenient type of construction later spread to other parts of the country, and by the time of the Revolution it had become the typical dwelling of the pio- neers in the frontier settle- ments. Since the first houses were very small, furniture was scarce and designed so as to agreed to model for the News save space. In early colonial photographer, as he shows her days the main room was the an old 1898 Thomas A. Edison kitchen. At one end was a large phonograph as he played the fireplace with benches on each ro11 records, called cartridges, side, and round it hung utensils for her. Also pictured is Mr. of iron. Elsewhere in the same Bedsole standing by an old Swe- room were tubs, barrles, buck- dish clock, made in 1693, and ets, churns, and spinning- shipped to Freeport in the wheels as well as a bed or 1800's. The clock is ticking two, a chest, several stools, away and resounding its bells a table and a couple of chairs. on the hour and half hour. Mr. Bedsole's one-room log In his "museum building" cabin is arranged and filled which is also his office, are with all the things described photographs of pioneers and as being in the colonial kitchen. their descendents, books dating Today's women think of what over I00 years old, including energy and skill the colonlal an 1866 "History of the United women must have had to keep States." In a glass enclosed their households running with of Labor figures, This does not mean that ceiving equal work. Rather,. women are inl, jobs. Women ently been these jobs by well as the the community. For example~ half of the gir school receive training nomics, and in office prepared for dustry, health technical .jobs tend private Yet good in these areas What can be For one thing, education 1968 can provide ing opportunities] case are eye glasses belonging the crude utensils we see in the disac to his great grandparents and the kitchen of the Tatum Bed- adults and youth, grandparents, featuring very sole (first photo). There must Citizens small glass pieces for each eye. have been the endless hum of volved with the Bedsole's museum is one of the spinnlng-wheel, and the fre- state plans the most interesting places to quent tasks of candle-molding n~:u be found of actually old arti- There were huge kettles of hot o Id serve facts. There are many, many water to be lifted on and off councils other items in his office mu- the swinging pot-hooks and tion. The seum and on the grounds and smaller kettles in which schools can in the split log cabin that have bubbled the soup or pot roast, of the State not been mentioned. It would Butter was churned in the cil members ant use it on the water today. In display cases he has many items from pioneer days. In- dtan arrowheads, an old pistol, powder horn and sltng, lanterns, and other old artifacts make up the contents. He has an old musket type gun of the type u sod by Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett estimated to be more than 175 years old among his collection, as well as a pistol exactly like the one used to shoot President Abraham remained out of the sand and take days to tell about all the dasher churn shown in the pic- information deterrioraied. Bedsolesaldthat items he has stored in the ture. the canoe continues to be sea- office, log cabin and on the Note the old patch quilt on support of worthy and that two men could grounds, thv~ in the picture, When a tional education In all of this he is assisted home was a small factory, as As new by his wonderful wife, who is in colonial times, the load of young women also retiree aRerbeingaschool housework was made lighter by college-bound teacher for many years. She community cooperation, as at a couraged to modestly remains in the back- quitling bee. The quilt, pieced ground but enjoys his interest, by candlelight for weeks, was quilted in a day by all the WISH apparently as much as he Surrounding the beauliful women of the neighborhood. home and the log cabin and Tatum Bedsole's collection displays are wooded areas with is one of the most complete large oak and pine trees, one to be found anywhere. He can which contains honey bees with tell you a story of just about honey that has not been dis- every piece in his colonial col- turbed for more than five years, lection. "There's no Lincoln and a gun exactly llke Many dogwood and other flower- the one used to kill President Ing trees are growing in the I ,.~-~-.. I it, but a '~~,~i~~stirred up b'~' ~Iohn F. Kennedy. He has a area. Going unnoticed but is it's awomani$ windbags.' --] tomahawk stone estimated by something representatives of geologists as being more th~ this newspaper Rre.interest0d .. :~.he l~iorenee4 g,000 years old and arrow: 'in'returfilng and travellng, is an R~eds believed to be m0re~ha~ ~I ~co~ry typei!~.lid of ~iibse'! ,,' "It'S easier .to 5,000 years old. Arrowheads early years, winding through a than q found on his property and forest of trees. Bedsole stated by MARY LEE THOMPSON will swallow you other parts of the area line many shelves, including a bow and several arrows, and carpet bags used by the carpetbaggers following the Civil War. As pictured he has located outside the cabin a water well with stone edges, utensils, camp fire benches and other items normally found around the well are there including the oldwash pot and battling block, which was used in those days to beat the dirt out of the clothes. He has on display a covered wagon complete with all the trappings. The wagon, yoke, stanchions and other equipment including water barrels, lane that beginning back of the mus- scum the winding road covers over two and one-half miles and ends up near the split log cabin. Registered in his guest book are the names of more than 1,000 visitors last year with approximately 5,000 persons who have been taken on tours during the past I0 years through the museums which he conducts himself and explains every item seen there. He is continuing to add to his collection and can relate the history of each item, who owned it, and the parti- cular point of history in the SOUth. Today's young woman looks forward to a different life from that of her grandmother or her mother. She will live longer, be better educated, and most likely work at a job for more years. In spite of better prepara- tion and more options for a career, the average women who have full-time jobs earn far less than their male coun- terparts. The average in 1970 was $5,323, or 59 percent of the $8,966 earned by men, according to U.S. Department credit is so much tive."--E. J Chariton (Me.) The Federal I4 ministration s$ standard size, 8 cylinder transmission period costs 13.51 Corn makes it one farm worke] one people for take-home else in the f~,,. . BEDSOLE PLAYS PART OF READING TO CHILD I