We’ve quickly come to realize our new house is unique because of things left behind by those who came before. Three things in particular strike me as notable and interesting.
First of all, our front doorway includes a Mezuzah. The practice of hanging Mezuzot on doorways is a Jewish tradition that hearkens back to Moses. After receiving the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai, Moses told the Israelites, “…write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9)
The Mezuzah consists of two chapters from the Torah written in Hebrew on parchment, rolled into a scroll, inserted into a case, and attached to the doorpost. There are specific requirements as to how and where to affix the Mezuzah. Here’s the one attached to our front door frame.
I am humbled by the history of Mezuzah and feel having God’s word on our threshold can only be a good thing. This is part of our home’s history so I prefer to leave it. (Since John and I are not Jewish, I hope by leaving it we are not being disrespectful of the Jewish religion. Do any of my Jewish friends have an opinion?)
Our home was built in 1876. Until recently (twentieth century), families put tangible objects inside walls to protect their homes from evil spirits, ward off disease, and encourage fertility. When the prior owners renovated our house, they found this child’s shoe (a common symbol of fertility) buried in the wall. I plan to place it inside a display box to preserve it and show it off.
See these old bottles?
These bottles were discovered buried on the property. Since this historic area of Fayetteville was a Civil War encampment, who knows! Maybe some of these glass bottles date to the Civil War? Regardless, I am in awe of the history and grateful the bottles were left for us. I’ll be displaying these in our home too.
Do you live in an old home? Have you found cool things buried on your property or inside the walls? I’d love to know.
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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
― Rudyard Kipling