Memories of My Childhood Home in Bluewell, West Virginia

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It was 1952, I was five years old, and moving into our new house located in Bluewell, WV…. My parents and 11 children.  My parents had this home built and mom made some design changes to the rooms.  The rooms were very large, and just right for our family.  There was a large eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room and two bedrooms on the first level.  One was my parent’s bedroom and the other bedroom was for the oldest sibling…..usually the oldest girl got that bedroom. 

My childhood home

The upstairs had two bedrooms, with a bath between the two rooms.  The rooms were so big; mom had two double beds in each room. On each side of the house there was a large attic.  One attic was turned into a bedroom.   There were still six girls and three boys living at home.  (My brother Danny joined the military and Betty got married.)    I can remember at times there were two (somestime three) girls in one bed.  It was truly fun.  We would laugh and giggle until Mom would call upstairs for us to be quiet and go to sleep.

Hardwood floors were throughout the house.  I remember on Saturdays we all helped clean house.  The most fun was when mom would clean and wax the hardwood floors.  With our socks on, we would dance around on the waxed floors and pull each other with old towels; while one of my brothers would use the buffing machine.  Thus, putting a great shine on the floors. 

I remember the day we moved into the new house, the new television arrived before our furniture and mom said we could watch TV, but we had to sit on newspaper
because she didn’t want us to track up her beautiful new hardwood floors.

Mother died in 1967, Dad followed later in 1999.  We sold the house in 2008, after my brother got too sick and had to go into a nursing home. 

Today, the house is back on the market.
  It is sad when I think of my childhood home, both happy and sad memories, without a loving family to run the halls creating new memories. 

This house, that was my childhood home, located on a hill overlooking Bluewell, was mother's pride and joy, will always hold a special place in my heart, as will the memories.


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Comments (13)

Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Rebecca - I haven't had a chance to visit my childhood home in many years.  I would be interested to see how things look around there.  Thanks for sharing your memories here!

Sep 07, 2009 04:19 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing the memories with us this morning. Homes are very specials places where families make memories for life.

Sep 07, 2009 04:21 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

These memories are to be treasured and can never be replaced. I would love to visit my home I grew up in. Thanks for sharing the memories.

Sep 07, 2009 04:23 AM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Hi Rebecca-Great memories of all the fun times growing up. Your parents had a big family. WOW!!! Eleven kids. Definitely a house full. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day. :-)

Sep 07, 2009 05:06 AM
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

Rebecca ~ You almost have me home sick.  I love to hear about childhood memories so thank you.  No body has 11 children these days well, not unless your crazy & rich!  :O)

Sep 07, 2009 06:41 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

To everyone ... thanks for your kind remarks on my childhood home.  My sister, Myrlon, and I were talking about all our memories..,there are so many...and I do cherish them.

Sep 07, 2009 12:31 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

What a beautiful story!  Large families have such interesting memories, it sounds like your mother was a wonderful woman.  Thank you for sharing.

Sep 07, 2009 10:44 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Penny, Mother was the greatest.

Sep 08, 2009 05:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Rebecca Banana!  I love your story - sounds like a happy, joyful loving home - bursting with kids everywhere (even mor than my family 8 sibblings!)  Hey - I let the kids clean our harward floors in their socks too.  We'd crank up the music and dance away.  Fun memories!

Sep 08, 2009 06:25 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Back atcha Anna Banana....tooo much fun dancing in our socks ..yeah some GREAT memories.

Sep 08, 2009 07:04 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I don't like to think about my childhood homes too much. There's a reason why I live in San Diego instead of Brigham City, Utah, or Kingsville, Texas -- LOL.

Sep 10, 2009 03:53 AM
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Rebecca - Thanks for sharing the memories.  We have neighbors with 8 kids.  My mother in law was 1 of 8 kids.  It is pretty amazing that the stories are all similar with the older kids helping the younger, tons of family activities and usually a large garden.  Thanks for sharing some of your bitter sweet memories.

Sep 10, 2009 12:16 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Russel...I am glad that you are happy in San Diego.

Ryan, you are welcome...and yes they are bitter sweet memories. That would have been a good title for this post.

Sep 10, 2009 01:03 PM