Ancestral Homes...

Ancestral Homes... - Ancestral Homes...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
June 2, 2008 9:17am CST
There are numerous homes that have been passed down generation to generation. Usually from grandfather to father to son and so on. Sometimes it’s added to or remodeled but for the most part they stay the same and only the ppl in them change. Most homes from long ago were very well built and have stood the test of times. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side has a home like this. I’m not sure how old the house is or how many times it’s been passed down but in my lifetime my Grandparents have lived in it and my Dad lives in it now. My Mom and Dad lived there for a time when they were first married before I was born. I have great memories of the house and would love to have one built like it one day. Recently my Dad started talking about how he’s planning to sell it and move to another town…I was shocked. I just figured it would go to one of my Brothers to be passed down. I wish I had pics of the inside of it but all I have is outside pics of it. I don’t have them on my PC but I did find another pic of an old home on the net to share. Does your family have an ancestral home? Do you pass things from one generation to another? If you were offered an ancestral home in another state, would you move there or let the house go to another family member? If you built your own home, would you pass it down to your kids or sell it? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@yesah65 (158)
• United States
3 Jun 08
The thing that always fascinated me about old houses is the untold histories behind them. Who lived there, where did they all go? Oh, the stories houses could tell if walls could speak? So many unseen, mysterious secrets they hold. When I pass one along the way, I always wonder if maybe some of the former residents are still there, or not. Just because we can't see, doesn't mean they aren't still occupied... People, sometimes, become such a part of their homes...well, who knows?
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@rsa101 (22938)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
That is pretty interesting to know that there are families that keep their homes strong and last that long. As for me, I have no recollection that my grandfather had that. There is a tendency in my family that once their share of the heir was distributed they either sold their share and the propertry belong to someone else already.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I love the idea of having a house pass through generations and a lot of my friends live in just such a home. For some it's a struggle. The taxes and upkeep are more expensive than renting or buying a newer house but it's worth it. Unfortunately for me, the houses that belonged to each of my parents families of origin are now in the hands of other family members and the house I grew up in was leveled to build a nursing home.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
3 Jun 08
In my family we have justed dealt with this very issue, my family has land on a lake, we have know it all our lives. My grandparents were the original owners. Then they sold it to my parents, who built a very nice home there. Well my dad is getting old and wants to move to the city. At 1st no one in the family wanted to buy it except my sister and I who did not have the resources to. I was upset and scared it would be lost, to strangers. Then the next thing I heard, is my baby sister. Who's husband is doing very well in his business are going to buy it. They want to live in the country to raise their soon to be 4 sons, she is pregnant right now with the 4th one lol. What a relief that was to me. I talked to her and she said if they ever move they will make that their summer home. I can not tell you how much better I feel knowing it will still be a place to visit and spend time at. I am so happy it is staying in the family.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Jun 08
havent had one to pass down but the house my dad bought back in 1950 and we added on to it now w have to sell it for not one of us kids want to live therandeven if we did we would have to buyu out the other 2 and no one has the money for that! right now the money will go to momma to take care of her till she passes then we share what is left between us 3. hope it is for along time to come!
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@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I wish someone would give me a home! It'd be awesome. But unfortunately no one in my family is in to doing that sort of thing. Oh well. I'll just have to do it the old fashioned way and buy my own darn house. lol
• United States
2 Jun 08
My father Now lives in the home that my greatgrandfather bought and I too was shocked when He spoke of sellling the home and moving south although I never spoke to my father of this I know I was the next to get the house but if he sells it then there Is nothing I can do I just want my father Happy and well if that is what makes him happy then that is something I will have to live with
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• United States
2 Jun 08
i'm the 5th generation to live in my house.the building's 148 years old,so i guess you could call it ancestral.me and my brother are due to inheirit it equally,and he still lives here,so no fight involved.
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@littleowl (7157)
2 Jun 08
Hi Twoey-if there was a house that had been handed down from generation to generation there is definitly no way on gods green earth I would sell it-if I had one then I would put it in my will that under no certain circumstances after my deth should the house be sold but passsed down through the family always--unfortunatley that has not been the fortune to have one in our family-but my wedding dress I am passing down to my daughter for if and when she gets married-your friend littleowl
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• India
2 Jun 08
To be honest,I had an ancestral home in which my family and my uncle's family used to live.It was passed on for generations and generations.But as it is with changing times,there is no more existence of a joint family.Rather new nuclear families have sprung up.So out of little quarrels,our happy and loving joint family was divided into 2 nuclear families who sold the house and equally divided the money out of it. I was very young when this happened and always blamed the adults for separating me from my cousins with whom i spent so many precious moments.Even today the thought of a joint family haunts me and brings tears to my eyes.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Not that anything like this is going to happen,but it would be cool to find that there was an ancestral estate in the family and be able to move right in. Since there is absolutely nothing holding me in my state, I would have no objection to moving to another for something like that, especially if there was an old style pub in the area. If I built my own home then there is really no one in my family that it would go to besides cavegirl, so I guess a decision would have to be made concerning disposition of it.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
2 Jun 08
There are no ancestral homes in my family, except maybe for a castle in Ireland that my ancestors once owned. My cousins went there to visit, and it is in ruins, and a tourist attraction. I would have loved to see it when it was built in the 1400's. My husband and I built the house we live in, along with the help of a lot of family and friends. I would love to leave it to one of the kids, but I think they'll probably sell it. I don't like to think about the idea of someone non-family someday living in my house. Maybe I'll be a ghost and scare them away. That would be fun.
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Well, the problem with these houses is that it requires so much money to maintain in good shape ,and this is why I can understand your Dad. I have a ancestral home that I wish to leave to my kids ,but it all depends on the economy.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
2 Jun 08
I know what you man about the older homes being built solid, not like the newer homes they build today. I would definitly love to own an older home and I would like to remodel it to my liking. I think it could be a lot of fun. My family doesn't have any older home that was handed down from generation to generation, but my hubby's old homestead is still in the family. It is over 200 years old and has been remodeled several times. When his dad passed away nobody in the family wanted it except one brother, and you should see this home now. He is in the construction business and he has updated the whole house and you wouldn't believe it to be the same house. It is so nice and modern.
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
5 Jul 08
No real ancestral home in my family. My grandfather-in-law built the house he lives in, not many family still live in the same town where they grew up, so I don't kno if he will pass it on when he passes, or if the family will sell it. I do know a family that lives on a farm, and they have had the land in their family for over 200 years!! I don't think any of the buildings are that old, but the barn is over 100 years old. It's been fixed a few times, but still stands on the same stone foundation.
• Australia
5 Jul 08
Sadly, my family has done a lot of moving over the years. I don't think we have ever lived in a place for more than about 5 years, and even that was only because us kids were at school. I'd love to build my own house one day and be able to pass it on to my kids Old style with all the modern conveniences as well as eco friendly.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
7 Jun 08
our family has no ancestral home, though I have seen where my mom grew up as a kid. I am not so sure that if I inherited an ancestral home in another state, that I would move.