How I yearn for a ‘Semple House’

My aunt recently found this old picture of the back of The Semple House, the home where my mother and her sisters were raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. Since my grandfather was the chief landscape architect for Colonial Williamsburg they lived in one of the historical homes – complete with beehives, chicken coops, a smokehouse, vegetable garden and, I am sure, more neat buildings I am forgetting (root cellar?). Funny how I now yearn for these features to come with all houses!

*The back addition was removed decades ago since it was not original to the building.

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