Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Surprise around the corner


I went out this week intent on getting images of a couple barns I’d seen on my way back from Selma. It wasn’t a great day for photography, grey with a flat and boring sky. Not great light. Kind of drizzling.

I took a picture of this barn 2 years ago, through my car windshield. This time I parked in it’s driveway and got out.

But it wasn’t a great day for hanging at the lake or hiking up a mountain either, so I figured what the heck, I’d go get those barns.

I almost didn’t get out of the car for this one, but it turned out to be pretty interesting with it’s drooping roof and missing siding.

And after that second one I headed down an unfamiliar road in the direction I figured Auburn would be. I turned left when the road ended because that felt like the right direction to go.

Such stately buildings, all red brick and white trim.

And noticed all these beautiful buildings behind a black wrought iron fence. I figured it was a military school of some sort. And then I saw this house and the sign in front of it.

This is Booker T. Washington’s home. Can you guess, now, where I was?

I began to look for a place to turn around and park. Because it’s not every day you accidently stumble upon Tuskegee University.

The entrance to the university.

And you for sure as heck can’t just drive right on past it. Even if it is drizzling and cold and getting dark. I would love to go on a tour of the house, and the university. I need to do some investigating and find out if there are such things.

Did you know he had 3 wives?

Meanwhile I’ve ordered Booker T. Washington’s autobiography. I want to know more about his children too, and what they did with their lives. I hope I can find that.

This woman sounds fascinating too.

You just never know where you’ll end up when you go barn hunting.

That’s for sure.

Barns, barns, everywhere a barn.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

37 thoughts on “Surprise around the corner

  1. Beautiful! I am nominating you for an award soon!


  2. Follow the road and see what you find. Treasures all over the place!


  3. This is the most exciting thing about driving around a town–you just never know what you’re going to find.


  4. As we would say in Maine, that was some find! Hope to read more on future posts. What a beautiful, historic place!


  5. Love history and historical places! What a great find, what a great post!! ❤️❤️❤️


  6. Wow. Ok, “barn hunting” is on my list. And Booker’s book.


  7. why a fun adventure you let us go on with you here – how fun – and the barns are extra cool – whisper of stories there


  8. what a worthwhile drive on a gray day! Booker T Washington’s house is quite beautiful


  9. Fun! I love wandering into adventures.
    On a side note, thought of you yesterday. Hiking in Florida and left my water in the car. 😂


  10. The decision to make a left at the end of the road turned out to be the right choice! Thank you taking us along, Dawn!


  11. Beautiful photos. You prove you just gotta follow your muse down whatever road she wants to go down.


  12. Three wives you say?… Do tell!


    • First two died. The first one died within a year of having their daughter. He got married a year or so later (I don’t remember all the dates) and had two sons, and then that wife died. He married wife #3 who helped raise (odds are did all the raising) the children.


  13. Three wives??? Was that legal back then? Dawn, you do such a good job capturing photos of interesting barns. And, even though it was gray and dreary, at least you were able to get outside. I’m assuming you’re staying put for a while longer, considering the weather mess in the middle of the country?!


  14. Fantastic serendipity! Follow a hunch or a whim or whatever — you’re bound to end up somewhere.


  15. Well what a neat adventure for you! And Barns too! ☺️


  16. Well that was an adventure! Keep having fun!


  17. It’s so fun to discover what’s hidden in plain sight.


  18. No, I didn’t know he had three wives. I love your adventures. 🙂


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