Life, Faith and Urban Farming

The life and happenings of an unconventional pastor and urban farmer living in the city with a family of five.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

History




Being in an old house is cool. I often wonder what this street was like in 1860 when Thomas Mellon tended his orchard on the other side of our back fence. I also wonder what's actually original in this house and what was added later. I know the bathroom is an addition, but I don't know where the outhouse was.

During my two weeks of enjoying living here and not actually working on anything I had a couple minutes to begin researching the house and our neighborhood's history. Here's a picture of Thomas Mellon's house, our nearest neighbor in 1860. Also a picture of what's there now. Check out the map from the 1870's. For now, it's back to work taking care of further lead abatement.

2 comments:

Patrick said...

John, those are pretty sweet images. Where did you get those?

John said...

the pictures are both from

http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/