For One Large Family, a Sprawling Victorian Home Housed Many Memories
Me with my sisters Heather and Jinx, circa 1950. That building in the background was known as Oak Hill and was home to a whole slew of aunts and uncles, most of whom were living out their retirement years. Oak Hill as it was called was the main house on an old fashioned working farm. I remember something called a separator machine in the basement where you would pour in raw milk and it would separate the milk from the cream. The cooking was done over a huge wood stove.
There were maybe 8-10 residents, all related, from a branch of my relatives with the last name Adams (yes, that would be the Adams family). It was run kind of like a boarding house with a large dining room where everyone ate regular meals together.
My favorite memory is of a large cherry tree orchard behind the house. When cherries were in season, I would climb those trees and stuff my gut with enough cherries to feed an army. The property is now home to a large shopping center (Gateway) located between Baltimore and Washington just off of I-95. The Victorian house eventually became an antique store and then burned to the ground in the 1960s. ~shared by @tenneymason