Childhood Memories Friday: The Milhous Place

Childhood Memories FridayI know. The Milhous place? Let me explain.

Nixon's mother's birthdplace Hannah MilhousHere’s today’s photo, taken in August 1972, when I was 7. Where were we? The Milhous Place. This is in Jennings County, Indiana, not far from where I grew up. It’s the remains of the home where Hannah Milhous grew up. Her grandparents arrived here in 1854. At age 12, she moved to California, where she later married Francis Nixon. Their son, Richard, became President of the United States.

This photo is a fun reminder of the many historical places our parents took my sister and me when we were growing up. I love how we’re holding the little bouquets and are even dressed patriotically (no doubt due to my mom’s prompting).

Today, I love history. I could spend hours just learning and soaking up knowledge. My sister, on the other hand, frequently shivers when a childhood historical visit is mentioned and goes on to tell how she dislikes museums and historical places (and she’s a teacher). I guess it just goes to show what a crapshoot parenting is. You never know what’s going to “take,” and what isn’t. You just pray and do your best.

What about you? Was your childhood full of history? Do you enjoy history today?

4 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: The Milhous Place

  1. I am that sister who didn’t learn to love history despite our many many many many many historical trips and experiences……the very thought of standing behind a burgundy, velvet “stay back” rope gives me chills.

  2. I love history but I don’t think it’s due to my upbringing. We didn’t visit many historical places when I was a child. But then, with my dad being a farmer, we didn’t get to visit manyy places outside of the county where I grew up. It was too hard for him to get away from the farm.

  3. History is important and interesting to me, but I usually enjoy the short version of the story of the place I am visiting rather than the whole 9 yards version. I remember feeling that way when visiting the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, NC.

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