Saturday, December 12, 2009

W. R. and Minnie Cruce's Homeplace

The home place of William Richard "Uncle Dick" and "Aunt Minnie" Cruce. The beautiful old two-story home has been a landmark for many years. It sits at the top of what we always called Crayne Hill.

Uncle Dick and Aunt Minnie always kept their Civil War era home is top repair, and it was a show place of the area.

The picture at the right is the way the home used to look in the 1920's and up until the past 10 years or so. Today the porches are still there but the screened in section has been removed and the second story balcony and railing have been removed. It's hard to tell that it is this same home in the picture.

Today, Edna Nell Cruce Dunagan, the fifth generation of Cruces' lives in the house. There is some new work going on at the place with bricks being layed on the porch floors and bottom of the columns.

Aunt Minnie Cruce was known for her love of flowers and her beautiful flower gardens.  They were a showcase of color in the summer.  One I remember so well was her pink and white Peonies.  She was known as having a 'green thumb' in that all she planted grew to be large and beautiful.  The story was told that when she died July 30, 1965, that she had made arrangements that her garden hoe was to buried with her.  The local undertaken told me some years later that this was true, that she did have her hoe place in the casket with her.  I'd say there are some beautiful flowers in Heaven today.

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