The way it used to be. Old house with porch and barn and honor system.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

This country home that is now empty on Smith Road in Searcy Arkansas caught my eye as I drove past.  I thought to myself that the house should be on my blog.  But I didn't stop.

Smith Road old house

I saw this old barn beside the house and thought it should be on my blog. The country house and barn illustrated the way folks used to live.  The house had a big old front porch, long windows, no underpinning and tin roof.  Seems as if most of the barns looked like this one. 

Old barn Smith Rd

But I didn't stop.

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Then I saw something on the side of the road that DID make me stop.  Fresh tomatoes, okra, squash, shelled peas, melons!  I stopped quickly and discovered the honor system.  No one was there to handle money.  They trusted me to put my dollars in the car and choose what I wanted.  I did and then took pictures of this whole glorious system of how things used to be!!

Honor system for vegetables

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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mary, I didn't think of that!  It is mowed and weeded and looks better than a lot of occupied houses.

Aug 04, 2011 02:51 PM #1
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Anita Fuller

Love the pictures...you sure have any eye.  I would have seen that old house, and passed on by!  Barn looks pretty well kept, though.

And, yes, probably only in the south can one put out vegs.a money box  and expect everyone to be honest.  A dear lady here in Greers Ferry does that..and has for years.  She has never had anyone take the money and run!     In Chicago, from where I moved before Greers Ferry....all the produce and money would be gone in a NY minute.

Aug 05, 2011 02:46 AM #2
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

What did you get? Look at the good ventilation under the house. Did you check under the porch for watermelons and cantaloupes?

Love the pictures.

Aug 05, 2011 06:00 AM #3
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Cliff

In the olden days there would have been a couple of hound dogs lying underneath the house on the cool dirt. 

Aug 05, 2011 07:33 AM #4
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Debbie Wantulok

I LOVE IT!  But not on days that the heat index is 130 degrees...

It is a beautiful picture and trigers all kinds of old tales...

My dad used to live in a house that you could count the chickens through the cracks in the floor boards...

Enjoy the fresh produce...if this weather keeps up it will all dry up!

Keep us coming back!

Aug 05, 2011 07:42 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, I almost didn't stop but the veggies did it.  I was there again today and they still have lovely garden tomatoes!  And okra!  And peas!

Don, I went back today and got more goodies.  I love the system!

Cliff, and perhaps a kid or two trying to stay cool.  I did climb under the houses and play in the dirt.

Debbie, you need to drive out there for the fresh vegetables.  I once saw my half brother stomp a snake that crawled up through the cracks in the floor!!

Aug 05, 2011 07:48 AM #6
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Dana McGary
Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group, Searcy, Arkansas - Searcy, AR
Realtor - White County, Arkansas

My Mom and Aunt were just telling me about going out there the other day!  Veggie's were great!

Aug 08, 2011 05:23 AM #7
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Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Barbara, I remember when my father in law had his grocery store, deliveries arrived their store before the sun rises and left it in the front of the store.  No one would steal them, or they would leave the money if they really needed it before the store opened.  Those were the days.

Aug 08, 2011 10:18 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Dana, perhaps we need to keep this a secret?  Those tomatoes were SO good.

Rita, honesty was great!  But I do think that MOST people are still decent and honest.  My husband says that all a lock does is keep an honest man out!

Aug 08, 2011 03:20 PM #9
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