Such a beautiful description you wrote. I remember apple trees everywhere. Yes, it was a most welcoming home. 2 large living areas, dining room, kitchen and 8 enormous bedrooms. Notice I didn't mention a powder room. Indoor plumbing was installed in 1965, prior to that it was a number 3 tub and path. The back porch housed a water well and a old wringer type washing machine.
Every August, my father's family gathered in this grand home for family reunions. Imagine 100+ family members spilling out the doors and down the hill where the house stood. As a child, it never occurred to me this grand home wouldn't be in the family for all times. Such beautiful memories.