Today, I hope you'll join me on a short summer journey. It will take us down a winding country road, past green pastures with tall trees and long fences.
We will end up at a place full of savory and sweet delights, accompanied by the lilting sounds of folk music and birdsong...
And the scent of beautiful florals and ripening fruit wafting through the pine trees...
But, before we reach this inviting destination, I will tell you the story of how this place came to be....
The North Star House was the main home for the superintendent of the North Star Mine.
Commissioned by Superintendent Arthur DeWint Foote and his wife, Mary Hallock Foote, an author and illustrator, it was designed by Julia Morgan, Arts and Crafts architect, in 1905.
The North Star Mine was the second largest producer of gold during California's Gold Rush.
The Footes originally lived on the mine property for ten years with their three children, in a cottage, when Foote and his wife decided they needed a home to entertain the investors, dignitaries and celebrities that were coming to the Gold Country. They hired Morgan to design it. While living in the house, Mary Foote wrote her lifetime reminiscences which form her published memoirs, "A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West." From the time of construction to 1968, the residence was occupied by the Foote family.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2011, months later, it is still undergoing restoration...
The 18,000 square foot mansion, with 22 rooms, cost $23,000 to construct.
Footnote: Information obtained from Google/Wikipedia
Now, as promised, we have reached the destination of our short journey...
During the summer season the property is the scene of the Nevada County Grower's Market. It is also used as a venue for weddings and other celebrations.
Gorgeous Green Beans
"The modern marketer will still occasionally observe some relics of the past; who cling to the old custom taught in their youth, perhaps by an honored sire, who was not too proud to carry home a well-filled market basket."
"The Market Assistant" 1867
Hope you are enjoying all the bounty that summer has to offer....Judy
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