08/12/13

The Thomas Price of Love

 

Love ……………………………………………………… thy name is The Price House.

 

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Love Stories ……. sigh ……  how the couple met ……  the sacrifices made all in the name of love. The journey against all odds and finally……….. a happy ending???

 

Great or even not so great ….  love stories capture my interest.

And if you add an old historic home,  I am carried away to another time … another place when 2 lovers were swept up in their emotions and the rest of the world doesn’t exist, doesn’t matter for that moment in time.  Because the love story of Thomas and Ann Price is not documented, indulge me while my imagination fills in the blanks. Their love story led them to the historic Price House.

 

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Ann Price was a well to do widow living in Charleston in the 1780’s. After observing the proper waiting period when her husband passed away,  many suitors were knocking on her door.  Her family expected Ann to chose a well respected, wealthy gentleman to marry and live happily ever after in Charleston .

 

Imagine their concern when they found out she was entertaining Thomas Price in her parlor. Tom was a young headstrong man from the colony of Virginia. He was younger than Ann and did not appear to have much money. That makes their love story all the more intriguing. Fighting for love, taking stolen moments away  from peering eyes and the gossip of busybodies. 

 

Finally a plan to be together without interference. Tom had relatives in the backcountry frontier a few hours away. There was plenty of land and opportunities. What Tom was lacking in money he had in a vision of cashing in on  opportunities awaiting as the frontier was transforming into the antebellum Upcountry through better roads and communications.

 

 

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Ann severed all ties with family and their adventure began . The Price House was built in 1795 along the young nation’s burgeoning road network. Tom ran a general store, post office and tavern for the local community as well as an inn for travelers.         

 

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The house was built out of hand made bricks….  the walls are 18” thick. . The chimney’s for four fireplaces was built inside instead of outside for better heating.

 

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According to history , two-dozen enslaved African Americans worked in these businesses, labored in cotton fields, and lived in quarters not unlike the slave cabin on-site today. ( not a good part of the history for the Price House nor our country nor their love story.) 

Price House tells the stories of how free and enslaved residents changed the Upcountry from a frontier to an antebellum society through improved roads and communications, more non-farm businesses, and an explosion in cotton farming and slave labor as well as how these residents caused social, economic, and environmental changes that still impact the region today.

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The good…………… the bad………… and the ugly …………..

the love story of Thomas and Ann Price forever lives in the history of  time.