“It’s not the typical antique store,” said Montana Robertson, who owns the Blue Pig Cafe
“The quickest way to get to know a woman is to go shopping with her.” -M Cox
I finally met a friend who lives close to the camp~! If you haven’t been reading my blog you might not know we bought an old Forest Service ranger station in Oregon on the Siuslaw River. Anyways, omg.. it’s been quite a journey this past year!! Life changing really, so many days of cleaning, painting, fixing , hammering, moving, and rebuilding… the list is just too long and boring to talk about!! It’s been lonely at times too, although a lot of our friends and relatives came to see us during the summer. This is our first winter here, it’s a bit dreary sometimes raining for days. I lost my train of thought so, back to the tea party… I met a really nice lady at church and she invited me for tea!! It was wonderful visiting her amazing 1920’s white adorable house right on the river. We had tea and talked and laughed…funny how just a mere act of kindness can change ones entire week! xo
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It was crazy beautiful this weekend at the beach! I didn’t have a model, but I grabbed a few vintage items out of my studio.
I heard the Old Birdseye place $SOLD!
“The historic Birdseye house, gutted by fire in 1990, is still standing, celebrating its 150th birthday and looking much as it did in pioneer days when it was among the first homes built by settlers ‘ even serving as Fort Birdseye, protecting settlers during the Rogue Indian Wars in 1855.
Like their ancestors who successfully defended it against American Indians and, later, the bankers, the present Birdseyes, Ted and Sheri ‘ headed for divorce court after five years apart ‘ hope to preserve the simple, white-painted log cabin and its 320 acres.
It’s one of the oldest farms in Oregon, with a Donation Land Claim filed in 1853 and I’ve been told all these wonderful, historic stories about it all my life, says Birdseye, who raises cattle, horses and hay there. I have a real sense of roots here. I knew my great-grandmother (Effie Birdseye, daughter-in-law of the settlers) and she told me all about my great-great grandfather (David Nelson
Birdseye), who was a packer to Portland and the coast.
David and Clarissa operated a trading post in Jacksonville and were parents of the first white child born in the Rogue Valley ‘ Jim Birdseye in 1854 ‘ says Ted Birdseye. Jim was the one who changed the pronunciation of the surname to birds-ee, he notes, so he wouldn’t be mistaken for an Indian in his run for county sheriff. Ted pronounces it the old way ‘ birds-eye ‘ although some older residents use birds-ee for the adjacent creek and road, says Sheri Birdseye, a teacher at Elk-Trail Elementary School.
Dates are a little misty, but the Birdseye house appears to be one of the earliest three or four homes built in Jackson County, along with the Colver and McManus homes in Phoenix and the John P. Walker home in Ashland, according to Carol Harbison-Samuelson of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. The Mountain House Inn on Old Siskiyou Highway dates to 1852. All are still standing.
— Situated on the left bank (looking downstream) of the Rogue River between Gold Hill and the city of Rogue River, the structure looks like an ordinary, older home ‘ until you get within 20 paces of it and notice its literally carved out of surrounding environment, with huge timbers, hand-hewn and notched by a broadaxe, explains Ted Birdseye.
He points to the shrewd craftsmanship of the clan father, five generations back, who lapped each beam a half-inch farther out than the one below it, so rain wouldn’t eat away the mud-and-straw chinking.
It was a gutted mess. It was like losing a child, but at least we didn’t lose our children (Victor and Kelley, then 15 and 5), he says. The house has given me and my kids a sense of who we are, but I can’t decide whether I’ve just been propagandized or if it’s really important to save this. We thought about bulldozing it and starting over.
The Birdseyes pressure-blasted almost 2 inches of charcoal off the inside of the beams and restored the inside, adding a second story on the extension, against the wishes of historians, he adds. A historic, open-walled buggy bay, built of hand-hewn beams, still extends off the two-story addition.
The home was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. A bronze plaque, placed in the 1920s by the Daughters of the American Revolution, sits on a large stone by the homestead’s wrought-iron fence. With federal grant help, says Sheri Birdseye, the home was restored and served, as required by the grant, as a living history museum 12 days a year in the 1970s and ’80s.
It was a difficult place to live in, with wood heat and insulation from the 1860s, often colder inside than out, says Sheri Birdseye. But I just love it. My heart is there.
Effie Birdseye’s response is quoted in Southern Oregon: Short Trips Into History, by Marjorie O’Harra of Ashland. They told me, ‘Don’t cry on our shoulders when you lose the place, Effie,’ and it made me so mad. They called me a ‘mere woman’ and said I couldn’t pay off the farm alone. ‘Set it up and sell it,’ they said. ‘This place belongs to me and my boys and we are going to keep it,’ I told them. ‘I know what I can do, and I am going to do it,’ and I did.” By John Darling,for the Mail Tribune
National Register #74001688
David N. Birdseye House
Highway 99 at David N. Birdseye Creek
SPRINGFIELD — A pair of businesswomen moved their combination antique and home decor shop, restaurant and bakery from a hard-to-find-spot in central Springfield to one of Lane County’s major shopping malls.
Indulge! Antiques & Fine Interiors and the Blue Pig Cafe moved from a small shopping center off Mohawk Boulevard to The Shoppes at Gateway, the more than 800,000-square-foot mall near Interstate 5. … READ MORE! #INDULGE #SHOPPESGATEWAY http://registerguard.com/…/indulge-a-local-antique-shop-wit…
3000 Gateway Street #406
Wow I’m in love with this house! Hope it’s ok to share these pictures, I would love to go and photo this place in it’s original condition!! This place reminds me of the house in the 80’s movie “Baby Boom” – staring Diane Keaton, she buys that beautiful yellow house, sight unseen, after she inherits a (Baby)… lol she’s from New York where she’s a huge success, she decides to move to the country, (because of the baby) and when she gets to the beautiful yellow house she finds out it’s a real fixer-upper!! It all works out in the end, she’s fabulous, creative and smart, of course she produces a baby food she sells it’s a $$huge success!! Anyway I’m grasping… I can’t remember it all, it’s been too long, I just remember the house, and the long, long winter, & the baby. 🙂
I ventured out to Coburg to the Vintage/Antique fair to take some pictures and of course buy some treasures!! Here’s some of my favorite!
Elizabeth Beckett Her mom owns The Mercantile in Springfield. “Antiques are fun. Retro is fun. I wear it. I love it. And it’s such a great culture and everyone that’s part of this atmosphere and culture is really kind,” Beckett said. *source NBC16 http://nbc16.com/news/local/old-items-get-new-owners-at-coburg-antique-and-vintage-fair
Brad and Montana of Indulge Antiques The Shoppes at Gateway Springfield Oregon.
My girls Juliette and Jessalyn and yes we bought some great stuff! Join us next year in Coburg Oregon! *please don’t use my images without permission. thanks xo
Look at this cool old Belvedere we found! love the it, it’s all original. xo *Remember 1958 Plymouth Belvedere (as Fury) in “Christine, 1983”
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