Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features a boat tied up along a canal wall. I am not a “boat person” per se because, unlike Goose and Maverick, I do not have a need for speed. However, my first ride on a gentle and slow-moving pontoon boat changed my life. In 2011 we bought a vacation home at Smith Mountain Lake in the southwestern part of Virginia. A pontoon came with it!
|Sister and Moi on the pontoon 2016|
When the lake opened in 1969, its main purpose was to generate electricity and to serve as a recreational facility for weekenders. For $1000 a family could buy a lot where they could set up a tent or bring a camper. Folks fished from the bank or from a canoe or john boat, maybe even from a small run-about.
Plans for neighborhoods and condo communities were years away. While today there are many million-dollar homes, there are just as many small cabins, A-frames, rag-tag mobile homes and trailer parks.
Probably years of immersion in family history and studying old photos has drawn me to the original homes and docks of Smith Mountain Lake. I took photos of some of them to use as artwork in a guest room.
No longer can anyone build a home out over the water. Such homes are grandfathered, but if they fall in, that’s IT - bye bye.
Nobody builds boat garages anymore. I certainly wouldn’t want to. They look like havens for snakes and spiders.
Homeowners with deep water and deep pockets enjoy party docks like these.
No, that is not ours. Ours is modest.
|Our girls and their guys 2013|
Our dock in the background
See who is docked at Sepia Saturday.
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