Our first stop was for some food. Of course we went for barbecue. A quick Google search found JimDandy's BBQ.
|Yum! Brisket, collard green and potato salad + corn bread!|
William went on to be the 31st president, 35th attorney general of the US and the chief supreme court justice making him the only man to do so.
Below is a fireplace that was in the bedroom of Alphonso's father, Peter Rawson Taft. He was put in charge of construction and maintenance of the home. He also taught young William about Aesop's Fables and after reading each one, he ordered these special tiles from Europe to go around the fire place.
Peter Rawson Taft kept immaculate journals of everything in the home. He knew the dimensions of every room, kept an inventory of everything in each room and serial numbers on every piece of equipment and furniture. These journals were stored in a desk that was sold at auction when Alphonso sold the home. The new owner of the desk found them and kept them. When they heard that the house was being restored they donated the journals back to the Taft House.
William's mother, Louise, sent detailed letters back to her family in Connecticut detailing the wall paper, furniture, drapes, their colors, patterns, and intricacies. When they restored the home, they were able to go the the journals and letters and replicate everything as it was in the home down to the gas light fixtures and carpet. Louise was the one who wanted to make the parlor for something other than a room to view a casket, she brought in lively colors, carpet, and drapes and a piano then hosted parties in the room, from her we get the term "living room."
Patrick's favorite trivia about William Howard Taft is that the man was so fat that he got stuck in a bathtub.
William's son Robert went on to be a star in his own right. He was elected to the Ohio House then the Senate and from there became a US Senator responsible for the Taft-Hartley Act, Senate Majority leader and tried to run for President.
I thought this quote was fitting for the country right now. Seems there really is nothing new under the sun.
We took pictures as we walked around. Becky had the camera and I had my cell phone. It was interesting to see the differences in what we photographed. She focused on the details, the buildings and the scenery and I liked to take pictures of the overview capturing the scale of the place.
A note about the pictures, some seem darker than others because the lights periodically dim and brighten to simulate day and night.
|In many of the scenes they hid these rabbits and dinosaurs. There were plaques giving a list of objects to find so that people could see the detail that was put into the making of the place.|
|All the water was real flowing from a waterfall and traveling through the scenes.|
|They camouflaged this support pole as the Space Needle.|
|I showed this to Becky. A kind woman equals crazy cat lady!|
We made it back to the trailer and spent the rest of the evening being lazy.
The museum is opening a fourth building on June 16th. If you do come plan to allocate at least two days to see this place and read all the information.
|A-10 Warthog living the Braaap life.|